Nineteen musicians have been selected to receive MPower Artist Grants from the Sphinx Organization, the Detroit-based nonprofit founded by Aaron Dworkin that supports young black and Latino musicians. The grants, totaling $350,000, range from $1,400 to $45,000 and fund a variety of projects. Among the recipients are Kelly Hall-Tompkins, for the Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul chamber music concerts she presents in homeless shelters in New York and Los Angeles; Joseph Conyers, for his Project 440, which provides college and career, social entrepreneurial, and leadership training for students of Philadelphia’s All-City program; and Tamara Gonzalez, to run a five-day multi-school string workshop in Puerto Rico in fall 2015. The MPower Artist Grants support alumni of the Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Symphony, Sphinx Virtuosi, Sphinx Performance Academy, and Sphinx Medals of Excellence to achieve career objectives in classical music through granting competitive scholarships. A complete list of the grant recipients and their projects is on the Sphinx website.
Posted May 1, 2015