STRATEGIC PRIORITIES 2022-2026

We have identified five strategic priorities for 2022–26:

1. FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Thinking long-term; seeking and engaging potential partners and nurturing those relationships for mutual benefit; providing for the vibrancy of the Network in perpetuity,  in tune with users and abreast of advances in technology; establishing income streams from three sources: 

  • time and expertise of volunteers and employees of partner institutions
  • annual donations of members (individuals and organisations)
  • public funding, core and project-based, in alliance with partners in research, education, and culture sectors.

2. EASE OF USE AND QUALITY OF DESIGN

Improvements to user experience driven by active engagement with a broad spectrum of users; a seamless and internally-reinforcing system that allows all users to navigate productively based on their individual needs and interests; positioning every pibroch as an artefact that can tell a multifaceted story; ensuring attractive, engaging, and intuitive design, fit for purpose and able to adapt with agility in response to changing needs, interests, digital devices, and digital standards.

3. NEW CONTENT SERVING THE RESEARCH INTERESTS OF PIBROCH INSIDERS

Making early source material and insights into its interpretation ever more accessible and applicable to the widest possible variety of pipers and other performers / teachers / students / researchers / listeners of pibroch; drawing such communities together in informed and collegial debate, driven by passionate musical curiosity and respect.

4. NEW CONTENT SERVING THE RESEARCH INTERESTS OF PIBROCH OUTSIDERS

Bringing pibroch and canntaireachd into the school classroom, the community choir, the instrumental ensemble (steelpan, concert band, jazz, gamelan, taiko, etc.); promoting pibroch for health and wellbeing, an antidote to the rat race; reaching out to hear quieter voices with valuable things to say, excluded for systemic reasons.

5. SUPPORTING NEW RESEARCH AND COLLABORATIONS

Continually reaching out to new partners, communities, and artistic and educational sectors, formal and informal; regularly applying for arts- and education-based project grants that elicit new audiences and innovative musical collaborations; partnering with HMEIs and research funders to develop PhD-level studentships on any topic consistent with our Vision and Mission.

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