The Sphinx Organization, a Detroit-based social justice nonprofit that works to transform lives through the arts, has announced a $3 million grant from the Fund II Foundation in support of leadership and development programs for classical musicians, arts administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs of color.
The largest grant ever awarded to the organization will bolster its work in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship, career development, and professional empowerment and will support, among other programs, SphinxConnect, an annual convening that brings together musicians, arts leaders, educators, funders, diversity advocates, and administrators.
"As a longtime supporter and advocate of Sphinx, it was both crucial and personally meaningful for me to ensure long-term sustainability for these programs," said Giving Pledge signatory Robert F. Smith, founder of the Fund II Foundation and chair and CEO of Vista Equity Partners.
"The increasing urgency of Sphinx's work has led to a tremendous rise in demand surrounding career on-ramping programs for black and Latinx classical musicians," said Sphinx Organization president and artistic director Afa Dworkin. "The impact of this grant will be immense and widespread; we predict a reach of more than a hundred and fifty thousand constituents through programs augmented by the funds."