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.


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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


To apply to YoungArts, artists must be:

  • A citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of documentation is required in the application)

  • 15-18 years of age or in grades 10-12 on December 1, 2017

Please also note that Finalists who have previously attended YoungArts Week are not eligible to apply in any discipline/category.  We encourage these artists to participate in alumni programming.  Please contact [email protected] to find out more.


  • ​Review the requirements in the category you want to apply in

  • Prepare the required submission materials

  • Complete the application on Acceptd, an online application tool

  • ​Pay the $35 application fee or get a fee waiver.

    • Fee waivers are available to qualified applicants, which will cover the entire cost of your application fee. To receive a fee waiver, you must upload required documentation (please see below). In order to successfully SUBMIT an application for review, these documents must be uploaded in the Payment section of the application prior to the October 13, 2017, 11:59pm EST deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS. One of the following documents is required for your fee to be waived:
      • An approved ACT or SAT testing fee waiver or NACAC College Application Fee waiver form.
      • Document that states you participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
      • Document from a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
      • Letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or other school official stating that you qualify for and receive financial aid.
  • Click SUBMIT by the deadline.


"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