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Arts Council announces Darren Henley as new CEO

By | Published on Thursday 18 December 2014

Darren Henley

Arts Council England has announced that Classic FM MD Darren Henley will take over as its new CEO. He will replace Alan Davey at a date still to be agreed.

Says Henley: “Alan Davey leaves quite a legacy. He made sure that the Arts Council enabled great work to happen. I want to build on that by working with our National Chair and the Chairs of our Area Councils to champion the importance of art and culture in so many aspects of our lives – personal, social and economic. Of course we must be responsive and adapt to the world around us, but the foundation stone is laid in terms of the Arts Council’s ten year strategy”.

One of the things launched under Davey’s tenure, of course, was the Momentum Music Fund, which for the first time made Arts Council money directly available to contemporary musicians outside jazz, classical and folk. Earlier this month it was announced that the scheme would run for a further year beyond its two year pilot period.