A DMF participant smiles while shaking instruments with jingle bells
A group of DMF participants raise their right arms
DMF Artistic Director Gerry shows a group of participants how to play drums with their hands
A DMF participant with a huge smile plays a tambourine next to another participant

Our storyFrom one class to global impact

Inspired by one family’s journey and brought to life with the hard work of many, we’ve grown from a single music class into a nonprofit with global reach.

Our philosophyOur mission and beliefs

We’re creating a community for individuals of all abilities to thrive, express themselves, and enjoy music together.

By sharing their talents and their stories, we’re helping build a more enriching, inclusive world for all.

A DMF participant shakes an instrument with jingle bells while DMF Director of Teaching and Learning Juliana plays a guitar and sings
  1. Music is a transformative and empowering force.
  2. All flourish when we are part of an accepting community.
  3. Through mutual understanding and respect, we can create change.
  4. Music is a right, not a privilege.

Our heart and homeThe people and place at DMF’s core

A DMF participant plays a drum with their hands in one of the colorful rooms of the music center. The room is full of people and guitars hang on the wall

The music center

Since the music center became our home in 2013, it’s blossomed into a bustling space with colorful music studios, a fun cafe, and a recording studio – all alive with the joyful energy of our community.

Explore our music center
Nancy, Ken, Daniel, and Michael Trush stand smiling with their arms around each other

The Trush family

The world changed for Daniel Trush and his family in 1997, when he fell into a coma as a 12-year-old. Their journey inspired them to dedicate their lives to serving the disability community through the power of music.

Meet the Trush family

Want to become part of our story?

Learn more about how you can join our programs and support our mission.

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