Win cash awards of up to $10,000, an alternative to scholarships to spend as you wish
Take master classes with accomplished musicians such as Shelly Berg, Gerald Clayton, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, and Jason Moran
Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support with a rich network of peers
Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities
Am i eligible?
To apply to YoungArts, artists must be:
US citizens or have permanent resident status
15-18 years of age or in grades 10-12 on December 1, 2016
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.
How To Apply
Prepare your submission in composition and/or instrumental consisting of three tunes (See full requirements)
Complete the application on Acceptd, an online application tool
Fee waivers are available to qualified applicants. This means, if you qualify, your entire application fee(s) will be waived and you will not have to pay. To receive a fee waiver, you must upload documentation of need (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 14, 2016, 11:59pm EST deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.
One of the following documents may be uploaded for a fee waiver:
ACT or SAT testing fee waiver or NACAC College Application Fee waiver form.
Document that states you receive 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 school teacher, guidance counselor or other school official stating that you qualify for financial aid.
If you need further clarification regarding this process, you may write to [email protected] no later than Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
Click SUBMIT by October 14, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST
hear from winners & panelists
Dr. Ronald C. McCurdy | National Selection Panelist in Jazz
Ignacio Berroa | Master Artist
Emmet Cohen | 2009 Winner in Jazz
select performances from winners
"Just You, Just Me" arranged by 2016 Winner Luca Mendoza
"Inner Urge" arranged by 2016 Winner Abdulrahman Amer
"Peanut" composed by 2016 Winner Philip Norris
"Limehouse Blues" performed by 2016 Winners in Jazz
"All World" composed by 2016 Winner Anthony Hervey
"At One Point" composed by 2016 Winner Emmett Sher
To find out about what is needed for your jazz application, just download the PDF below that corresponds to your category.