MPOWER ARTIST GRANTS

Music Assistance Fund > 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

Anna Lucia Galarza

MPower grant recipient

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.

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For questions regarding MPower Artist Grants
please inquire at MAF@SphinxMusic.org

Applications for an MPower Grant are limited to the following:

  • 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.
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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

Application Form
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.

Project Description
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.

Key Outcomes
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.

Project Budget
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.

Past Accomplishments
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.

March 2, 2017 @ 2pm EST:
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

Final Grant Report Due 14 days after completion of your project.

2017 MPower Recipients

Matthew David Adams $1,000

Matthew David Adams $1,000

Sphinx Competition
To attend the Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, Colorado)
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Steven Baloue $9,500

Steven Baloue $9,500

Sphinx Performance Academy, Sphinx Competition
To purchase a viola by Michael Becker
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Jonathan Colbert $38,650

Jonathan Colbert $38,650

Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Symphony, Sphinx Virtuosi
To purchase a double bass made by Trevor Davis
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Annalise Cole $1,870

Annalise Cole $1,870

Sphinx Performance Academy
To take private violin lessons with a master-level teacher at the Arts and Community Network
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Megan Delatour $1,200

Megan Delatour $1,200

Sphinx Performance Academy
To purchase a viola bow from Judd Violins
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Anita Dumar $1,100

Anita Dumar $1,100

Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Symphony
To assist with sending the Ivalas Quartet to participate in the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival (Anchorage, Alaska)
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Angelica Durrell $14,500

Angelica Durrell $14,500

Sphinx Performance Academy
To increase INTAKE Music Organization’s impact, by presenting a large-scale Cultural Crossover Concert featuring Afro-Caribbean music and an Integrated Orchestra
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David France $4,930

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
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Celia Hatton $2,300

Celia Hatton $2,300

Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Virtuosi
To participate in the Sarasota Music Festival (Sarasota, Florida)
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Chi-chi Nwanoku $24,500

Chi-chi Nwanoku $24,500

Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
To produce Chineke! Orchestra and Chineke! Junior Orchestra performs at Royal Festival Hall, London 16 July 2017
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Aaron Olguin $16,500

Aaron Olguin $16,500

Sphinx Competition
To embark on a five-venue chamber music tour with the “Bassinova Quartet” in New York, Washington, B.C. Canada, and California
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Maurice Todd $30,000

Maurice Todd $30,000

Sphinx Symphony
To create the Cincinnati Double Bass Institute focusing on students in the Cincinnati Public Schools
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Hannah White $14,500

Hannah White $14,500

Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Virtuosi
To support costs associated with college preparation, including lessons, recordings, auditions, and competitions
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Elena Urioste & Melissa White $24,500

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

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