About DFJE

Jazz has much to teach us, and to teach our young people. That’s why The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education exists. Our organization was founded in 1997 with the purpose of introducing young people to jazz and helping them understand – and care about – what they are hearing. We want to help young people use jazz for self-expression and communication, and to experience the sheer pleasure that comes from responding to its challenges. The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education promotes jazz and jazz appreciation through education, funding development and partnerships.

We provide opportunities for students of every stripe to learn about this unique art form. DFJE programs include intensive jazz studies for selected students, public performance opportunities for student musicians, clinics, visiting jazz artists in schools, and scholarships for promising jazz students.