Consultant calls for KC to close, reorganize jazz museum

A consultant recommends Kansas City officials should shutter the struggling American Jazz Museum for up to a year and reorganize it under new leadership, according to a report released Monday.

Museum Management Consultants, a firm hired by the city, said the museum, located in Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine district, “needs a complete rebirth, starting with its leadership, but continuing with a revamped financial model, visitor experience and operational infrastructure.”

The museum, opened in 1997, has weathered more than $1 million in losses in the last year, with close to $450,000 of that coming from its inaugural jazz festival, held in 2017.

The report makes 24 recommendations, including that the city refresh staff and board leadership.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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