American Jazz Museum
1616 East 18th Street
Kansas City MO 64108-1610
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 4216121
Mission Statement
The mission of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City is to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through performance, exhibition, education, and research at one of the country's jazz crossroads - 18th & Vine.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner
Board Chair Ms. Anita Maltbia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Advocate
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City is to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through performance, exhibition, education, and research at one of the country's jazz crossroads - 18th & Vine.
Background Statement
As part of Kansas City's commitment to the redevelopment of the Historic 18th and Vine District, which was the center of commerce and culture for Kansas City's African-American community for over 60 years, the City built a new facility to house the "Museums at 18th and Vine" -- the Kansas City Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum -- and renovated a 1912 African-American movie theater into the 500-seat Gem Theater for the Performing and Cultural Arts.
 
Mayor Cleaver shepherded the project which resulted in a sparkling complex that officially opened to great community and critical acclaim in the early fall of 1997. Soon after, the Museum and its board and staff determined that the Kansas City Jazz Museum's name should be changed to the American Jazz Museum to reflect that the museum is the only museum in the world that is totally devoted to America's true classical music -- jazz.
 
The American Jazz Museum fulfills its mission by serving as a good caretaker of its collections and artifacts and managing the Blue Room jazz club, the Gem Theater, the Changing Gallery, and the public spaces of the Museums at 18th & Vine.
Impact Statement
The American Jazz Museum reaches an average of 150,000 patrons from diverse ethnic groups, geographic locations, and socioeconomic classes each year. Our constituents come to the Museum from all over the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area, our region, and the world.
 
FY 2016-2017 Accomplishments:
  • Education Programs: Kansas City Jazz Academy launched last fall, is an exciting music education program offering free weekly education and performance opportunities to aspiring musicians. With a focus on underserved youth, all classes are free of charge. Classes are also available to toddlers and elementary grade students, and their families. Jazz Storytelling, an early education program expanded to a weekly program drawing 1,300 participants. The interactive program exposes children to new music and cultures, while meeting educational standards.
  • Jazz at the Gem concert season: The 2016-2017 Jazz at the Gem concert series included seven performances. Performers included Jonathan Butler, Bobby Watson, Tim Warfield, Ramsey Lewis, Pieces of a Dream, Dianne Reeves; and Jack DeJohnette.
  • Spectrum exhibition: The Museum hosted an innovative exhibition highlighting over 70 works of digital imagery illuminating relationships between Autism and Jazz music.
 
FY 2017-2018 Goals:
  • Strategic Plan implementation: In January 2016, the Museum's Board of Directors initiated a new strategic plan. The plan includes more than 15 objectives pertaining to each of the 5 directives.
  • Kansas City Jazz and Heritage Festival: The Museum will relaunch the annual Jazz Festival, previously named Rhythm and Blues. The goals expand the festival and make it a citywide event.
  • Kansas City and All That Jazz exhibition: The museum’s short-term goals modernize the permanent exhibition space, making it compatible with today’s technology.
Needs Statement
The American Jazz Museum’s largest current need is for general operating support. Other funding needs include:  
  1. Support for education programs, including Kansas City Jazz Academy, Jazz Storytelling, Louder Than A Bomb poetry competition, Student Jazz Festival, and Riffing on the Repertoire author speaker series;
  2. Support for all performance series, including Blue Room performances, Jazz at the Gem concert series, and free public concert; 
  3. Funds for collections conservation stewardship in order to safeguard the permanent gallery and museums collections; 
  4. Endowment support;
  5. Marketing funds for increased visibility of the Museum's programs;
  6. Planned giving;
  7. Corporate Sponsorships;
  8. Board members. 
Contact Jessica Thompson, Director of Development and Communications, at (816) 421-6121 or jthompson@kcjazz.org for more information about supporting the American Jazz Museum. 
Service Categories
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Elementary & Secondary Schools
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Areas of Service
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MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Word has it that “While Jazz was born in New Orleans, it grew up in Kansas City,” and that’s why we have America’s Jazz Museum right here in Kansas City! This is where artists cut their teeth, where schoolchildren come to learn, and scat-singers come to do that thing they do so well!

This is where it lives! Where jazz lives. This is a place where it grows and continues to evolve.

Each year, the Museum provides an economic impact on the Kansas City area of more than $9M dollars. Some of that is from tourists, and some of that is locally-generated money that stays local. With everything we do, we have a commitment to using local vendors and services; and of course local performing artists. We proudly hired more than 1,000 Kansas-City-area jazz artists just last year. And when we bring in national and international headliners – such as Karrin Allyson, Chick Corea, and Poncho Sanchez resulting in nearly 1,300 jazz artist paychecks last year — that generates more ticket sales and attracts thousands of tourists to the area, where they also patronize restaurants, other clubs and businesses, and pay local sales taxes.

Yet, even as the Museum benefits the community, we require support from the individuals of the community. Each year we operate on a mixture of revenue sources. We benefit from ticket sales and facility rentals. We receive municipal funding, corporate sponsorships, and grant funding from philanthropic foundations in and outside of the city. But most importantly, we rely on individuals who share our passion, who make the commitment to be individual donors to the American Jazz Museum. These revenue sources help keep many of our programs free to the public.

Many of the school tours and educational programs we offer are accessible to the more than 20,000 school-aged children we see each year. Fun programs, such as our weekly Jazz Storytelling sessions fill our lobby with happy little kids who don’t even realize they’re learning valuable life lessons through jazz-infused stories like “How to Hear Colors & How to See Sounds.” Louder Than A Bomb, provides a platform where teenagers use spoken-word and jazz as their backdrop to express their life experiences in a way that benefits them resulting in positive character-building, enhanced critical thinking and cultural enrichment.

These initiatives are what help to keep Jazz a living art-form. We are preserving the authenticity of jazz, even as we encourage people to use jazz to find their own voices. We are doing important things here and there is every reason to believe that Kansas City will be a better place for it.

Programs
Description
Jazz at the Gem, the American Jazz Museum’s subscription performance series was lauded by The Kansas City Star as one of the most important cultural additions to our community in recent years. It features high profile national and international jazz musicians in performance at the 18th & Vine Historic Gem Theater. This series of seven concerts annually presents some of the most celebrated jazz artists on the scene today including Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Joshua Redmon and NEA American Jazz Masters Jimmy Heath, Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis and Dave Brubeck, Randy Weston, Curtis Fuller and more. The 2016-2017 concert series featured Jonathan Butler, Bobby Watson, Tim Warfield, Ramsey Lewis, Pieces of a Dream, Dianne Reeves; and Jack DeJohnette.
 
