The 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 path. By spotlighting and preparing exceptional future faculty leaders, the competitive fellowship takes aim at the representation gap on music faculties nationwide. The Future of Music Faculty Fellowship is powered by a grant from the Sphinx Venture Fund.

Join us for a virtual information session this Saturday, January 30 at 12:15pm ET.
“The Future of Music Faculty Fellowship has bold ambitions: to catalyze change within our institutions now and for years to come,” said CIM President and CEO Paul W. Hogle. “Educators have a profound influence on students and on discourse. As our field works to actualize diversity on our campuses, on our stages and in our audiences, it is vitally important that we place musicians of color in positions of leadership and power – including our classrooms.”
Transformative Educators, Transformational Curriculum
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 resilience researcher Dr. Angela Duckworth 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. (Learn more about the speakers and faculty.) 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.

Focus Areas and Key Dates
  • The Academic Job Market: June 25-27
  • Navigating the Search Process: July 30-August 1
  • Effective Teaching: August 27-29
  • The Politics of Academia: October 22-24
  • Peak Performance and Influencing at All Levels: December 3-5
  • Putting it All Together (in person at SphinxConnect): January 27 - 29, 2022

A Community of Future Faculty Leaders
The Fellowship is open to Black and Latinx music professionals by competitive application. Candidates should aspire to a career in academia, or may already be pursuing a career in an adjunct or junior faculty position. The fellowship is offered at no cost to participants, and Black and Latinx musicians and scholars from across disciplines and genres – from classical to jazz, from performance to pedagogy – are eligible to apply.

The cohort of exceptional future faculty leaders will learn and grow together, gaining the skills, insights and networks to flourish professionally and influence generations of musicians.

Applications are due May 1, 2021.
Are you an ally?
Many musicians follow an academic path because one of their own teachers or mentors inspired them. Please consider sharing this opportunity with Black and Latinx music professionals who may benefit. Click here for a shareable link of this email.