Sphinx Organization’s new arts leadership program, LEAD, gets underway

Posted on: November 19, 2018

“The Sphinx Organization is launching a leadership development program with educational and mentorship components aimed at cultivating black and Latinx candidates for leadership positions in orchestras, conservatories and music schools across the country,” writes Sherri Welch in Sunday’s (11/18) Crain’s Detroit Business. “Initially it will work with leadership candidates in the classical music field, but the long-term vision is to expand it to all of the performing arts, [Sphinx President and Artistic Director Afa] Dworkin said…. Fellows will … be assigned a year-round mentor [and] meet for three- to four-day educational sessions … in … Detroit, Miami, Cleveland and New York…. It expects to … launch the first cohort of 10 fellows in late January…. Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, said the LEAD program will be a welcome complement to the league’s collaboration with Sphinx and the New World Symphony on the National Alliance for Audition Support, which works to increase diversity on the orchestral stage, and to the league’s own work facilitating networking and learning among African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American orchestra administrators. ‘It’s critical for arts organizations to increase diversity, equity and inclusion throughout their institutions,’ Rosen said.”

Posted November 19, 2018