The mission of the Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association is to:

  • Promote the achievements of African American artists in the field of music.
  • Provide a forum for the performance of music composed and/or arranged by African Americans.
  • Establish a tradition for the performance and subsequently the preservation of the Negro Spiritual that is inherent in the African American experience.
  • Assist in the development of the next generation of musicians -- the talented youth of the Metroplex.
  • Develop higher professional standards and promote the exchange of ideas and the spirit of fellowship among musicians.


The Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association (DMMA), an affiliate of the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM), was organized in 1985 by William S. Mitchell and the late James Powell, under the guidance of renowned classical performer and professor of music the late Dr. William Warfield. Dr. Warfield was president of the national body at that time.

The DMMA has served as an advocate for increasing the awareness of the musical talents and contributions of African Americans to the life and culture of America in general, and to the Dallas community specifically. DMMA has a history of cooperating with other local arts organizations in its programming, including the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, New Arts Six, the Orpheus Chamber Singers, the African American Museum, St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and St. Luke "Community" United Methodist Church.

The Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association remains committed to the community it serves. The DMMA has earned a reputation for presenting outstanding cultural events spotlighting both local and national artists. It is further committed to ensure that talented musicians, particularly those of African American descent, will always be included in the mainstream of the arts.