Provide EXPOSURE to Applicable Resources for Jazz Musicians & Those in the Jazz Community 

The Exposure Committee exists to present resources for jazz musicians who face daily challenges. We understand running a jazz business isn’t easy and many musicians struggle to maintain consistent employment. 

As we are painstakingly experiencing, our world has changed greatly since our last e-blast communication. The Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in an unparalleled health and economic impact on all aspects of life.  We are deeply concerned about the devastating financial impact on the performing arts community here in Kansas City and, most notably, our treasured jazz artists.

To that end, Kansas City Jazz ALIVE has compiled a list of relief funding sources and other resources available to artists.  As you know, the list of resources are constantly evolving and as such, this list is not all-inclusive.  We urge you to check in frequently to survey the extensive list of resources provided by these fantastic regional arts and non-profit umbrella organizations:

Regional Arts Organizations & Non-Profit Umbrella Groups:

                                                                    Arts Entrepreneurship Insights 

Selected List of Funding Resources for Artists:

  • Artist Relief Fund |  https://www.artistrelief.org/
    • To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
    • Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.
  • Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund for jazz artists |  https://jazzroad.southarts.org/quick-assist-fund/
    • The application process opened and closed on the same day (April 13th) due to very high demand. We encourage you to check back with South Arts/ Jazz Road frequently for updates or application re-opening opportunities.

If you are aware of any existing or new relief funding opportunities not listed herein, please let us know so we can update this list moving forward.  Please email your suggestions to include fund or funder name, website address, and any pertinent descriptive details to:

Greg Carroll,

Vice-President  |  Kansas City Jazz ALIVE


Most importantly, we wish you all the very best in good physical and mental health as we continue to adjust to what has certainly become a new normal.  It is our hope that in the very near future, the stage lights will be lit and the sound that so aptly is Kansas City Jazz joyfully rings aloud with our beloved artists on stage and friends in the house.

Musicians Assisting Musicians

As such, the Exposure Committee created “Musicians Assisting Musicians (MAM)”, an active workshop series for musicians to learn from other professional musicians. Workshops include tips and guides to maintaining a successful jazz career. 

In 2019, KC Jazz ALIVE partnered with Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA) to host an enhanced version of MAM; Jazz Artist Inc. This 2-day, interactive workshop featured hands on activities to assist jazz musicians in shaping their careers! 

Stay tuned for additional Musicians Assisting Musicians opportunities!