Arts Council England
Arts Council England announces £6 million fund investing in leadership development across museums, libraries and arts
Arts Council England yesterday, 10 January 2019, launched Transforming Leadership, a £6 million fund that aims to ensure that arts and cultural leaders are appropriately skilled to support the continued growth, diversity and long-term sustainability of 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.”
A total of £6 million is available for programmes that must begin no later than 1 October 2019 and end no later than 31 March 2022. Application is a two-stage process and the deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is 12pm (midday), 7 February 2019.
Notes to editors
Application guidance has been published on the Arts Council England website here.
Transforming Leadership has been developed from and informed by two pieces of research commissioned by Arts Council England:
- Changing cultures: Transforming leadership in the arts, museums and libraries; a report by Kings College that aims to help us understand how leadership values and behaviours relate to organisational outcomes, and to determine how interventions work to develop executive leadership skills.
- Leadership, workforce development and skills in the arts, creative and cultural sector; an evidence review by Consilium assessing how the arts, creative and cultural sector has progressed since 2010 with regards to its leadership, skills, workforce development and workforce diversity.
Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk
Nisha Emich – National Communications Officer
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