arts strategic planning

Ellis Jones’ arts strategic planning practice works with major cultural institutions, performing arts companies, major festivals, local government, galleries and performance spaces.

With often limited resources, arts boards and executive teams must be agile yet structured in their efforts to maintain sustainability.

Technology escalates in capacity but also cost. Funding is never certain, despite the expressed policies of arts funding agencies, sponsors and philanthropists. The rules can change, even if the fundamentals don’t: great art is great art.

Mediums merge and shift, changing the competitive landscape but also present new opportunities. Grasping those opportunities affect the brand, the makeup of the organisation and the sources of funding.

The identity of the company or institution, the identity of its artistic or curatorial leadership and the identity of the work all interrelate – and intersect with the identity of the audience. Brand and audience experience need to

In the case of great artistic institutions, it is often a major change in infrastructure that impacts the organisation negatively in the short term but positively into the future. The challenge is navigating that path.

Ellis jones’ arts strategic planning helps organisations design their future and manage pivotal periods in their evolution. Our arts strategic planning can comprise:

  • Board strategic planning facilitation
  • Organisational restructures
  • Change management strategy and planning
  • Employee impact mapping, engagement and change campaigns
  • Major development planning
  • Social impact framing, definition and reporting
  • Approaches to funding and philanthropy, including capital campaigns

We have provided strategic planning and related advice to leading arts organisations such as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Chunky Move, State Library Victoria and the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP).

Our government arts strategic planning work has been provided to the Victorian government and the City of Melbourne as well as local councils.

Talk to us about arts strategic planning.