Today the topic of diversity and inclusion is taking center stage. It is at the forefront of almost every news story, dinner conversation, social media channel and beyond. The greatest challenge we face is when people think of the word diversity, disability is not top of mind. In fact, it is barely in the consideration set – even though it is the largest minority in the country, has no prejudice and is the only minority group that can be joined at any time due to age, illness or accident. However, once people have the opportunity to consider the distinct set of circumstances and challenges that individuals with disabilities face, they begin to appreciate their talents and abilities, as well as understand and respect the importance of our mission.

The DMF Diversity Through Music Initiative provides an opportunity for people of all abilities and backgrounds to engage with and appreciate each other while experiencing the joy of music together. Through story telling, videos and music, we have designed an informative, engaging and interactive experience that allows people to see the “ability” in disability. The result is that participants often feel a transformative sense of camaraderie, while simultaneously helping shape a mindset of understanding and mutual respect. 

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 off-site location

  • Custom: We are also comfortable collaborating to develop a unique program that is mutually beneficial, either as a one-time event or a series i.e. concerts, panels, satellite DMF Junior Councils, song composition classes, etc., that best suits the needs of our partners

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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