Tom Bracy

Tom Bracy

Bracy Group, LLC


Tom Bracy employs his nearly 30 years’ experience in education, marketing, and management to perform a variety of roles. He is known as an advocate, consultant, and educator.

Bracy manages his own consulting firm, Bracy Group, LLC, specializing in organizational development marketing, and fundraising. He has helped equip educators, school districts, and non-profit organizations with resources, networks, and tools to build, enhance, and sustain their programs. As an advocate of music and the arts he has cultivated relationships with key educational influencers and educational policy advisors across the country. He specializes in helping organizations maximize their potential growth.

He is currently the executive director (Chicago) for The People’s Music School. The People’s Music School believes music is transformative and empowers the lives of youth, families, and communities. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct instructor for Northeastern Illinois University (Business), College of DuPage (Music Business) and North Park University (Arts Administration).

He is an educational clinician for Conn-Selmer, Inc., a division of Steinway Musical Instruments, where his last post included being the director of urban education.

Bracy was the chief executive officer of Harmony Project National Division. Harmony Project builds safer schools and communities while closing the achievement gap through the teaching of music. His primary role was to support its nine affiliates in six states throughout the U.S serving thousands of students.

During his 13-year tenure with Merit School of Music, Bracy served in nearly every capacity at the Chicago-based community music school. His last post was as their executive director. Before joining Merit, Bracy was executive director of the Association for Catholic Music Education. He also worked for the Chicago Park District as an area manager.

He started his career as a band director for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Bracy’s primary instrument is percussion with additional studies in trombone. He earned his Master of Management, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Human Resources Management from North Park University in Chicago.

  Session Titles

Do We Always Need to Beat our Own Drum?


Bringing awareness to your program-how to tell your story

Fundraising Made Easy


Learning about the new ways-paradigm shift-in fundraising for your school, district, and/or program

Grant Writing 101


There's more to just writing a's the way to get started...

Make Music...Build Lives


Using Music as a vehicle to change lives-Advocacy

Urban Education: Myths and realities


Understanding urban education and teaching in diverse communities