The Cultural Planning Group was formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, combining the consulting practices of the founders. The firm now has five partners, based in California, Philadelphia and Hawai’i. Our focus has expanded to include the largest cultural planning practice in the US. Our partners include some of the country’s foremost practitioners in organizational capacity building and public art. We often collaborate with colleague consultants and firms, and we have close, ongoing relationships with strategic partners that expand our own capacities.

Martin Cohen

Philadelphia, PA


Working with organizations who are actively interested in addressing the need for change.

Training / Education

I’ve spent nearly 30 years in the arts management field in a wide variety of organizations from small modern dance ensembles to large ballet companies; as executive director of a national service organization; and as a grant-maker focused on organizational capacity, leadership development and legacy planning.


I began my professional training as a musician though came to realize my talents were best utilized behind the curtain and off-stage. While I still dabble in music, I channel my creative energies into solving organizational challenges and working with others to achieve their best.


Currently I am a member of the Board of Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park, PA – the only synagogue building to have been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Wishful Thinking

Performing in a big band and touring the world!


Taking dance class in college – music was a much better fit.


Listening to a variety of views and opinions and helping others stay on track, focused on the issues and not wandering off on the tangents that are so tempting. Mediation and facilitation has come in handy and has played well to my strengths and core instincts. Also enjoy assisting individual leaders navigate decision-making when the path is not always clear.