Debbie Duncan Legacy Fund

Guidelines and application now available

It is incredibly difficult to express the depth of our community’s loss with Debbie Duncan’s passing. As an artist and collaborator of the highest quality, an enthusiastic supporter of other musicians, and as a friend, Debbie touched tens of thousands of us over her nearly 40 years in the Twin Cities.

Over those years, she became one of the most widely loved artists in our community. Her world-class vocal talents were matched by the depth of her down-to-earth humility, her humanity, and the generosity of her spirit.

Debbie’s Fund began as a GoFundMe effort to raise money to cover her expenses after she suffered three strokes in the fall of 2020.  After she passed away, we felt that giving something back to the community would honor and reflect her soulful spirit.

As we work our way through this devastating pandemic that has affected so many in our community, this fund will provide easily accessible micro-grants to help musicians who have an acute financial need. These will be low barrier grants initially intended to offer some immediate help for musicians affected by COVID-19.  Over time, we hope this would evolve into an ongoing legacy that reflects and honors the incredible generosity that Debbie exuded to everyone in her orbit.

The grant criteria and application form can be found HERE >>

If you would like to make a direct contribution to the fund, tax-deductible donations in Debbie’s memory can be made at

or sent to
The Debbie Duncan Legacy Fund
c/o Mixed Blood Theater
1501 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55454


Effective immediately, all concerts and events at the Dakota will require either proof of a full series of COVID-19 vaccinations or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72-hours. Masks are requested to be worn indoors no matter your vaccination status, except when eating or drinking.

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Effective immediately, Dakota will require either proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination regimen OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (which was administered up to 72 hours prior) for any person* to enter any events** held at Dakota. The COVID-19 vaccination card must show a completed regimen that concluded at least 14 days before the date of the event that the patron plans to attend. Dakota does NOT accept self-administered Antigen Rapid Test results or provide them to patrons without either of the above listed required proofs. PCR and Antigen Rapid Test results are accepted if administered by a clinic or State-certified testing facility.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test

  • Must be shown at the time of entry into Dakota.
  • Must match the ticket holder’s ID.
  • May come in the form of: a physical vaccination record card, a printed out file of vaccination record, a printed out negative test result, or a digital document on a mobile device (i.e. a photo image of a vaccination record card, a PDF file, a Word file, a Pages file, Docket app, Bindle app, Clear app, or other options).

In accordance with the City of Minneapolis, Emergency Regulation No. 2022-1 MASKS ARE REQUIRED to be worn indoors, except for the purposes of eating, drinking, or performing on stage.

Staff: This policy applies to all staff for all events and it also applies for entry into the building when there are no events.

Questions? Email Joe Doermann, Director of Operations at: [email protected]

Children under 5 not vaccinated may show a negative COVID-19 test as outlined above.

*This policy applies to all people entering Dakota. This includes staff, performers, etc.

**This policy applies to any and all events held at Dakota. This includes shows that other venues and organizations present in Dakota’s space.

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