Long Range Goals
* The IBMA board will revisit plans and goals for 2012+ in the near future and welcomes member perspectives.
In April of 2008, at a planning retreat in Tennessee, the IBMA board of directors and staff gathered for three days to take stock of what we’ve accomplished, where we currently stand and take a look into the future. After additional work through the summer of 2008, the results of those meetings would manifest themselves in a document which details our leadership’s vision for the future of the IBMA and a plan for achieving the organization’s missions through specific goals and objectives.
The plan encompasses a time period of approximately three years to begin in 2008 and run through 2011. Some of the goals and plans may be completed before the end of that period and others may well carry forward into a future plan. In designating this time frame the board leadership recognizes this dynamic and also acknowledges that the changing nature of future circumstances and variables make it difficult to project a plan further without encumbering the authority of future boards.
In designing and adopting this plan, the board refocuses its attention on the mission of the organization, IBMA’s values statement and detailed priorities accompanied by specific action plans.
Writing and adopting the document, however, constitutes only an agreement among the leadership of IBMA on the direction it plans to take the organization in the future and the means by which it will impact the music it serves. The execution of the plan requires additional work, discussion, use of resources and constant reevaluation. Further, this document was created at a specific point in time (mid-2008), based on the knowledge available on current situations and certain assumptions about the future. As circumstances change during the course of this plan, leadership may need to shift the focus of these plans based on new information.
If leaders are to inspire their following, they must present a compelling picture of the future and what can be achieved. If our members from various business constituencies are to “work together" for our music’s success, then we need to know the aspirations we’re working together to achieve.
Participants shared thoughts about their vision for IBMA’s work over the next five years through June 2013, responding to questions such as:
“What has been achieved since 2008?
“What is happening?
“What are people saying about us?
After discussion and review of a draft, the following items were arrived at through consensus and represent the optimum achievements to which the leadership of IBMA aspires.
By June 30, 2013
IBMA CUSTOMERS BENEFIT
INCREASED MASS MARKET AWARENESS
JOINT VENTURES ADVANCE MUTUAL INTERESTS
A FINANCIALLY VIABLE AND GROWING ORGANIZATION
Accomplishing an organization’s mission and seeing its vision become reality requires commitment to specific goals and a broad understanding of the relationships between those goals. In most instances, there is a synergy between the goals adopted by IBMA with each goal making an individual contribution toward IBMA’s vision and, collectively, the product of achieving one goal may foster the success of another. The sum of the individual components of this plan is indeed greater than its individual parts.
They are summarized here and detailed further in multiple action plans which are available upon request. The priority in which they are seen by leadership is set to emphasize the importance each plays in the overall success of this plan. The prioritization may also serve as a tool that provides guidance and focus for the board in allocating limited resources.
These goals are for implementation and action prior to December 31, 2011.
TOP GOALS (in order of priority)
1. Build our customers?ability to succeed in the changing business environment.
2. Reach new audiences for bluegrass through media and events.
3. Increase and diversify IBMA resources, in order to further all goals and improve organizational stability.
4. Explore partnerships with other organizations to drive new opportunities.
REQUEST COMPLETE COPY
Members who would like a copy of the complete plan, IBMA: Strategic Plan 2008-2011 may obtain one at no cost by contacting the IBMA office at 615-256-3222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.