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Young Detroit Musicians Compete For $10,000 Grand Prize

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Photo Credit: Nan Melville, Sphinx

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DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s Detroit’s answer to American Idol. Young singers, instrumentalists, and rappers can win a chance to perform on Detroit Public Television and  a big cash prize in the Sphinx Stars: Detroit competition. The contest is open to musicians 18 and under from Oakland, Wayne, Macomb and Washtenaw Counties.

“It includes a ten thousand-dollar grand prize,” said Margaret Cassetto, Director of Talent Development for the Sphinx Organization. “And in addition to the finals competition airing on Detroit Public Television, the winners get continuing opportunities to showcase their talents in the community through outreach performances.”

The Sphinx Organization’s mission is to promote more diversity in the arts by encouraging more African-Americans, Latinos and other minorities to study and perform classical musical. But Cassetto said the Sphinx Stars competition is open to all genres and classical backgrounds.

“We want to hear from those who have been studying since the age of three on Suzuki,” said Cassetto. “As well as those who have been singing in church since the age of three. So we want to hear from anyone and everyone who has some talent to share.”

Caleb Washington, 15, of Southfield, who has been studying piano for nine years, was last year’s winner.

“It’s a great experience,” said Washington. “It will really change your life. Your music knowledge. Even outside music. It helps you grow as a person. So to anybody out there thinking about doing it, just do it.”

Young people interested in applying should submit three to five minute music videos through the Sphinx Website. The Entry deadline is Feb. 1.

More details here.

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