Program Budget $600,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The museum marks short term success by having the series recognized as a top jazz program in Kansas City. Local and regional residents anticipate the presentation of great jazz performed in this landmark community. This annual series affords them the opportunity to hear world famous and first rate artists in a historic environment where Kansas City musicians became international legends. Young aspiring jazz musicians become actively engaged in conversation with the national artists learning about the music and their careers. Being a major jazz presenter better positions the museum for funding from national supporters of jazz.
Long-Term Success Jazz at the Gem features outstanding musicians in one of the few national jazz series in the city. Long term success is defined by the development and maintenance of a sold-out series with 50% subscription sales sustained over several years. Subscriptions currently represent 5% of ticket sales. Consistent sell-outs would be indicative of having developed a dedicated jazz audience. The long term success of this series would position the Museum and Kansas City among the nation’s premiere jazz presenters. The long term success of this program insures the continued increase in the number of visitors to the Historic District, more variety and higher quality of jazz in the city and more work for jazz musicians. It helps to solidify Kansas City as a major jazz attraction for local, regional, and national audiences.  Finally, it builds a commitment of future generations to support the music.
Program Success Monitored By Progress is monitored by early ticket sales, return sales, and interest of new season ticket holders and single concert newcomers. We track concert reviews, comments by the performing artists, and feedback from local artists and their interest in attending the performances. We evaluate the success of our marketing efforts that inform the public and sell tickets to the performances, measuring ticket sales, public response, and the ability to attract support.
Examples of Program Success The audience is becoming very diverse with respect to the age of the individuals attending the concerts. In our most recent season, there was an attendance increase in young people between the ages of 22-35. In previous years, the general age group has been 35 and older. More of the performances are filling the 500 seat venue to capacity and subscriptions sales are increasing. More importantly, some of the most acclaimed jazz artists in the world are personally seeking the opportunity to perform at the Gem Theater, a small 500-seat venue in this historic district. Additionally, we have received a record number of opportunities for program and event partnerships from organizations, institutions, and individuals. There is a growing appreciation and a broader spectrum of supporters for jazz and the quality of programming at 18th & Vine.
Description The American Jazz Museum presents multiple exhibitions per year in its 4,400 square foot Changing Gallery space. These exhibits vary widely from fine art exhibitions featuring the work of national and local artists to a history exhibition on the Montomery Bus Boycott. These exhibitions always tie back into the mission of the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (often both) as well as the story of the 18th & Vine Historic District. In 2016-2017, the museum hosted an innovative exhibition highlighting over 70 works of digital imagery illuminating relationships between Autism and Jazz music. In addition, the museum partnered with the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the KC Public Library to display a photography exhibition by renowned Cuban photographer Jesse Fernandez. 
Program Budget $350,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museums
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The short term success for the gallery will be to present rotating exhibits focusing on historical topics and visual art, in addition to related public programming that is free and open to the general public.
Long-Term Success The long term success for the Changing Gallery will be measured by its ability to continuously present diverse and educational exhibits and public programming, while helping to build a new growing audience to the museums and to the district over a number of years. Moreover, success will be measured by the enhanced reputation the museum earns by presenting high-quality exhibitions and public programs in the eyes of the performing and visual arts communities.
Program Success Monitored By Qualitative progress and success are monitored and measured in four primary ways: 1) attendance at Changing Gallery opening receptions; 2) tracking the number of tour requests and groups scheduled; 3) through an electronic door traffic counter which tallies the number of individuals entering the museum doors; and 4) an increase in the number of requests for collaboration from other arts presenters and institutions of learning. 
Examples of Program Success Exhibits in the Changing Gallery help to bridge communities and cultures. Each year the Changing Gallery hosts some of the most sought after traveling exhibitions in the nation. Add to that the strong draw associated with local artists who may be presented. As a result, some 300,000-plus visitors tour the Changing Gallery on an annual basis. Additional anecdotal evidence also suggests that the Changing Gallery is meeting its prescribed goals. There has been an increase in the number of corporations and community organizations seeking to partner with the museum in the sponsorship of new exhibitions. These new and continued partnerships are helping to build the museum’s audience as well as provide a future support base for the organization.
Description Jazz Storytelling is one of the Museum's most popular initiatives. It is an interactive celebration of music tailored to pre-schoolers that introduces them to the sights and sounds of jazz that takes place every Friday. A storytelling team, comprised of a professional storyteller, a vocalist, and two musicians, teaches the mechanics of jazz and introduces America's classical music through song, instrumental music, dance, and stories. Approximately 1,300 children participate annually.
Program Budget $32,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families, Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short term success is defined by how engaged children are during the program. The museum monitors the children's reaction to activities and ability to follow and understand the concepts being presented. This program will be the first experience with live music for most of the children. Short time success of the program is to deliver a fun, engaging, educational program that will introduce students to live music and jazz. This program is also a way to introduce parents to the American Jazz Museum’s programming and the impact music can have on their child’s development.
Long-Term Success Using developmentally appropriate musical experiences such as singing, dancing, and playing small rhythmic instruments, children will develop basic music competencies, while interacting socially with others in a group setting. As well, children will be exposed to the basic fundamentals of music including: melody, harmony, and rhythm as well as the historic development of these elements leading to the creation of jazz. Students will also develop music listening and audience participation skills: What to listen for, how the performer interacts, when it is appropriate to applaud, when to keep quiet etc. The overall result of this program is to give students at a young age an experience and understanding of musical art that will begin an innate appreciation and interest in the performing arts.
Program Success Monitored By The program is monitored by the use of an evaluation form given to parents and caregivers. The staff monitors these evaluations to make improvements and modification to our programs and to address any goals not met. We also conduct interviews with teachers to get feedback on how the children have responded to the programs. Based on input from curriculum consultants observed the program runs 45 minutes, for maximum results.
Examples of Program Success Tracy Drinkard came with her 18-month old daughter and sent a thank you note to the Museum for producing the program that said, "The Jazz Storytelling experience for us could be summed up in one simple comment...It was like being on the set of a live version of Sesame Street while they were filming." Every Friday the atrium of the Museum is full of young children enjoying the fantastic performing styles of Lisa Henry and Brother John.
Description The Kansas City Jazz Academy is an exciting new music education program offering free education and performance opportunities to aspiring musicians. The Jazz Academy operates weekly throughout the year. With a focus on underserved youth, all classes are free of charge with transportation assistance available. The program emphasizes hands-on performance and Student Jam Sessions providing students with experiences in "sitting in," in a low-risk environment. Classes are also available to toddlers and elementary grade students, and their families. These classes focus on having fun as kids learn music and movement fundamentals. Participants in the Kansas City Jazz Academy benefit from having access to some of the best jazz artists in the world through mentoring and special workshops. Students are encouraged to form their own ensembles, to give back to the community through public performance.
Program Budget $500,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success is measured by students' ability to learn basic music theory as prescribed by the National Standards for Arts Education; by their discovery of music's connection with life's experiences and its impact on personal development; and by their greater understanding of the relationships between musical performance and business.
Long-Term Success Through instruction in musical performance and business practices and exposure to positive adult role models in the music world, students will gain a positive vision for their future and consider a career as a professional musician a viable option.  Thus, the museum hopes to grow a new cadre of jazz artists.
Program Success Monitored By

