Attention High School-Age Artists! National YoungArts Foundation Is Now Accepting Applications

When we last looked at the National YoungArts Foundation, we provided a brief overview of their proclivity for providing emerging artists with opportunities to work with renowned mentors.

It's a pretty cool gig. Winners receive—among other things—an invitation to participate in National YoungArts Week and/or regional programs in Miami, New York or Los Angeles, where artists will take master classes from world-renowned artists and perform in the most prestigious venues in the country. Previous participating artists include Martin Scorese, Plácido Domingo, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. 

With that in mind, today's post serves three goals: First, to pass along the fact that YoungArts is now accepting applications for its 2016 cycle. Second, to mention a few minor changes to the program since we first looked at it. And third, to underscore additional benefits of this program, since working with acclaimed producer Quincy Jones may obscure the fact that the program is more than just brokering incredible mentoring opportunities. 

First off, applicants must be young artists between 15 and 18 years of age or in grades 10 to 12. The deadline for the online application, which can be found here, is October 16, 2015.

Secondly, there are a couple of seemingly minor, but still pretty significant changes to the program itself. Last year's call for applications noted that "700 students are selected from across the country as national winners." According to the foundation's website, that figure has been raised to 800.

Applications are accepted for the following categories: 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, Writing, and a brand new category, Spoken Word.

Then there are the perks that extend beyond the mentorships, the most prominent being cash awards up to $10,000. (This figure has held steady from 2015.) What's more, the program acts as a kind of glorified guidance counseling for winners, who by the virtue of their age, are most likely to head off to college.

Winners can become eligible for nomination as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and 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.

Click here to apply!