To build a professional performing arts marketing network that encourages collaboration, camaraderie and the sharing of knowledge and ideas for the good of our arts community.

Core Values: Networking, Camaraderie, Collaboration


KC Live Arts is a professional group comprised of several performing arts organizations in the Greater Kansas City area. The purpose is to better promote the performing arts and diverse live arts events by serving as a one-stop access point for audiences and patrons. By using our collective assets as innovative marketers, KCLA researches and shares what works in marketing the performing arts – implementing well-executed and effective campaigns, ideas, and strategies. Using our united strength to benefit our separate organizations through the understanding that we are often stronger together as a group than as separate entities.

Participating Organizations

American Jazz Museum
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.


The Coterie Theatre
The Coterie is a non-profit organization, established in 1979, with the mission of providing professional classic and contemporary theatre which challenges audience and artist and provides educational, dramatic outreach programs in the community. We seek to open lines of communication between races, genders, and generations by redefining children’s theatre to include families and diverse audiences.



The Folly Theatre
Enhancing Lives Through the Power of the Arts.



Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City
To provide music and beauty to the Kansas City community.




Harriman-Jewell Series
To bring the best of the performing arts from around the world to our Kansas City audiences.



KC Broadway Series
The American Theatre Guild is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, civic performing arts organization dedicated to providing the experience of live theatre to foster passion, inspire creativity and empower youth within our communities.



Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
KCPA’s vision is to enrich the lives of everyone in our community through extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences, providing these extraordinary experiences through programs, customer service and education.


Kansas City Actors Theatre
Producing thought-provoking plays that explore, celebrate, and share what it is to be human, with sensitivity, intelligence, and humor. We nurture our local artistic community by employing the finest talents of Kansas City’s diverse professional theatre community, which in turn makes Kansas City a more vibrant, vital place to live and work.



Kansas City Ballet
To Inspire and Engage Through the Beauty, Power & Passion of Dance



The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra
Through performances and education programs, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra preserves the rich heritage of jazz, nurtures its growth, and encourages its appreciation as an art form for all ages.




Kansas City Repertory Theatre
To inspire, entertain, and open minds by creating transformative theatre experiences for all.



Kansas City Symphony
Great performances for greater audiences.


Lyric Opera of Kansas City
To make Lyric Opera of Kansas City indispensable to the public through:
– Transformational opera experiences
– Broad service which captures the hearts and minds of our communities


Midwest Trust Center
The mission of the Midwest Trust Center is threefold:
– To present a diverse schedule of professional performing artists from around the world
– To be a comprehensive arts education resource for the community
– To collaborate on campus, in Kansas City, the region and across the United States


Musical Theater Heritage
MTH is an innovative and imaginative professional musical theater organization – dedicated to the appreciation and historical understanding of the American musical theater and its contributions to our culture. We both entertain and educate current and future generations, with persistent focus on diversity and inclusion, for today’s performing talent and tomorrow’s developing artists.


Quality Hill Playhouse
Quality Hill Playhouse is dedicated to excellence in the live performance of works from musical theatre and the evolving American Songbook, employing the finest local talent, and contributing to Kansas City’s cultural and economic landscape.


Starlight Theatre
Starlight is dedicated to producing, presenting and promoting an exceptional arts experience by delivering accessible live entertainment for all audiences, superior theatre arts education, impactful outreach programs and events that utilize this iconic city-owned venue.



UMKC Conservatory
On the University of Missouri’s designated performing arts campus, the UMKC Conservatory is an educational community that advances creativity, performance, scholarship and learning in the arts.


Unicorn Theatre
Unicorn Theatre enhances the KC community by developing and producing high-quality, thought-provoking plays that have never been seen in the region. We illuminate social issues by shining a light on diversity and inclusive stories which include race, religion and gender identity.


The White Theatre
The White Theatre is a nonprofit organization that brings you Broadway shows, theatre productions, educational programs, once-in-a-lifetime events, and more. See the highest quality concerts, shows, and performances all at this stunning theatre in Kansas City.