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American Jazz Museum

 

Kansas City, MO

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American Jazz Museum

Physical Address:
Kansas City, MO 64108 1610
EIN:
73-1650922
Web URL:
www.americanjazzmuse...
Leadership:
Mr. Gregory A. Carroll
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Fiscal Year Starting: May 01, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: Apr 30, 2012
Revenue
Total Revenue $1,799,585
Expenses
Total Expenses $1,790,166

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American Jazz Museum

Physical Address:
Kansas City, MO 64108 1610
EIN:
73-1650922
Web URL:
www.americanjazzmuse... 
NTEE Category:
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities 
A50 Museum & Museum Activities 
B Educational Institutions 
B20 Elementary, Secondary Ed 
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy 
R22 Minority Rights 
Ruling Year:
2002 

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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.

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Mr. Gregory A. Carroll

Term:

Since July 2007

Profile:

Assumed the responsibility as Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum on July 1, 2007. Previously served 10 years as the Director of Education for the Interational Association for Jazz Education responsible for directing IAJE's education and outreach programs worldwide. Has a proven track record of leadership skills in directing and supervising volunteer leaders and professional staff. Possesses strong business acumen; excellence in consensus building, and expertise in developing business and community partnerships and association affiliations. Has provided vision and managed the design, implementation, assessment and administration for more than 25 jazz education and outreach programs. Provided vibrant global perspective with a dedicated commitment to the promotion of jazz and jazz education worldwide. He is a celebrated jazz vibraphonist, percussionist, and pianist. He is also a passionate and consummate music educator, consultant, clinician and arts advocate.

Leadership Statement:

The American Jazz Museum -- through music performances,educational programs for children & families, and exhibitions -- continues to gain national and international attention for showcasing Kansas City's Historic Jazz District at 18th & Vine. In 2012, the museum presented three exhibitions in its Changing Gallery and each included free public programs and workshops. Additonally, the 2011-2012 fiscal year includes the following hightlights: The American Jazz Museum was the producer for the second consecutive year for the Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival held in October 2011. The one-day festival brings attendees inside the Museum and enjoys a smaller footprint in the 18th & Vine area. Jazz Links, the educational component of the Rhythm & Ribs Festival, returned with a wide array of programming.The museum partnered with the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the grand opening gala event. The Museum's Charlie Parker Grafton Saxophone was played by international saxophonist Bobby Watson and photographs from the Museum's collection were showcased.The Blue Room won the Best Jazz Club in Kansas City Visitor's Choice award given by the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association for the sixth consecutive year. In December, the Blue Room was designated one of DOWNBEAT Magazine's Top 16 Jazz Clubs in the World; it has also earned two recogitions as the top Kansas City Jazz Club by AOL City Gide and Bronze and Silver Awards for Best Jazz Club by Ingram's Magazine.Mayor Sly James presented a City Proclamation to the Museum; March and April were proclaimed to be Ella Fitzgerald months as the Museum celebrated Women in Jazz Month (March) and Jazz Appreciation Month (April).The American Jazz Museum expanded its internship program for area college students. They were instrumental in jump-s tarting the Museum's social media strategy. Additionally, the Museum received a substantial grant in March to assist with the basic design and infrastructure of the website and social media platform.The Museum partnered with Penn Valley Community College for a successful 18thand Vine Jazz Band Festival. More than 1,000 students converged on the Vine to enjoy performances in a non-competitive environment and clinics offered by international performers Logan Richardson and Maurice Brown.The museum was one of five hundred finalist organizations in the Toyota Cars for Good Program. The American Jazz Museum also has many exciting plans for the upcoming year. It will again take the lead on the Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival and use the event proceeds to support the museum's education programs and concerts. The museum will continue implementing the Benevon method of individual donor cultivation, creating a more structured and sustainable fundraising paradigm. In addition, the museum will examine how to improve marketing to the Kansas City community and foster more engagement and participation from the greater metropolitan area. Through our exhibits, public performances, educational programs and community programs, we hope to ensure that the music and history of Jazz remains present in the lives of our citizens and their families.



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Program: Jammin' at the Gem

Budget:
$140,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Jammin' 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 five to six 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 2013-2014 concert series features Poncho Sanchez with James Carter, Najee, Anat Cohen with Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Larry Grenadier, Peter Martin, and Clarence Penn, Dr. Nathan Davis with Curtis Fuller, George Cables, and Winard Harper, and Bill Charlap Trio with Jon Faddis, and Jesse Davis in celebration of the historic Massey Hall concert.

Program Long-Term Success:

Jammin' 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 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.

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.

Program Success Examples:

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.

Program: Changing Gallery

Budget:
$120,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program 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 2012-2013, the museum is excited to present "Beyond Words: A Fusion of Poetry, Visual Art, and Jazz" and "Jazzography: The Photos of Bob Barry."

