Are you a 15-18 year old jazz musician?

Apply to YoungArts' national arts competition. 

Applications are open until October 13, 2017.

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Jazz is open to composers and instrumentalists. Strong auditions showcase the artist’s individual work, technical expertise, and highlight the artist’s unique and original sound (if you are a jazz vocalist, please see voice).






Why Apply

  • Receive cash awards of up to $10,000

  • 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

  • Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities

Am I Eligible

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.

How To Apply

  • ​Review the requirements in the category your 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. 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 13, 2017, 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.
  • Click SUBMIT by October 13, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST