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Strategic Planning Consultant
Proposals are to be received by March 30, 2023
The Washington Conservatory of Music (WCM) is soliciting proposals from consultants experienced in strategic planning to lead the Conservatory Board of Directors and staff through a strategic planning process for a three-year plan.
Specifically, WCM is seeking a consultant to provide the following services:
WCM may identify a group of firms as finalists in the process. All firms will be notified of selection or non- selection as a finalist by May 15, 2023
WCM may invite finalists to participate in a follow-up conversation or interview, likely to be held the 3rd week of May. It is anticipated that the decision regarding the selection of a chosen firm will be confirmed no later than May 30, 2023
Applicants will receive the following WCM materials:
This RFP contains confidential information that is the property of WCM which is provided for the sole purpose of permitting the recipient to respond to the RFP. The recipient agrees to maintain such information in confidence and not to copy nor disclose this information to any person outside the group directly responsible for responding to its contents. The contents of this document may not be used for any purpose other than preparation of a response to this RFP.
WCM is committed to practices of equity, diversity and inclusion in music education. This commitment extends to identifying and doing business with diverse vendors including consultants.
Founded in 1984, WCM is one of 15 community music schools in the United States accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools and is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
The Washington Conservatory of Music (WCM) is dedicated to fostering the joy of music and guiding students of all ages – children, teens and adults – to reach their own musical goals and potential. WCM offers individual lessons, group classes, and summer camps at our Glen Echo Park campus.
At WCM, students may study without audition under the guidance of the Conservatory’s highly credentialed educators and performing artist faculty. Individual lessons are offered on piano, jazz piano, guitar, all strings, brass and woodwinds instruments, drum set, percussion, voice, theory, and composition. Group classes include voice, Irish music, guitar and ukulele, and early childhood music.
The Washington Conservatory is dedicated to giving back to the community by providing free concerts and free access to music education for children of immigrant and low-income families. In the past two decades, over 42,000 people have enjoyed WCM public professional concerts and events. Since 2017 over 1,000 children of underserved families have benefited from free outreach concerts and classes in their neighborhoods through the WCM Tapestry Music Project.
WCM free concerts and free outreach classes and performances are supported by grants and voluntary donations accepted at our free public concerts.
Washington Conservatory of Music provides exceptional musical learning and listening experiences for our students and community.
A community inspired and informed by the experience of music.
The Washington Conservatory is dedicated to creating a vital, inclusive, expansive musical listening and learning environment, serving the musical needs of people of all ages and diverse ethnic racial, cultural and economic backgrounds in Montgomery County. Through providing free music classes within communities of children of immigrant and low-income families of color, through presenting free concerts for people of all ages and income levels, and through the process of hiring outstanding musicians and dedicated educators to teach in-person and online music lessons, classes, ensembles, and camps, WCM is a transforming arts organization committed to reflecting the core values of gender and racial equality.
The applicant selected for this project will be expected to: guide WCM in establishing its Strategic Planning Team, conduct interviews and facilitate all working sessions with the Team and other key board and staff members, and perform an environmental scan and analysis of WCM.
Based on the analysis, specific goals will be identified and, ultimately, the consultant will develop a final strategic plan that provides WCM with clear objectives and action steps that lead to achieving organizational goals. The strategic plan will also include information on effectively monitoring progress and how and when WCM should reassess goals, objectives and action steps to make sure that they are still relevant and reflect changes that may impact WCM’s ability to implement the plan and recommendations.
Specific areas that need to be addressed in the creation of a three-year strategic plan include but may not be limited to:
The proposal will provide an executive summary of the work that will be performed by the consultant and a detailed work breakdown structure, with time frames, of the steps that will be taken to develop a strategic plan.
In awarding a contract for consulting services to develop a long-range strategic plan for the organization, WCM will examine several factors and criteria will include:
Please provide a complete written response to this RFP which is double-spaced and does not exceed 15 single-sided pages. Proposals should include:
Applicants must submit one electronic copy of the proposal. Please note that WCM will not return any proposals it receives and will not reimburse applicants for any costs they incur in developing their proposals.
Send completed proposals, by March 30, 2023 to: email@example.com