Nonprofit group Sphinx Organization will award a total of $1.5 million in grants to improve inclusion and diversity in the classical music industry in the U.S. The grants will be awarded by the Sphinx Venture Funds over the next five years to nonprofits that will be able to present plan to address a specific problem and focus on measurable outcomes. The grants will support inclusion and diversity improvements from education to representation of minority musicians as orchestra members or as on-stage soloists. It will be funded by donations from the Fund II Foundation and Vista Equity Partners CEO Robert F. Smith. Sphinx founder Aaron Dworkin will serve as a strategic adviser on the fund. According to Sphinx president and artistic director Afa Dworkin, their goal is for the field of classical music to be reflective of communities. She said that Sphinx has been working to increase the sector’s diversity for 23 years and they have been successful in improving the representation of musicians of color in major U.S. orchestras from 1.5% in 1996 to 5% in 2019. The deadline for application is on November 5, 2019. The awardees will be announced at the 2019 SphinxConnect in Detroit.

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