The Kota Kinabalu Music Society (KKMS) was established in 1973 with the aim of promoting classical music in the community. Membership is open to any adult music enthusiasts.
The society since has expanded their activities over the years in supporting music education through its organization of regular concerts and workshops.
The first proper Music Festival was started in 1993 which served as a platform for young musicians to express themselves through public performance and also to enable the community at large to further appreciate music and widen their experience.
In 2016, KK Music Festival has created another milestone with the addition of Dance category. Since then, Kota Kinabalu Music Festival has been renamed to Kota Kinabalu Music and Dance Festival!