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April 22, 2024 11:59 pm

About this idea
After graduating from Spelman College in 2018 with a degree in voice, I moved back home to Michigan and quickly realized there were not nearly as many opportunities for black people to perform classically, nor were there examples of black women who were classically trained. In 2021, 656 degrees were rewarded nationwide for voice and opera, 5.03% of those awards were rewarded to black people and 2.42% of those were awarded to black women. I believe that percentage would increase exponentially if black women knew this degree would be beneficial for them, and if they could receive funding for said degree.
Impact
I am hopeful that Black Girl Classic will provide an example of black women who have successfully earned a degree in opera and/or voice. Additionally, Black Girl Classic will remove debt as a barrier for black women and girls and their families by providing funding for those who are interested in studying voice at an institution of higher learning.
What I'll do with $5,000
$5,000 will go towards event fees such as compensation for performers, and venue rentals. Additionally, it would go towards building the scholarship fund.
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About Courtney Gonzales

I currently teach voice in the heart of Grand Rapids, to students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I am a lover of the arts and it is my hope to introduce people to different avenues in which they can express themselves.

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