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Music Center Spotlight Awards

Scholarship Value: $5,000
Awards Available: 20

Southern California High School students of ALL skill levels are encouraged to apply for FREE. Much more than a competition, Spotlight is a scholarship and arts training program, which empowers students by emphasizing preparation, courage, critical thinking and perseverance while providing an invaluable opportunity for students to hone their skills! $100,000 in cash scholarships are awarded each year to students. Personalized feedback, master classes with world renowned artists, performing arts workshops and more!

Categories: acting, ballet, classical instrumental, classical voice, jazz instrumental, non-classical dance, non-classical voice

A) Preliminary 1 (First Round) auditions will be online video submissions

B) Preliminary 2 and Semifinal rounds will be live auditions

C) Spotlight Semifinalists and Honorable Mentions from the previous year will automatically bypass Preliminary 1 and advance to Preliminary 2 auditions


Whether or not you pursue a career onstage, offstage or something outside of the arts, Spotlight can help you explore your professional goals and increase your confidence. Participating in Spotlight can help you gain self-esteem and build confidence by challenging yourself to step out of your comfort zone and shine a light on who you truly are. Our alumni are dancing with the world's best dance companies, performing with top orchestras, jamming in the leading jazz clubs, singing in the leading opera houses, and starring on Broadway. In addition, they are top executives behind the scenes in arts schools, institutions and businesses.

By applying to Spotlight you are eligible for:

A) Participation in The Spotlight Academy

B) Written feedback from our distinguished panel of judges

C) Master class with world-renowned artist or artistic director

D) Live audition experience and coaching

E) Grand Prize Finalist performance at The Music Center's Ahmanson Theatre

F) College and career preparation

G) Cash awards up to $5,000

H) Student and school achievement recognition

I) News and social media coverage possibilities

Eligibility: To Apply, You Must:

A) Be a Southern California high school student who attends a public, private, online or home school. Your home base must be in one of these counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Riverside, Kern or San Bernardino.

B) You must be an enrolled high school student as of December 31, 2020. You may not be enrolled as a full time college student

C) Dance students need to check the category rules page for out of state residency exceptions

D) Apply to one or more of these categories: Acting, Ballet, Non-Classical Dance, Classical Voice, Non-Classical Voice, Classical Instrumental or Jazz Instrumental.

E) Read all the important information listed in the application, even though it's the last thing you want to do. ☺ Think of it as a way to get ready for your college and competition auditions!!

F) Complete the online application by the deadline date: October 11, 2020. Don't wait until the last minute!

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