If you're an artist between the ages of 15-18 (10-12 grade), you can considering applying to the National YoungArts Foundation. Applications are accepted in a variety of fields, including cinematic arts, classical music, and writing (to name a few) and you can find the application here (be aware, unfortunately, there is a $35 application fee, but you can get it waived). So what is the National YoungArts Foundation? Well, in their own words, "The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts; assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development; and raises appreciation for the arts in American society."
If you apply, you can receive a monetary award (up to $10,000), you could be nominated as US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and you'll have access to scholarship opportunities and professional support.
The National YoungArts Foundation also supports regional programs in LA, New York and Miami and a National YoungArts Week in January, where 170 finalists can learn from master teachers in their field, culminating in performances and exhibitions of their work. You can see individual performances of the 2015 finalists in the video below.
If you do decide to apply, note that the deadline is approaching--it's October 16, 2015.
Share your thoughts: Have you applied to this program or been accepted before? How was your experience? What other opportunities have you found which are supportive of young people in the arts? What benefit do you think programs like this can provide?