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YoungArts is not a school, a contest or a competition.
YoungArts is a life-changing program for young artists.

Every year, YoungArts selects approximately 800 young artists in ten different disciplines from thousands of submitted applications. Those winners participate in National YoungArts Week and/or Regional Programs in Miami, New York or Los Angeles, where—for one intense week—they take Master classes with world-renowned artists, perform and exhibit in the most prestigious venues in the country, win cash awards of up to $10,000, get access to scholarships and become eligible for nomination as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. 

Applications are accepted in Cinematic Arts, Dance (including Ballet, Hip Hop, Choreography, and more), Design Arts (including Fashion, Architecture, Graphic Design, and more), Jazz, Music, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts and Writing (including our new Spoken Word category).

How To Apply

  1. Be a young artist who is 15-18 years old or in grades 10-12.
  2. Prepare your audition or portfolio.
  3. Review the requirements before submitting your application.
  4. Complete the online application by Oct 16, 2015.
  5. Pay the $35 non-refundable application fee (by credit card only) or get it waived.

Why Apply

If selected as a Winner, you will receive:

  • An invitation to participate in National YoungArts Week and/or Regional Programs in Miami, New York or Los Angeles, where you will take master classes with world-renowned artists and perform in the most prestigious venues in the country
  • Cash awards of up to $10,000
  • The opportunity to get nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • Access to significant scholarship opportunities
  • A lifetime of mentoring and professional support

Additionally, all applicants can elect to be included in the Student List Service, a directory of YoungArts applicants that is sent to the best colleges, universities and conservatories in the nation to identify potential scholarship recipients.

Download the 2016 YoungArts application poster.


Admission Decisions/Adjudication

YoungArts has a rigorous blind adjudication process. No identifying information on submitted audition portfolio materials is permitted. Independent panels of discipline specific adjudicators review all completed application submissions without any knowledge of the applicant. Each submission is reviewed in its entirety by the panel members. Following the review process, applicants from the total pool are selected as National Winners.


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