The DMF Diversity Through Music Initiative provides an opportunity for people of all abilities to engage with and appreciate each other while experiencing the joy of music together. The result is that participants often feel a transformative sense of camaraderie, while simultaneously helping shape a mindset of acceptance and mutual respect.

With each program, we believe we are contributing to an attitudinal shift addressing the misnomer of placing limitations on individuals with disabilities. Through story telling, videos and music, we have designed an informative and interactive experience that creates the opportunity for people to begin to see the “ability” in disability.

At the start of each relationship, we collaborate with the partner organization to select the most appropriate approach to ensure a successful program. The following options are available:

  • On-Site: 2-hour program, for up to 20 participants, includes an orientation followed by volunteering in classes at our custom-built, state-of-the-art music center in East Harlem.
  • Off-Site: 1-hour program, for an unlimited number of participants that reinforces the Diversity Awareness Initiative and includes a music component at a suitable and convenient location for you.
  • Custom: On or Off-Site, we collaborate to develop a mutually beneficial program, either as a one-time event or a series i.e. concerts, panels, song composition classes etc. that best suits your needs.

Oftentimes partners participate in a combination of programs based on the objectives they would like to achieve as an organization. If you are interested in learning more about the DMF Diversity Awareness Through Music Initiative, please fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you shortly. If you would prefer to speak with someone directly, please contact Carla Sullivan at 212.289.8912 or  We look forward to hearing from you.

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