Kennedy Center VSA Young Soloists Award


Scholarship Value: $2,000
Awards Available: 4

Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform and participate in professional development and music coaching activities provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre.

All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and world. All instruments, including voice, are accepted.

Deadline: The application deadline is Monday, February 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to enter the VSA International Young Soloists Competition you must meet all of the following criteria:

A) This competition is open to Domestic Applicants (U.S. citizens and legal residents of the U.S.); and International Applicants (non-U.S. citizens, including citizens of other countries living in the U.S. such as those on student visas.)

B) Entries be either a Soloist (instrumental or vocal) or an Ensemble (instrumental or vocal) of two (2) to five (5) members, such as rock bands, chamber ensembles, and choral groups.

C) For ensembles to be eligible, at least one musician must have a disability, and all members must be between the ages of 14-25.

D) Entrants must be a musician with a disability.

E) Entrants must be age 14-25. Applicants must not be younger than 14 or older than 25 at the time of the application deadline (February 28, 2022). All members of an ensemble must meet the age requirement in order to be eligible.

F) Previous winners of the VSA International Young Soloists Competition may not apply. Applicants are welcome to apply every year until they win or age out of the competition.

G) If selected, winners must be present for all workshops, rehearsals, and performances in order to accept the award. Performance and professional development opportunities will take place virtually and/or in-person as conditions allow.

If selected as a finalist, applicants are required to provide proof of age and disability, and must be willing to publicly disclose that they have a disability for all materials and public appearances associated with the VSA International Young Soloist competition.

Selection Process and Adjudication Criteria:

An advisory panel comprised of distinguished international music professionals and educators will assist with the selection process.

Submission Rules:

A) Complete the online application form

B) Provide a narrative statement (up to 250 words) in the provided text box or as an audio or video clip. The narrative should include biographical information (i.e., educational background, past solo or ensemble experience, musical goals) and the reasons you feel you or your ensemble should be selected as a VSA International Young Soloist winner.

C) Attach media files of three (3) musical selections (audio or video).

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