The Jazz Foundation of South Africa is an organization dedicated to the creation, presentation and preservation of local jazz and other related creative music genres. Individuals who realised the glaring need for an appreciation of jazz formed the Jazz Foundation in April 1983. The rationale behind the organisation's existence is the glaring evidence of commercial as well as parastatal structures’ prejudices against jazz.
The foundation is committed to facilitating the development and enhancement of public awareness on the importance of jazz as an African art form by providing a supportive structure to our jazz musicians. It is also committed to the provision of the highest possible commitment and standard presentation of jazz as an art form.