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NON-PROFIT FUNDING

PROMOTING OUR FUTURE

The Dallas Austin Foundation was initially funded solely by funds donated by Dallas Austin. However, as the program has achieved success, it has grown through an annual Gala benefit event and support from corporate sponsors such as The Coca-Cola Company, SunTrust Banks, and others.

The Dallas Austin Foundation has established studios at several Metro Atlanta public schools, including Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Brown Middle School, Southside Comprehensive High School, Washington High School, North Atlanta High School, Cedar Grove High School, and Martin Luther King Jr. High School. DAF also provides scholarships and financial assistance to help further develop and maintain the musical arts and entertainment departments in schools and to raise awareness of the vast opportunities that exist for young people within the entertainment industry.

DAFME has established studios at eight high schools in the metro Atlanta area. The foundation also provides scholarships and financial assistance to help further develop and maintain the musical arts and entertainment departments in schools and to raise awareness of the vast opportunities that exist for young people within the entertainment industry.

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

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

As part of the “Don't Stop the Music” After-School Program, students:

  • Learn to create and record music

  • Learn the basic structure of the music industry

  • Learn the history of recorded sound

  • Are introduced to the typical recording studio set-up

  • Learn to create and organize a song

  • Learn to compose music

  • Learn to record vocals

  • Create their own record labels and develop business skills by taking on specific tasks (e.g. marketing, finance, legal, public relations)

  • Engage in character development activities

  • Develop problem-solving skills

  • Increase creative and critical thinking skills

 

Students participate in an application and interview process for acceptance into the “Don't Stop the Music” program. The program touches not only those directly involved in the program but also a school's entire student body as DAF stages “Pep Rallies” (with top talent) to encourage students to succeed. DAF has impacted over 2,000 students since its inception.