11th Annual Kansas City Musician's Appreciation Day

For Immediate Release

December 12, 2017

Marissa Baum

The American Jazz Museum presents 11th Annual Kansas City Musician’s Appreciation Day

“Bringing Healing to the Community One Note at a Time”


Kansas City, MO – The American Jazz Museum, in partnership with the CODA Jazz Fund, proudly announces its eleventh annual Kansas City Musician’s Appreciation Day (KCMAD), an event that honors musical performers of all genres for giving the gift of music and performance all year round. KCMAD will take place Thursday, December 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, in both the Atrium and world-famous Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum.

This year, the celebration welcomes the return of Truman Medical Centers Community Health Strategies & Innovation Team who will provide free health screenings to the first 50 artists from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Screenings will include blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol. A colon/rectal cancer screening kit will also be distributed. 

“We continue to support our local artists by providing health and nutrition services to show our local artists that we care about their healthcare needs,” says Niki Lee Donawa, Chief Community Relations Officer at TMC.

After the screenings, artists are invited to pick up a gift bag filled with fruits and vegetables from the Truman Medical Centers Healthy Harvest Mobile Market then enjoy a lavish Christmas buffet in the Blue Room with top-notch entertainment provided by The Elder Statesmen of KC Jazz from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, followed by Heat Index from 7:00 to 11:00 pm.

“These are challenging times for everyone, but particularly for those who make a living in the music industry.” says jazz great, Professor Bobby Watson. Gerald Dunn, Director of Entertainment and Blue Room General Manager at the American Jazz Museum agrees, “We have an obligation as a museum, whose mission is to celebrate the experience of jazz, to support the artists who spend their lives sharing the gift of music with us. This is just a small way to say thank you.”

Event sponsors include Truman Medical Center, the Coda Jazz Fund, Dan Davidson, the Lyons Family Foundation, the American Jazz Museum and its Board of Directors. The mission of the Coda Jazz Fund is to provide financial assistance to career jazz musicians to pay for burial expenses. This partnership allows the American Jazz Museum, along with other key partners in the Kansas City community, an opportunity to contribute to the overall stability of artists who perform live music in this city.