Sphinx Organization 2021 MPower Artist Grant Recipients Announced

13 American artists of color were awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to aid the development of their careers


The Sphinx Organization is a U.S. based non-profit organization dedicated to diversifying the arts.

With the goal to empower the careers of artists, the MPower Artist Grant is a competitive scholarship with an award amount that ranges from $1,000 to an average of $10,000.

The grant is designed for alumni of the Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Symphony, Sphinx Virtuosi, Sphinx Performance Academy, Sphinx Medals of Excellence, Sphinx LEAD, and EXIGENCE.

This year's recipients are:

  • David Caines Burnett

  • Aisha Syed Castro

  • Leslie DeShazor

  • Mary Elizabeth Garza

  • Angelica Hairston and Elizabeth Steiner

  • Dawn Johnson

  • Gwen Laster

  • Yunior Lopez

  • Romona Merritt

  • Thomas Mesa

  • Mikel Anton Rollet

  • Caleb Vaughn-Jones

For more information about the MPower Artist Grant, visit: www.sphinxmusic.org/mpower-artist-grants