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Our History



United Jazz Foundation (UJF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to elevating the aspirations and economic conditions of underserved youth on the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) through music literacy, performance, and mentorship.

Located on the US Virgin Islands and guided by the awareness of the positive impact of community-based, targeted educational activity and the premise of self-empowerment, UJF administers music education programs that incorporate cultural heritage and community-building and helps provide a safe, progressive, and encouraging atmosphere in which pre-k students through college graduates can learn.

Founders Dion Parson and Nicole Parson both hold firmly to the belief that to empower children and adults, we must provide them with the essential tools they need to help navigate and improve their individual lives and the community. UJF’s music education programs provide the necessary knowledge and skills students need to compete in today’s professional world and to become more confident and responsible individuals who ultimately benefit the USVI community by giving back and/or supporting education as well as the arts and culture of the USVI.​