An initiative to elevate Black and Latinx educators within the music academy.

CIM’s Future of Music Faculty Fellowship is a first-of-its-kind career development initiative for Black and Latinx music professionals considering and/or currently pursuing an academic career. Powered by the Sphinx Venture Fund, the competitive Fellowship spotlights and prepares future faculty leaders who will influence generations of musicians.

A cohort of up to 35 Fellows will engage in a powerful series of virtual convenings led by some of the most influential artists, academicians and thinkers of today. Keynotes by internationally acclaimed musician, composer and educator Wynton Marsalis, resilience researcher Dr. Angela Duckworth, national leader in higher education Dr. Ronald Crutcher and leadership expert Simon Sinek will inspire, and program faculty – including university presidents, music school deans and teaching artists from institutions ranging from The Juilliard School to the University of Richmond to the Heifetz Institute – will blend practical advice, skill building and creativity. The program concludes with an in-person convening coinciding with SphinxConnect in January 2022.

Through purposeful curriculum and personalized mentorship, Fellows will gain a competitive edge in the complex world of academia.

Program Details:

  • Takes place June 2021 through January 2022 
  • Includes five virtual modules and a final in-person convening
  • Fellows receive ongoing, personalized support from a faculty mentor
  • The fellowship is offered at no cost to selected Fellows
  • Travel, lodging and conference registration for SphinxConnect 2022 will be covered by the program

Application & Eligibility

Applications for 2021-22 are now closed.

Black and Latinx professional musicians who are considering and/or already pursuing careers in academia are eligible to apply. Black and Latinx performing musicians, graduate students, adjunct and junior faculty and scholars from across disciplines and genres – from classical to jazz, from performance to pedagogy – are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation, two short form essays, a three-minute video essay and a resume. 

If you have any questions, please email