Though it is difficult to monitor students’ success as musicians, there are many intangible outcomes that attest to the program’s value and impact. Students emerge from the program with character strengths, a heightened sense of responsibility, self-discipline, and a positive attitude about the future. Teachers, parents, community members, and students report visible improvements, and the program has enjoyed many success stories.

Examples of Program Success Overall school attendance has increased for those students who were delinquent, as students are not allowed to take part in the Institute unless they attend school full-time. Thus, in several cases, the Kansas City Jazz Academy has been responsible for getting children off the streets and back into the classroom.  In addition, several Institute graduates have obtained music scholarships at universities and have chosen to pursue their studies either as musicians or as music educators. In two cases, musicians from the All-Star Band have also gone on to become national recording artists.
CEO Comments

Our programming and performance series are the evolving elements of our mission. There is much about which we are extremely proud. First of all, our Jazz at the Gem series has been praised by The Kansas City Star as perhaps the finest series of its kind in Kansas City.  The Blue Room has been honored seven years in a row as one of the Top 100 jazz clubs in the world by the prestigious international jazz magazine Downbeat. The Blue Room has earned five annual awards as Kansas City’s Visitor’s choice for favorite jazz club. The American Jazz Museum's Changing Gallery offers consistently high-quality exhibitions to the Kansas City arts community.  

Our ongoing partnerships with community center and other museums and institutions of learning have brought thousands of newcomers to the historic district and the Museums at 18th and Vine. Their distinctive cultural and ethnic experiences have added a new shape and dimension to our programming efforts.
 
