Apply To YoungArts

Are you a 15-18 year old visual, literary, design or performing artist?
Apply to YoungArts' national arts competition. 
Applications open spring 2018.

Why Apply

  • Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards

  • Take master classes with accomplished artists

  • ​Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support

  • Achieve national recognition


"YoungArts was really the organization that helped me understand that I could have the courage to be an artist. And through YoungArts Week I actually got a full scholarship to go to Harvard University which really started off my artistic career." 

Dave Eggar
1987 Winner in Classical Music
& U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

"Because of YoungArts, I was awarded a full scholarship to Manhattan School of Music for jazz trumpet performance, I was asked to participate in a master class with one of my biggest heros jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, and I felt endeless supported in all musical endeavours." 

Benny Benack III
2009 Winner in Jazz

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YoungArts Discipline Requirements:

Cinematic Arts: Animation, Documentary, Narrative 
Classical Music: Accordion | Composition | Double Bass | Euphonium | French Horn | Guitar | Harp | Harpsichord | Organ | Percussion | Piano | Recorder | Trombone 
Trumpet | Tuba | Viola | Violin | Violoncello | Woodwinds (Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Saxophone)
Dance: Ballet | Choreography | Hip Hop | Jazz | Modern/Contemporary | Tap | World Dance Forms
Design: Architecture, Fashion, Graphic, Product 
Jazz: Composition | Instrumental | Percussion
Photography: Photography
Theater: Musical, Spoken
Visual: Visual Arts
Voice: Classical | Jazz | Pop | Singer-Songwriter 
Writing: Creative Nonfiction | Novel | Play or Script | Poetry | Short Story | Spoken Word