Fifteen artists have been selected to receive a total of $100,000 to address each recipient’s creative ambitions

Double bassist Portia Dunkley. Photo courtesy Sphinx Organization

Courtesy Sphinx Organization

Double bassist Portia Dunkley

The Sphinx Organization has announced 15 recipients for the 2023 MPower Artist Grants.

The MPower Artist Grants are scholarships designed to empower various alumni of the Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Symphony, Sphinx Virtuosi, Sphinx Performance Academy, Sphinx Medals of Excellence, Sphinx LEAD, EXIGENCE, NAAS, and SOPA to achieve their career objectives in classical music.

The primary purpose of MPower Artist Grants is to empower artists’ careers, with competitive applications requiring illustration of grant impact. The awardees receive a total of $100,000 intended to address each individual’s needs as a creative, while the landscape of the arts industry continues to adapt and change.

The 15 recipients are:

Elena Urioste

Luis Eduardo Bellorín

Kamilah Brown

Michael Cantú

Portia Dunkley

Caitlin Edwards

Tehvon Fowler-Chapman

Maïthéna Girault

Caleb Graupera

Joy Guidry

Joseph Guimaraes

Amanda Perez

Catherine Ramirez

Abigail Regua

Titus Underwood

Sphinx 2023 grant recipients

Full details of the recipients’ grants and projects can be found here.

The Sphinx Organization is a social justice organisation dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

Focused on increasing representation of Black and Latinx artists in classical music and recognising excellence, Sphinx programmes serve beginner students to seasoned classical music professionals, as well as cultural entrepreneurs and administrators.


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