Our annual Jazz Festival, our free concert series, expanded public programs, educational jazz festivals, John H. Baker Jazz Film Collection Exhibition and new education programs such as Kansas City Jazz Academy, have sparked new energy and support for the museum introducing thousands of Kansas Citizens and tourists to the jazz.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner
Term Start Mar 2016
Experience A seasoned nonprofit leader who has garnered numerous awards and recognition for her work, Kositany-Buckner assumed the role of Executive Director at the American Jazz Museum in March 2016 following a 25-year career with the Kansas City Public Library. As Deputy Director at the Library, Kositany-Buckner led key projects that include the design and renovation of the library’s L.H. Bluford and Plaza branches, and the development and launch of the award winning website, “Civil War on the Western Border.” She assumed oversight of strategic initiatives in early 2015, spearheading the Library’s ongoing involvement in a community-wide effort to expand underserved residents’ access to the Internet. Kositany-Buckner has received the President’s Award from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was recently awarded the Lucile H. Bluford Special Achievement Award from the Kansas City Chapter of the NAACP.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Gregory A Carroll July 2007 - July 2015
Juanita Moore Apr 2002 - Sept 2006
Senior Staff
Title Entertainment Director/Blue Room General Manager
Experience/Biography Has been employed at the Museum for almost 10 years, is a professional musician and instructor of the alto and soprano saxophone. Has played with national artists such as Illinois Jacquet, Bobby Watson, Ida McBeth, the 18th & Vine Big Band, just to name a few.
Title Director of Visotor Services
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 24
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 150
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 92%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 18
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 21
Male 3
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
The American Jazz Museum partners with over 150 community and corporate organizations annually. Repeat collaborations include partnerships with the Mexican Consulate of Kansas City, Mattie Rhodes Center, Charlotte Street Foundation, Brown Foundation, Coda Fund Committee, Thompson Group, Truman Presidential Museum & Library, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, International Association of Jazz Educators, Blue Cross BlueShield, Reel Images Film, UMKC, DeLaSalle Education Center, Black Economic Union, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Mutual Musicians Foundation, Full Employment Council, Carlsen Center, and Swope Ridge Geriatric Center.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
American Association of Museums - Member1997
Association of African American Museums - Member1997
Smithsonian Museum - Affiliate2000
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the WorldDownbeat Magazine2009
Best Jazz ClubKC Convention & Visitors Association2009
Community PartnerCoda Jazz Fund2007
Annual Report, 1st PlaceThe Philly Awards honoring Excellence2006
City's Best Jazz ClubAOL.com CityGuide2006
Jazz Masters Live GranteeNational Endowment for the Arts2009
Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the WorldDownbeat Magazine2007
Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the WorldDownbeat Magazine2008
Best Jazz ClubKC Convention & Visitors Association2008
Annual ReportThe Philly Awards Honoring Excellence2009
City's Best Jazz ClubAOL.com CityGuid2007
Best Tour GuidePitch Magazine2009
Jazz Masters Live GrantNational Endowment for the Arts2008
Appropriations GranteeCongretional Directed Funds2009
NomineeComing Up Taller Award2008
NomineeComing Up Taller Award2009
Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the WorldDownbeat Magazine2010
Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the WorldDownbeat Magazine2011
Top 150 Jazz Clubs in the WorldDownbeat Magazine2012
Best Jazz ClubKC Convention & Visitors Association2010
Best Jazz ClubKC Convention & Visitors Association2011
Favorite Jazz ClubKC Convention & Visitors Association2012
Favorite Music FestivalKC Convention & Visitors Association2011
Favorite Music FestivalKC Convention & Visitors Association2012
Favorite Music FestivalKC Convention and Visitors Association2013
Top 150 Jazz Clubs in the WorldDownbeat Magazine2013
Top 150 Jazz Clubs in the WorldDownbeat Magazine2014
Favorite Music FestivalVisitKC2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
The American Jazz Museum is a premier destination that expands the influence and knowledge of Jazz throughout greater Kansas City and the world. As the only museum in the world solely focused on the preservation, exhibition, and advancement of jazz music, the Museum is dedicated to public service and collaborative efforts to expand the influence, awareness and appreciation of jazz among the widest demographic of people across the Kansas City region, as well as among those based in various locations worldwide. 

