Feb. 1 – 4, 2018

Detroit, MI

SphinxConnect 2018

the epicenter for artists and leaders in diversity

Get inspired.



Join us for the second annual epicenter for artists and leaders in diversity, Feb. 1-4, 2018 in Detroit, MI. Join hundreds of musicians, industry leaders, educators, funders, diversity advocates, and more for this transformative weekend!

Register now for SphinxConnect!

Available tickets:

Early Bird: General Admission
Full Pass: allows access to all activities throughout the convening, including a ticket to the Sphinx Competition on Feb. 4
$100 (Deadline: Dec. 18, 2017)

SphinxConnect Fellowship
By applying to be a SphinxConnect Fellow, you will be considered for housing and/or transportation assistance. Fellows must attend a minimum number of SphinxConnect events (including performances and conference sessions). Fellows will receive a full pass to SphinxConnect, providing access to all activities throughout the convening, including a ticket to the Sphinx Competition on Feb. 4.
$0 (while space available, deadline: Dec. 1, 2017)

Student Ticket
Full Pass: allows access to all activities throughout the event,  including a ticket to the Sphinx Competition on Feb. 4 [Student ID will be required upon registration]
$35 (Deadline: Jan. 29, 2018)

General Admission
Full Pass: allows access to all activities throughout the convening, including a ticket to the Sphinx Competition on Feb. 4
$150 (ticket available Dec. 18, 2017 until Jan. 29, 2018)

Sphinx Orchestral Partners Audition (formerly SAQA) will provide musicians of color with the unique opportunity to play an audition for a panel representing several orchestras. The immediate aim of the experience is to identify musicians for invitation to auditions, pre-advancement at auditions and/or placement on substitute player lists. An additional immediate aim is to align participating musicians with needed support. The ultimate goal of this initiative is job placement for musicians of color in American orchestras. Applicants need not be Sphinx alumni.

To apply for SOPA, you must:

  • Upload your resume HERE
  • Upload a video of your SOPA excerpts HERE
    • Application excerpts are HERE, listed by instrument
  • Complete this application – please note that you cannot save this application, so you will want to have all your materials ready
Important Dates
ASAP: deadline to apply for SOPA
Dec. 1: Excerpts for SOPA announced (these excerpts will be in addition to the excerpts you recorded to apply for SOPA)
Jan. 15: Participating orchestras announced
Jan. 31, 2018: SOPA in Detroit
Thanks to generous funding support from Bank of America, musicians participating in the SOPA program will be recognized as Bank of America Fellows.

Sphinx Artist Showcase

Designed to feature the talents of top diverse artists, musicians will be presented to managers, presenters, and industry leaders, and more during this special performance aimed at supporting diversity in music. Please note this is a competitive process for consideration to participate in a curated showcaseAll artists or groups showcasing diversity are encouraged to apply for this opportunity!

To apply for the Sphinx Artist Showcase, you must:

Eligibility Criteria
1. The showcase will support diverse artists and is open to all instrument categories, soloists, duos or any combination of artists comprising an established ensemble up to a maximum of 6 artists
2. Selected participants must be available to attend SphinxConnect, Feb. 1-4, 2018
3. No single artist will be selected for more than one performance. If you choose to submit multiple applications, the committee will make final determinations as to which group is selected.
Important dates
ASAP: Apply for the Sphinx Artist Showcase
Nov. 1-30: Showcase participants selected/notified
Feb. 2, 2018: Sphinx Artist Showcase in Detroit (selected musicians/groups will perform a single work, 6 min. max.)

Reserve a hotel room for SphinxConnect!

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243, US

The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is pleased to offer special room rates for SphinxConnect!
Rate: $149/night (rate available until Jan. 15, 2018)

SphinxConnect 2017

We welcomed hundreds of attendees to an important weekend of networking, inspiration, and leadership February 9-12, 2017 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.

Special content for attendees of SphinxConnect 2017 can be found here!

Past Highlights
SphinxConnect is an enhancement of SphinxCon, a national convening focused on diversity and inclusion in the arts held annually from 2013-2016.


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