MPOWER ARTIST GRANTS
Again, thank you so much for all of the support!!!! It's also my dream to have a successful music career so that I too can have the means to give back to Sphinx for college scholarships for kids that otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity. It also makes me very happy that someone else can achieve their goal through an MPower Grant
The MPower Artist Grants were launched to empower alumni of the Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Symphony, Sphinx Virtuosi, Sphinx Performance Academy and Sphinx Medals of Excellence (years 2012 and 2013 only) to achieve their career objectives in classical music through granting competitive scholarships. Grants will range based upon the scope, need and nature of each competitive application. Grants may begin at $1,000 with an average award amount of $25,000.
For questions regarding MPower Artist Grants
please inquire at MAF@SphinxMusic.org
- Alumni of the Sphinx Competition
- Alumni of Sphinx Virtuosi
- Alumni of Sphinx Symphony
- Alumni of Sphinx Performance Academy
- Alumni of Sphinx Medals of Excellence Program (years 2012 and 2013 only)
- Alumni must be in good standing with the Sphinx Organization. Members not in good standing include those who have been disqualified or terminated from their respective programs.
No applicant may submit more than 2 applications.
*NEW: Recipient may not receive an MPower Grant in consecutive years. If you have received a grant in the previous year, you must wait one (1) year before reapplying.
Key criteria in the review process and that must be addressed in the application include:
- Financial need
- Track record of artistic excellence
- History of serious pursuit of musical development
- Effective proposed use of MPower Artist Grant that will result in a tangible significant positive impact on the education and/or professional development of the recipient.
- Proposed use of MPower Artist Grant incorporate “SMART” goals which require them to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound
Orientation and Awards
If selected, recipients will be required to attend a Phone-In Orientation Session on May 6, 2017, during which their fund disbursement will be finalized.
All MPower recipients will be required to submit detailed information on how their grant funds were applied. Recipients will be required to submit a final report, describing the impact, outcomes and lessons learned. Specific requirements will be detailed in the award letter issued once all final selections are made. All funds must be used as directed and approved. Any changes must be approved in writing. Should funds be used in a manner that conflicts with the grant or not approved, the funds must be returned appropriately. All MPower recipients will be responsible for their own taxes.
Forms to be Submitted
This form collects basic information including personal information, requested grant amount, proposed start and proposed end date. Proposed start date of use of MPower artist grants must be on or after 6/1/17 and must be used by 8/15/18.
In 150 words or less please provide a detailed description of your proposed project/request for funding, describe how the funds will be used, and why you should be given a grant in the amount requested. Please keep your answer as clear and concise as possible.
Please provide a list of no more than 10 key outcomes you hope to achieve through the successful use of an MPower artist grant. Do not describe in paragraph/narrative form.
Financial Need Statement
In 300 words or less describe the basis of your financial need for the MPower artist grant and if awarded, how this funding would enable your project. Specifically focus on how or why your project would not be possible without the assistance of an MPower grant. Please keep your answer as clear and concise as possible.
Please submit a complete detailed budget of your requested MPower Artist Grant, using the Sphinx MPower Budget Report. Please note, you will need to download this form and upload the complete budget as part of your application.
Please provide a bulleted list of all your past accomplishments that provide supportive evidence of a track record of pursuit of artistic excellence and musical development.
A webinar will be held where potential applicants may log on and ask questions.
If you would like to attend, please login and indicate in the required field on the application form.
March 20, 2017 @ 11:59pm EST:
Submission deadline for MPower Scholarships
Please note that no late applications will be considered.
April 14, 2017: Final grant notifications will be issued
May 6, 2017 @ 1pm ET: Phone-In Orientation for Awardees
June 1, 2017: Earliest Start Date for use of Artist Grant
August 15, 2018: End date for use of Artist Grant
2017 MPower Recipients
David France $4,930
Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
To support the Dare to Aspire Conference, which exists to inspire, support, and equip string teachers using music as a catalyst for social change by giving them access to world class teacher trainers and opportunities for collaborative problem solving
Maurice Todd $30,000
To create the Cincinnati Double Bass Institute focusing on students in the Cincinnati Public Schools
Hannah White $14,500
Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Virtuosi
To support costs associated with college preparation, including lessons, recordings, auditions, and competitions
Elena Urioste & Melissa White $24,500
Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Virtuosi,
Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Medals of Excellence
To fund the launch of Intermission Sessions & Retreat, a new program which celebrates the symbiosis between music and yoga and encourages a more mindful approach to practicing, performing, and musicmaking in general
Read Elena’s Bio
Read Melissa’s Bio