Numerous opportunities are available throughout the year to help us support the future of jazz through The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education. We welcome your support in any form you are able to contribute.


  • Ongoing donations are welcomed at any time
  • We participate annually in Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day
  • All donations are tax-deductible

Contact us for questions about DFJE’s donations. If you believe in changing lives through jazz education, donate now!   giveMN

If you prefer, you may send a check to:

DFJE PO Box 4453 St. Paul, MN 55104.

Please make your check out to The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education or “DFJE”.


Volunteers are sought for assistance at our summer Youth Stages, at our annual fundraiser, and for ongoing DFJE committee efforts. Please contact us if you are are able to help us with a specific event or are interesting in joining our list of volunteer contacts.


We invite you to join us in providing sponsorships for jazz education opportunities, including summer or other scholarships, and summer stages. If you would like to collaborate with us on funding a specific or new opportunity for young jazz musicians, please contact us.


The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education enjoys supportive partnerships with a number of organizations throughout the region, including MacPhail Center for Music, High School for Recording ArtsSchubert Club, the Twin Cities Jazz Society, Hopewell Music Cooperative North, Jazz Central Studios, Walker West Music Academy and PipJazz. If your organization is interested in partnering with DFJE to provide new or ongoing jazz education or performance opportunities, please contact us.

Annual Fundraiser

DFJE’s annual gala celebrates the students, the artists and the partnerships we have formed over the past year. Past galas have taken place at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, and Vieux Carré in Saint Paul. National guests artists and stellar student performers entertain and inspire our guests. The 2016 annual DFJE fundraiser was held on May 22, and featured performances by Dakota Combo Alumni with guest artist Kelly Rossum, and recognized Andrea Canter with the Jane Mattison award. We hope to see you at a future fundraiser!