Arts Council England announces £6m fund for leadership development across museums, libraries & arts

Arts Council England has launched Transforming Leadership, a £6 million fund to ensure that arts and cultural leaders are skilled to support the sector.

The fund has been developed following research that highlighted the need to invest more in the arts and cultural workforce which also revealed specific issues around the development of executive skills at senior level, opportunities for early career leaders and diversity across leadership.

Leadership development providers are invited to apply for grants between £150,000-£1 million, to deliver a range of programmes that together will reach over 500 leaders at all stages of their careers and make a significant impact on the sector.

The fund will support proposals from providers including those that are able to bring in skills and learning from other sectors.

Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said: “For arts, culture and creativity to thrive we must invest as much in encouraging and developing people as we do in programming and buildings. Diverse and effective leadership is an essential component for the success, growth and sustainability of the sector.

This fund will create programmes that give arts and cultural leaders the time, space and resource to achieve their full potential, helping them ensure that museums, libraries and arts organisations are exciting and rewarding places in which to work.”