YoungArts' National Arts Competition

Are you a visual, literary, design or performing artist between the ages of 15-18?  Apply to the YoungArts national arts competition! Applications open June 5, 2018.

  • Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards

  • Take master classes with accomplished artists top in their field

  • 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 taught me how to dream and follow those dreams."

- Ryan McCartan, 2011 Winner in Theater

"We don't think we would have connected if it weren't for YoungArts."

Elliot Skinner, 2013 Winner in Voice
Ben Lusher, 2010 Winner in Voice
Richard Saunders, 2008 Winner in Voice

"YoungArts is the place to inspire and be inspired."

- Kayla Briet, 2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts

"To be consistently connecting with other artists is incredibly powerful."

- Nadia Wolff, 2016 Winner in Visual Arts & Design Arts

"More than ten years out, YoungArts still has an effect on my career and the opportunities I receive."

- Philip Dizack, 2005 Winner in Jazz

"Having my work nationally recognized gave me the confidence to call myself a writer."

- Rhiannon McGavin, 2016 Winner in Writing

"YoungArts made me a better artist."

- Nicole Ishimaru, 2015 Winner in Dance

YoungArts is an organization with an application-based weeklong intensive program for artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12.  The competition is the application, where applicants compete to become winners.  YoungArts winners are eligible for cash awards of up to $10,000.  That money is unrestricted, meaning it can help pay for college, art school, a conservatory program, or anything you wish.  Application to YoungArts is made through the completion of an on-line application that includes the submission of an audition or portfolio.  The application asks for basic information about how to reach you and about your artistic training.  Each discipline and category has its own media submission requirements (i.e., Cinematic Arts, Dance, Design Arts, Jazz, Music, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, and Writing).  YoungArts winners have the opportunity to participate in YoungArts Week (Finalists) and YoungArts’ regional programs. YoungArts program participants enjoy the rare opportunity to take master classes and interdisciplinary workshops from renowned artists.  Winners also have the chance to connect with fellow artists at all career stages and perform/exhibit their work.  Additionally, all winners join the more than 20,000 YoungArts alumni and are able to participate in Alumni programs and opportunities. 

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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 Arts: Architecture, Fashion, Graphic, Product 
Jazz: Composition | Instrumental Percussion
Photography: Photography
Theater: Musical, Spoken
Visual Arts: Visual Arts
Voice: Classical | Jazz | Pop | Singer-Songwriter 
Writing: Creative Non-Fiction | Novel | Play or Script | Poetry | Short Story | Spoken Word