Victoria Symphony Society Strategic Plan 2021-2024
The Victoria Symphony Society’s strategic plan for 2021-2024 has been developed under extraordinary circumstances. The arrival in 2020 of a new CEO, Matthew White, corresponded with the end of our previous five-year plan and created a unique opportunity to consider how best to chart the next three years, with new leadership at the helm.
This change in leadership also took place took during one of the most disruptive and challenging times in the history of the performing arts in Canada. The COVID-19 pandemic closed the doors of arts venues across the country, depriving our audiences of live music and threatening our financial stability. At the same time, it served as a strong reminder that the arts have unique power to provide comfort in a time of crisis and motivated us to re-imagine ways to share music with our audiences. Moreover, it reinforced our belief in the importance of defining a common direction and in articulating our guiding principles and our shared goals as we seek ways to continue to bring the transformational power of music to our community.
The result is the creation of this three-year plan, elaborated over the last six months, with the helpful input of a range of stakeholders, who provided suggestions on how to re-imagine our mission, vision and goals, during the current challenging times and beyond. Our donors, funders, audiences, artistic collaborators and venue partners all provided comments, along with the Symphony musicians, staff and Board and Foundation members.