Empower the Future of Music Education


For three decades, the Vail Jazz Foundation has been dedicated to the perpetuation of jazz music through award-winning educational programs and world-renowned performances from top jazz musicians from across the globe.

Vail Jazz needs your financial support to carry out its mission and to serve thousands each year in the Vail community and beyond. Contribute to Vail Jazz now by making a donation and help keep the magic of music alive for school children and talented young musicians nationwide. By supporting one of our educational programs like the Vail Jazz Workshop, Vail Jazz Goes to School, or Jammin’ Jazz Kids, you can have a direct impact on the future of music education TODAY by making a charitable contribution.

Your support ensures access to in-school music education, instruments, and workshops for aspiring young professionals. Donate today to keep Jazz music a part of our ever-changing culture. Join us in making a lasting impact!

It takes the generous support of donors like you to bring phenomenal artists and educators to Vail, and to make sure that every jazz program provides an unmatched experience for students and attendees.

The team at Vail Jazz wholeheartedly thanks you for your help in carrying out our mission set by the late Howard Stone 30 years ago.

The Vail Jazz Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization supported by its staff, Board of Directors, and generous supporters dedicated to its mission.


Each year, Vail Jazz presents remarkable performances as part of the annual Vail Jazz Festival and unique educational programs, including the award-winning Vail Jazz Workshop and Vail Jazz Goes to School. Make a gift to Vail Jazz today and know that your tax-deductible contribution is changing the lives of so many children, families and music lovers each year.

For a limited time, all donations of $100 or more will receive a Vail Jazz Festival t-shirt. Please email bethany@vailjazz.org with your preferred size and Donation Gift in the subject line.

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Vail Jazz would like to sincerely thank the local and national businesses that support our programs. Without the generous support of our sponsors, we wouldn’t be capable of providing the extensive free concert programming and educational properties that support our youth and community impact.

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Committed to educating future generations of musicians and audiences, the Vail Jazz Workshop, Vail Jazz Goes to School, and Jammin’ Jazz Kids provide age-appropriate instruction for tykes to teens.

Vail Jazz education programs are made possible through the generosity of our community. Consider donating to support music education today!


A dozen of the country’s most dedicated, gifted, and promising high school jazz musicians participate in the 10-day Workshop.

Jazz Goes to School

Jazz education for 4th and 5th graders from top jazz musicians/educators. Celebrating 27 years!

Jammin' Jazz Kids

Free, fun-filled programming for children ages 4-8 at Vail Valley public libraries.

Reasons to Support

Change a Life

Provide a young musician the unique opportunity to perform alongside legendary professional musicians at the Vail Jazz Party during the Vail Jazz Workshop

Music Education Matters

“Most kids would never be exposed to jazz, much less understand its development and relevance to American history, without this program.”
-Dawn Vallejos, former music educator, Eagle County

Foster the Future

The benefits of music are expansive, especially for young minds. Bridge the gap between art and science by supporting our mission and ensuring that future generations have the opportunity to explore this great American art form.

Other Ways to Give

You can help make a young musician’s dreams come true. There are many ways to make a difference.

Underwrite a student
Underwrite a performance
Sponsor a student
Support educational programs
Donate an auction item
Advertise in our program
Open your home for a soiree
Gift your airline miles
planned giving
Underwrite vj goes to school
Donate a wishlist item
Host a workshop student stay
Tax-deductible contribution
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