To support the 20th anniversary fundraising initiative, please contact Teresa Clark at
313-877-9100 x706


2017 marks the Sphinx Organization’s 20th anniversary. We celebrate this milestone and the partners who have helped uplift and transform the lives of thousands of students, musicians, and arts entrepreneurs, as well as millions of audience members around the world.

View a snapshot of Sphinx’s transformational 20 year impact and our goals for the next 20 years & beyond: infographic

To sustain the vision and continue the tremendous work yet to be done, Sphinx seeks to raise funds for the following:

Artist Development

The Sphinx Competition is the cornerstone of Sphinx programming; help us sustain this unique competition for Black & Latino string players and keep our transformational awards at the current levels. We also further empower alumni of our programs to achieve their career objectives in classical music with competitive grants offered through our MPower program; your support today can help underwrite a life-changing grant for an artist in need!
Total goal: $600,000/year

Arts Leadership

Sphinx develops leaders and aims to increase diversity in all aspects of the performing arts sector. Help make Sphinx a formal conduit connecting alumni with industry professionals at SphinxConnect. Ensure $50,000 career grants are possible for extraordinary emerging classical artists of color through our Medals of Excellence and create future leading arts administrators by establishing a 3-year pilot fellowship program at Sphinx with the Sphinx Fellowship Program.
Total goal: $750,000/year

Performing Artists

Bring unique and diverse artists and repertoire to new, diverse audiences through the Sphinx Virtuosi National Tour performances and community outreach. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical soloists, these alumni of the Sphinx Competition come together each fall as cultural ambassadors.
Total goal: $280,000/year

Education and Access

Sustain yearlong youth development through the Overture program that provides beginning violin lessons and instruments at no cost for students in Flint and Detroit area schools. Support the growth of the Sphinx Performance Academy (SPA), an intensive full-scholarship summer chamber music and solo performance program.
Total goal: $500,000/year

Every gift can transform a life. With the following giving levels, we are pleased to offer special anniversary year benefits which may be supplemented based on partner interests and needs. Supporters of the Sphinx Score anniversary fundraising initiative can make an unrestricted gift or target support to a program.

$250-1,499    Faithful Friend

  • Quarterly newsletter and special updates
  • VIP tickets to the Sphinx Competition and afterglow reception
  • Recognition in Sphinx Competition program, website and annual report

$1,500-2,999    Arts Advocate

  • Opportunity to name a sponsored chair in the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra or acknowledgement for underwriting scholarship awards (Dependent on donor preference and sponsorship availability)
  • Admission to special luncheon with Sphinx Symphony musicians during the Sphinx Competition
  • Faithful Friend benefits

$3,000-4,999      Prized Patron

  • Recognition for underwriting an education program recital or a SPA scholarship
  • Special invitation to sponsored program and thank you letter from Sphinx participant
  • Faithful Friend benefits

$5,000-9,999    Music Maker

  • Recognition for sponsoring a section in a Sphinx ensemble and receive access for 4 guests at the Sphinx celebration of your choice
  • Invitation to a private anniversary celebration and recognition in special donor honor roll
  • Faithful Friend benefits

$10,000-19,999     President’s Circle

  • President’s Circle membership, including special priority recognition benefits
  • Access for 2 to all major concerts and events, including annual Carnegie Hall performance and gala, Sphinx Medals of Excellence Celebration, Sphinx Competition Finals Concert, and private anniversary celebration
  • Faithful Friend benefits

$20,000-49,999        Sphinx Sustainer

  • VIP access for up to 6 at a major concert or event of your choice
  • Prominent recognition as a lead supporter at chosen event and photo opportunity with special guest/artist
  • President’s Circle benefits

$50,000–99,999        Beloved Benefactor

  • Recognition for underwriting a key event of your choice, including live mention of your support
  • Invitation to private dinner hosted by Founder and President of Sphinx
  • President’s Circle and Sphinx Sustainer benefits

$100,000+        Leadership Society

  • VIP access for 8 and underwriting recognition at the Sphinx Medals of Excellence Celebration and Carnegie Hall performance and gala
  • Opportunity to attend or host private dinner with Founder and President of Sphinx and a special Sphinx artist
  • An article or electronic announcement highlighting your support
  • President’s Circle benefits


Sphinx Organization
400 Renaissance Ctr Ste 2550
Detroit MI 48243
ph: 313-877-9100
fax: 313-887-0164


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