Program 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 musuem earns by presenting high-quality exhibitions and public programs in the eyes of the performing and visual arts communities.

Program Short-Term Success:

The short term success for the gallery will be to present quarterly exhibits focusing on historical topics and visual art, in addition to related public programming that is free and open to the general public.

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.

Program Success Examples:

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.

Program: Jazz Storytelling

Budget:
$8,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Other Named Groups
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program 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 on the first Friday of every month. 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 1,000 children participate annually.

Program 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 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.

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. Two years ago, curriculum consultants observed the program and felt that the running time was too long for children ages 2 to 7. Based on that input we shortened the program to 45 minutes which has proven to be a change for the better.

Program Success Examples:

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 other Friday the atrium of the Museum is full of young children enjoying the fantastic performing styles of Lisa Henry and Brother John.

Program: Jazz Poetry Jams

Budget:
$20,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

This ever-growing initiative targets high school students throughout the Greater Kansas City area. The program is designed to allow teens to create and perform spoken word poetry backed with live jazz accompaniment. Master poets and writers host monthly workshops to help young people develop their written, oral, and presentation skills. Open-mic sessions are held on the third Tuesday of the month and first, second, and third place prizes are awarded. Several sessions fill the Blue Room to standing capacity as young people and adults come to hear local talent and the featured guest poet -- often a nationally known poet. The Blue Room is one of the premiere venues in the greater metropolitan area to present open-mic poetry and has even inspired several spinoff spoken word poetry jams and events.

Program Long-Term Success:

Long-term success of Jazz Poetry Jams is to consistently make the monthly interactive program an engaging event that draws a diverse array of participants. Eventually the Museum aspires to take this program to high schools in the district in conjunction with literary workshops. From an educational perspective, the performance of spoken word poetry develops creative thinking, presentation, and the value of self-expression.

Program Short-Term Success:

The short-term success of this program is determined by the number of people who attend Jazz Poetry Jams on a monthly basis. The Museum strives to provide participants, young and old, with a consistent environment to continually explore the time-honored relationship between jazz and poetry.

Program Success Monitored by:

We continually poll and seek feedback from our audience to determine what is and isn't working. An informal steering committee has been developed that is comprised of both participating poets and consistent attendees to Jazz Poetry Jams. Consequently we have been able to streamline the judging process and to implement audience-focused poetry writing exercises that have been a huge success.

Program Success Examples:

Interest in Jazz Poetry Jams continues. Poets who participate in the program have had opportunities to do spoken word poetry workshops with the Kansas City School District, and other community organizations such as reStart Inc., Community LINC and Gifted Hands. These organizations have been so pleased with the enthusiasm of students concerning these workshops that they are currently seeking out other ways to partner with the American Jazz Museum to create opportunities for youth that they serve to participate in the Jazz Poetry Jams program.

Program: The Jazz Institute

Budget:
$30,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Program Description:

The mission of the American Jazz Museum's Jazz Institute is to provide educational programming that inspires and attracts students to the jazz aesthetic. The Institute was created specifically for the purpose of training young artists in the history, business, art, and technique of jazz performance. The program includes both a high school and a middle school component. Students play in the Institute's All Star Band, participate in workshops and training in small ensemble performance, composition, jazz theory, improvisation, arranging, and music business, and engage in mentoring sessions with leading artists.

Program 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 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.

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.

Program Success Examples:

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 Jazz Institute 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.

Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

The American Jazz Museum reaches an average of 200,000 patrons from diverse ethnic groups, geographic locations, and socio-economic classeseach year. Our constituents come to the Museum from all over the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area and over 60% of exhibition guests are visiting tourists. The Museum celebrates the historic and cultural relevance of jazz music and the arts through a permanent exhibition, educational programming, Changing Gallery exhibitions, and dynamic public jazz performances. In 2012-2013, the Museum provided educational programming to roughly 27,543 patrons and 200 schools. The monthly Jazz Storytelling program introduced jazz concepts and provided valuable musical experiences to 925 children. Over 1,000 students and adults attended Jazz Poetry Jams sessions, exploring the relationship between jazz and poetry in monthly poetry open mic nights. The Museum also presented over 250 public performances -- including those in the Blue Room, an internationally recognized and award winning jazz club, and the museum's Jammin' at the Gem Concert Series -- to more than 25,000 attendees. An estimated 45,000 guests attended exhibitions in the museum's Changing Gallery. The Jazz Museum continues to present a diverse Changing Gallery schedule, celebrating and exhibiting jazz music and connecting jazz to visual arts, spoken word, music performance, and the Kansas City community. The museum presents public panel discussions, interviews, artist statements, and a free atrium concert series in conjunction with all Changing Gallery exhibitions, connecting the Kansas City community to its cultural asset. In 2013-2014, the Museum will present "Jazzography: The Photographs of Bob Barry," "American Sabor," and "Convergence: Jazz, Film, and Visual Arts!"

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