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Scope and Eligibility

CLP embedded a culture of support and development for a diverse range of leaders in the sector, building on existing practice, addressing current gaps in provision, learning lessons from other sectors and countries, and ensuring that this initial investment delivers a sound basis for long-term change in business leadership skills development.

Target area of leadership development

1. Current leaders

The programme supported the development of existing cultural leaders, ensuring they had the skills to achieve maximum impact for themselves and their organisations. The programme supported the needs of senior leaders and provided opportunities for mid-career leaders, supporting them in gaining the skills and aptitudes to progress in their careers and in widening their range of options to contribute as leaders in the cultural sector.

2. Future and emerging leaders

The programme promoted the development of future leaders so that they could augment existing creative ability with business and entrepreneurial skills.

3. Boards and trustees as cultural leaders

The programme improved the development and training of board members and trustees of cultural and creative organisations enabling them to provide the governance, leadership and advice necessary to meet the challenges that organisations will face.

Sector spread

The Cultural Leadership Programme sought to benefit the wider creative and cultural industries. The projectís primary focus was the core cultural sector under the following definitions: Crafts; Libraries & Archives; Museums & Galleries; Music; and Performing, Literary & Visual Arts. The programme sought to benefit the wider creative and cultural sector, in areas such as advertising, design, the historic environment and other creative industry businesses. While it was not envisaged that the audio visual industry would be one of the core sectors for the programme, areas of crossover and potential benefit were explored.

Geographical spread

The projectís primary focus was England. However, partnerships and collaborative opportunities were facilitated in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, ensuring that the benefits of the programme were not limited by geographic boundaries but would also take into account the potential offered by international models of best practice.


Individuals or organisations based (living) outside the European Union were not able to apply for Cultural Leadership Programme activities.

For further information please refer to the Arts Council England's website.