A Far Cry

A Far Cry: Strategic Planning

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A Far Cry is a twice Grammy-nominated self-conducted orchestra in Boston in which decisions are made collectively and leadership rotates among the players. This structure has led to consistently thoughtful, innovative, and unpredictable programming — and impactful collaborations with celebrated performers and composers. Working with the group, offered a new challenge for WolfBrown as the consultants assisted the organization in developing a strategic plan. The process required new approaches to refining ideas as well as coming to decisions in a timely manner given the collective decision-making structure. In addition to restated mission, vision, and values, the resulting plan provided action steps based around five key goals: ensuring financial sustainability; refining and leveraging the artistic process and product; integrating and expanding community partnerships and educational programming; centering equity and inclusivity in all aspects of the organization; and streamlining and strengthening organizational operations. A detailed multi-year financial plan was also included.