The gift will enable the Detroit-based organization, which is operating on a $4.6 million budget this year, to increase scholarship awards for its national Sphinx Competition for young African-American and Latino string players. In the future, the top award in the competition's senior division will be $50,000, up from the current $10,000, while the top two runners-up will receive $20,000 and $10,000, respectively. In addition, the top scholarship in the junior division has been doubled to $10,000, with the top two runners-up receiving $5,000 and $3,500, respectively.
According to artistic and executive director Afa Sadykhly Dworkin, Sphinx will add a competitive scholarship program for alumni of the competition and will launch an intensive training program for emerging conductors of color in partnership with several leading orchestras in the country. The organization's five-year plan also includes more educational and training initiatives to expand the impact of its programs.