The art of writing a compelling strategic plan

In a highly competitive marketplace, the arts company that can convince funding bodies of its uniquely placed vision for the future is well-positioned to attract support.

Now is the time of the year when many arts organisation face funding rounds. And, part of that application process, it to submit your organisation’s visionary strategic plan for the next 3-5 years period. While it feels like just more paperwork, it is an important aspect of the assessment process.  

ArtsHub has sought advice on how to present a high-level strategic plan from a handful of experts, who collectively offer many years of experience in crafting such documents as well as submitting high-level grant applications.

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.