National Arts Competition

Are you a 15- to 18-year-old visual, literary or performing artist?

The application for the 2021 competition is now closed. The 2022 YoungArts application will open next summer.

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  • Cash awards 

  • Mentorship by accomplished artists 

  • A lifetime of creative and professional support

  • A peer network of distinguished artists

  • Nomination for U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts 

  • National recognition


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

  • Be in grades 10–12 or 15–18 years of age on December 1 of the year you are applying

  • Have not already been named a YoungArts Finalist and previously attended National YoungArts Week


  • Complete the YoungArts application on Acceptd, including required documentation and audition or portfolio materials, by the deadline. ​Pay the $35 application fee or get a fee waiver. Learn more about fee waivers in our FAQ.

Have questions about the application? Please visit our FAQ or email us at [email protected].