Sphinx Foundation Gets $4 Million Gift

The Sphinx Foundation, which was founded by my old friend Aaron Dworkin, has received a $4 million gift from an anonymous donor. That gift will allow them to expand their programs that provide instruments, training, competitions and opportunities for minority musicians in classical music.

Aaron has an extraordinary story himself. As a young violin prodigy, he found himself almost always to be the only non-white musician in the orchestras he played in. That led him in 1997 to form the Sphinx Foundation, which has become a real game-changer in classical music. They’ve helped tens of thousands of young minority musicians. But as Aaron points out in this talk, there is so much more to do:

With board members like Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Andre Previn, the group is starting to make a difference. The young musicians whose careers they’ve helped enable are making their way into the world’s great orchestras. And now that Aaron is on President Obama’s National Council for the Arts, he’s gaining the influence to make real progress. I’m very proud to call him a friend and continually inspired by his energy and passion for music and for diversity. Here’s a video of the story of his foundation:


About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

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  • DataWrangler

    A “terribly mysterious” donor?

    Many thanks to him in any case.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden


    Many thanks to him in any case.

    Obviously you meant “her”.

  • DataWrangler

    Apologies … old bad habits.

    In keeping with the increasing use of “that” instead of “who/whom”, may I suggest “it”?