(Kansas City, MO) The Mutual Musicians Foundation International (MMFI), will present “Jazz Center Stage: The Economics of Audience Development”, Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 11:00 to 1:00 pm at the Gem Theater, 1615 18th Street, located in Kansas City’s Historic Jazz District.
“This is the first of quarterly conversations in Kansas City gearing up for our 100th year celebration of the forming of Local 627 or the “colored” musicians union credited for the birth of the Swing Era of Jazz in America. Our goal is to present Kansas City as an international destination for preserving, educating and presenting jazz for future audiences.” Said Anita J. Dixon, Vice President.
The Summit will feature Dr. Larry Ridley, internationally renowned bassist, educator and consultant with the MMFI. “Audience Development is the umbrella under which all who love this genre and understand its importance to economic stability for the art form should gather.” Said Ridley.
During the summit, the MMFI will have the first, public screening of “Still Jammin’” a documentary of the history of Local 627 past, present and future. “We were able to produce this documentary with generous funding from Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, (D) MO who has supported the efforts of having this significant jazz history remembered for all time.” Said James Hathaway, President of the MMFI.