VSA International Young Musicians Competition


Each year young musicians (ages 14-25) with disabilities compete to receive the VSA International Young Musicians Award ($2,000 USD) and the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This program is open to musicians of all genres (classical, jazz, hip hop, bluegrass, rock, and more).

Review eligibility requirements and application details on the Kennedy Center Website.

Disability is a broad umbrella that covers a variety of lived experiences. Eligible musicians may have apparent, physical, and/or sensory conditions as well as less apparent conditions like anxiety, ADHD, depression, chronic illness/pain, PTSD, OCD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, neurodivergence, and more.

Entry Deadline:

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Generous support is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.


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