The new regional cultural consortia will have to draw up cultural strategies for the regional development agencies.
Members of the consortia will be drawn from local authorities and creative industries and are expected to represent the arts, museums, tourism, libraries, sports, film and architecture.
The government is looking for chairmen for the new consortia, which will start work later this year, and is asking people and organisations to pur names forward.
'We want the regions themselves to come forward with candidates for the chairmanship of the new bodies. We are looking for people who are recognised as significant figures in their region and who are well able to represent and speak for culture in it widest sense.'