Since the birth of America’s only indigenous art form and its journey across the globe, certain cities have put distinctive stamps in its sound, history, and development. Kansas City is one of those cities and it is one of the greatest purveyors of jazz.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Anita Maltbia
Company Affiliation Community Advocate
Term May 2015 to May 2018
Email amaltbia70@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Angie Atkinson US Dept of Health and Human Services
Mr. Jason Carter-Solomon Enterprise Bank and Trust
Mr. Derald Davis Kansas City Public Schools
Dr. Derald Davis Kansas City Public Schools
Dr. Lloyd Dixon Discover Vision Centers
Ms. Sally Firestone Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Gerken Community Volunteer
Mr. Paul Herbers
Mr. John Hoffman Community Volunteer
Ms. Monica Houpe
Mr. Elmer Jackson American Jazz Museum
Ms. Kaleena James VisitKC
Mr. Brian Johnston Sponsorship Focus
Mr. Courtney Jones Stratus Group, LLC
Mr. Ron Jones KCUR
Councilman Quinton Lucas City of Kansas City, MO
Ms. Anita Maltbia Community Volunteer
Mr. Alfred Pearson Mutual Musicians Foundation
Mr. John Readey Bryan Cave, LLP
Councilman Jermaine Reed City of Kansas City, MO
Mr. Charles Runnion IIISpringBoard Financial
Mr. George Shadid
Mr. James Weitzel Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 11
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 63%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 88%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Audit
Human Resources / Personnel
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
By-laws
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Marketing
CEO Comments

Entering into the 20th year of its operation, the American Jazz Museum is faced with board turnover and the need for enhanced board development. While we have been extremely fortunate to have a dedicated and active Board of Directors – many of whom have served multiple terms – we are at a time in the organization’s evolution where change is inevitable. To that end, the board of directors and executive leadership have done the following: approved the expansion of its board from 18 to 25 members, paving the way for additional expertise and diversity; committed to annual board development and training to insure better connectivity to the museum’s mission and the role of the board; recently installed five new members of the board, bringing diversity in many areas including expertise, age, board experience, and diversity; implemented new policies and a set of prescribed duties and responsibilities for board of directors; establishing new committees in the areas of Governance, By-Laws, Marketing and Fund Development. Existing committees include Finance and Audit and Executive. This effort, under the exceptional leadership of our Chairman of the Board aims to support the hard working staff and volunteers and insure long-term continuity and sustainability of the American Jazz Museum mission.

Financials
Fiscal Year Start May 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Apr 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $2,122,394
Projected Expenses $2,122,092
Endowment Value $746,313
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Percentage 0
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 4/30/2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 4/30/2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements. 
  • Foundations/Corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$211,436$265,504$247,055
Government Contributions$604,363$649,363$727,363
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$727,363
Unspecified$604,363$649,363$0
Individual Contributions----$0
$0$0$0
$905,719$926,939$626,351
Investment Income, Net of Losses$50,043$101,157$52,338
Membership Dues$9,290$7,420$4,400
Special Events$78,779$51,510$256,993
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$71,634$1,647$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,367,176$1,379,958$464,130
Administration Expense$319,439$387,284$1,476,911
Fundraising Expense$185,198$139,157$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.051.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%72%24%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue21%14%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,463,110$1,372,350$1,238,987
Current Assets$621,154$568,473$512,893
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$242,973$211,664$251,911
Total Net Assets$1,220,137$1,160,686$987,076
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.562.692.04
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund $90,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Sprint $50,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --City of Kansas City, MO $50,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To raise funds for capital improvements needed for the museum.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
The American Jazz Museum is a premier destination that expands the influence and knowledge of Jazz throughout greater Kansas City and the world. As the only museum in the world solely focused on the preservation, exhibition, and advancement of jazz music, the Museum is dedicated to public service and collaborative efforts to expand the influence, awareness and appreciation of jazz among the widest demographic of people across the Kansas City region, as well as among those based in various locations worldwide. 

Since the birth of America’s only indigenous art form and its journey across the globe, certain cities have put distinctive stamps in its sound, history, and development. Kansas City is one of those cities and it is one of the greatest purveyors of jazz.

Organization Name American Jazz Museum
Address 1616 East 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 641081610
Primary Phone (816) 4216121
Contact Email jthompson@kcjazz.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner
Board Chair Ms. Anita Maltbia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Advocate
Year of Incorporation 1994