Strategic Plan

festive painted mural

CMSS' 2023 - 2027 Strategic Plan

Community Music School of Springfield is a vibrant and trusted arts organization that is built upon addressing community needs and providing opportunities for music-making to people of all ages. In 2022, CMSS embarked on a strategic planning process with consultant Julie Koo of opens in a new windowTDC.

Completed in February 2023, our 2023-2027 Strategic Plan summarizes key findings and agreements of the planning work. It includes:

  • Methodology: A description of the key milestones and participants in the process
  • Foundational Statements: Statements of mission, vision, and values refined during the process, as well as Unified Teaching Values articulated by faculty in the Effective Teaching Institute process
  • Theory of Change Goals: The overarching goal and goals related to financial health, adaptive capacity, and equity as articulated in CMSS’ Theory of Change developed through the opens in a new windowBarr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative
  • Programmatic Strategy: Prioritized strategies related to CMSS’s programs
  • Staff Culture and Leadership Development Strategy: A description of CMSS’s staff culture and areas for improvement; and CMSS’s intended approach to leadership development in preparation for eventual succession
  • Board Development Strategy: Key priorities for the board
  • Financial Strategy: Program-based financial analysis that includes an allocation of overhead and its implications
View our strategic plan summary opens in a new windowhereopens PDF file .

CMSS Perform-A-Thon