Detroit’s got talent. Jena Irene was the runner-up in the thirteenth season of American Idol. Olivia Millerschin got a shot on America’s Got Talent. Then there’s Eminem. Kid Rock … all the Motown stars … and the list goes on and on.
There are still more talent out there and the Sphinx Organization would like to find them.
Musicians under 18 will get the chance to bask in the spotlight and maybe even win $10,000 as a part of the third annual Sphinx Stars: Detroit hosted by The Sphinx Organization. Vocalists, rappers and instrumentalists, whether classically trained or more home-grown, no matter the genre, all have a chance. So long as performers are from Wayne, Oakland, Macomb or Washtenaw counties and are 18 (as of June 30 2015) or under they can submit a 3-5 minute video showing off their talent. All tapes must be in by uploaded to SphinxStars.org Dec. 31 2014.
Not everyone has access to the technology needed to upload and Sphinx is sensitive to this. An open audition will be held at the Detroit School of Arts from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. The school is located at 123 Sheldon St. in Detroit. Details for submission, eligibility, and uploading instructions are all located at SphinxStars.org. No matter what path you take to enter, there is no cost.
“A legacy of artistic innovation and excellence has infused our local communities with a musical heart and creative spirit for decades,” said Aaron P. Dworkin, Sphinx founder and president. “Through Sphinx Stars: Detroit, we seek to uplift our talented young artists in all styles of musical expression to share their gifts, hone their skills, expand their performance opportunities and inspire others to embrace the transformational power of the arts.”
After all of the auditions have been viewed nine finalists will be chosen to compete live on Detroit Public Television’s Detroit Performs in front of industry-leading judges. The event, called the Sphinx Stars: Detroit Finale, will go out live in spring 2015. The grand prize will be given out in front of the cameras, but the winner will also be given a chance to perform with the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra as a featured soloist. The rest of the finalists will not be forgotten. All of them will have ongoing performances, mentoring and professional development opportunities with Sphinx.
Sphinx Stars: Detroit is large undertaking that draws aid from many groups. Most notably is The Ford Motor Company Fund, but it is not alone. Also making the search and show become a reality are the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Kresge Foundation, Hudson-Webber Foundation, McGregor Fund, Erb Family Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, D’Addario and Skillman Foundation