The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education

We create and support access to quality jazz education for Minnesota youth through multiple programs and partnerships

You can help Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education to raise $12,000 to launch our exciting, new music education program, Experience Jazz

This new program will serve upwards of 30 jazz students from across the community and employ a number of local jazz artists as educators. DFJE Board Chair, Justin Christy, says "While rooted in jazz, this program will embrace the power and artistry of hip-hop, rhythm & blues and other genres students and instructors want to explore together. Our goal is to bring together students of various cultural and musical backgrounds in an innovative music-making environment.”

It costs $7,200 to pay our teaching artists, where they will work to engage students across musical genres and abilities to learn and collaborate in making music together. Our fundraising goal includes an additional $2500 to fund up to 20 need-based scholarships - $500 covers full scholarships for four student, which will give students an innovative ensemble experience, connecting them across communities & genres.

Please consider a donation to DFJE at one of the levels below:

  • $1500 pays one teaching artist for 10 (of 16) sessions
  • $500 covers books and materials for 15 students
  • $125 covers full scholarship for one student

We are pleased to announce that the DFJE Board of Directors will receive a match of $1,000 if we achieve our goal!

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