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15 up-and-coming leaders will be joining the City of Culture Leadership Programme that will run across the next two years as part of Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture.

The aim of the programme is to strengthen and diversify the next generation of leadership for Coventry’s creative sector to reflect the diversity and cultural strengths of the city.

The successful applicants include filmmakers, entrepreneurs, artists, DJs and writers, as well as dancers, event organisers, community group leaders and clothing company creators, who will all receive support and funding to continue their work within Coventry’s creative community. As well as receiving mentoring and access to training, the programme will provide the leaders with a digital space which will enable them to continue networking and sharing ideas and updates.

Applicants who did not make it onto the programme will be supported from the Coventry City of Culture Trust with microgrants to fund their cultural and artistic business ideas, and support their professional and personal development.