National Arts Competition

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

The 2020 YoungArts competition is now closed. Applications for the 2021 competition will be accepted beginning June 1 through October 8, 2020. Requirements are currently being updated for the 2021 application cycle and will be posted in early February. 

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  • ​Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards

  • Take master classes with accomplished artists

  • ​Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

  • Receive a lifetime of creative and professional development opportunities

  • Achieve national recognition


  • Be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of 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 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. The 2020 application is now closed and will reopen in June.