For many young people, applying to YoungArts may be the first step in affirming “I am an artist.” YoungArts is one of the only organizations in the U.S. that supports artists across 10 disciplines at all stages of development, beginning with the critical moment when they decide to pursue a life in the arts, and continuing throughout their careers. YoungArts was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison with a mission to identify exceptional young artists, amplify their potential, and invest in their lifelong creative freedom. 

The application for 2025 will be open from July 11 until October 17, 2024 and can be found at www.youngarts.org/competition

YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. 

Applicants have the chance to receive:

  • Cash awards of up to $10,000
  • Mentorship by accomplished artists 
  • A lifetime of creative and professional support
  • A peer network of distinguished artists
  • Nomination for U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts 
  • National recognition
  • Scholarship opportunities via our Student List Service

YoungArts’ 10 disciplines include:

  • Classical Music (Classical Instrumental and Composition)
  • Dance (African, Ballet, Choreography, Hip Hop, Indian, Jazz, Mexican Folkloric, Modern/Contemporary, Spanish, Tap)
  • Design (Architecture, Interior, Product, Fashion and Graphic Design)
  • Film (Narrative, Animation, Experimental and Documentary)
  • Jazz (Instrumental, Composition and Percussion)
  • Photography (Black & White, Color, Digital and Mixed Media)
  • Theater (Spoken and Musical Theater)
  • Visual Arts (Ceramics, Drawing, Multi-Media, Painting, Performance and Sculpture)
  • Voice (Classical, Jazz, Popular and Singer-Songwriter)
  • Writing (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Play, Poetry, Script, Short Story and Spoken Word)