About the VSA International Young Soloists Competition
The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually recognizes outstanding young musicians with disabilities and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. A committee of distinguished music professionals selects up to four winners, ages 14-25; two from the United States and two from the international arena. These emerging musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Any musician who has a disability, age 14-25, is eligible to apply as either a domestic applicant (U.S. citizen or legal resident) or an international applicant (from outside the United States, including citizens of other countries living in the U.S. such as those on student visas). The competition is open to both individual musicians and ensembles of two to five members. In order for ensembles to be eligible, at least one member must have a disability, all members must be age 14-25, and all members must meet the criteria for either domestic or international applicants (i.e. an ensemble applying as an international applicant must be comprised of all international members).
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.
Watch the 2013 International Young Soloists' performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
How to Apply
We are now accepting applications for the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition. Entries will be accepted online through the
Kennedy Center's website. Eligibility requirements and application guidelines are listed in the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Guidelines. Please review the guidelines carefully before starting your application.
Deadline Extended! We are now accepting applications for the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition. Entries will be accepted online through the link below. All applications must be submitted for review by Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. No late entries will be accepted .