In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as our cities heal in the wake of the death of George Floyd, this scholarship is available to youth who have been economically impacted or are in need of comfort through music.



With the generous support of an area family foundation, donations from the community, and lead sponsor HIWAY Federal Credit Union, the Twin Cities Jazz Fest is partnering with MacPhail Center for Music and Walker|West Music Academy to offer four youth engagement activities–lesson scholarships, master classes, clinics with national artists, and youth performances.


About Twin Cities Jazz Fest:

The Twin Cities Jazz Fest is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of bringing communities together to enjoy and appreciate the art form of jazz and inspire new generations of youth.   What started as a small one­-day event in downtown Minneapolis 22 years ago has grown into one of the largest free civic jazz festivals in the upper Midwest. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Twin Cities Jazz Fest, presented by AARP, has been cancelled. We are all looking forward to Twin Cities Jazz Fest 2021.


What is a Twin Cities Jazz Fest Scholarship?

Twin Cities Jazz Fest, lead sponsor HIWAY Federal Credit Union, an area family foundation, and generous donors have provided funds for scholarships for youth to take music lessons during the 2020 summer. Scholarships are provided for students whose lives have been affected by COVID-19 or who are in need of comfort through music after the loss of George Floyd.

MacPhail Center for Music and Walker|West are awarding scholarships for four 30-minute lessons through this youth engagement partnership.

All instruments and genres are available for lessons.


How Do I  Apply:

  • Fill out an application (application form) and submit to
  • Include a statement describing the economic impact COVID-19 has had on your family’s financial situation or that you are in need of healing after the loss of George Floyd.



  • Student must be 18 years old or younger
  • Scholarships are available for students whose families have experienced economic challenges due to COVID-19 or for youth who need healing and comfort from music during this time of change
  • Students must have a minimum of 1-year experience on their instrument
  • Lessons are available for any genre or instrument
  • Students may be new to MacPhail or continuing MacPhail students
  • Lessons will be made available until funds are expended


Lead Sponsor:


To Donate:

If you are interested in donating to the Twin Cities Jazz Fest scholarship to make more lessons available, please visit their website: Twin Cities Jazz Fest’s secure donation portal.