Vision, Mission & Values


Inspiring tomorrow’s leaders through music education, one beat at a time.


Dallas Austin Foundation for Music Education is committed to transforming the lives of young people by enriching their educational experiences through the art of music.


  • Innovation & Creativity: DAFME believes that originality and inventiveness lead to openness to diverse perspectives.
  • Teamwork & Collaboration: DAFME believes the experience and skill of teamwork establishes trust and respect for one another and leads to better results and outcomes.
  • Integrity: DAFME believes that strong character traits encompass personal, professional, artistic and intellectual attributes.
  • Commitment to Hard Work: DAFME believes that the path to success is not a straight line. In fact, commitment to hard work is a key ingredient in the formula for success.
  • Respect for Self & Others: DAFME believes that respect starts with oneself and treating others the way you wish to be treated – courteous; polite; respect the privacy, dignity and freedom of others.
  • Give Back: DAFME believes that to whom much is given, much is expected.
  • Dream: DAFME believes in and encourages one to dream big — beyond perceived limitations.