Arts Council England has given £7.1m to 18 leadership development programmes aimed at the leaders of arts charities and other organisations.
The funding from the Transforming Leadership Fund is specifically aimed at leaders from museums, libraries and arts organisations, including charities.
The 18 projects include those focused on specific issues around diversity among arts sector leaders, developing executive skills and providing opportunities for leaders in the early stages of their careers.
Arts Council England said that 70 per cent of all participants in the schemes would be based outside London, with one of the successful programmes that has received funding being centred on Coventry’s reign as UK City of Culture in 2021.
An external evaluation of the programme will also be commissioned by Arts Council England.
Mags Patten, executive lead for workforce development at Arts Council England, said: "Our evidence tells us we have a generation of cultural leaders with great ambition, but also great pressures bearing down on them.
"This fund is an investment in those leaders, offering them development opportunities that will give them time and space to think.
"By supporting a diverse range of emerging and established leaders, we think we are more likely to achieve the vision laid out in our proposed ten-year strategy: of a country where everyone’s creativity is valued and high-quality cultural experiences are available to each of us."