Arts Contests and Competitions

Cleveland International Piano Competition CIPC Young Artists is an international competition for pianists ages 12 through 18 presented by the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Launched by the CIPC in 2005 as a one-day competition for Ohio piano students, the program has been reorganized this year to follow the multi-round format of the CIPC.  The event will be held May 13-22, 2015 at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.  Contestants will participate in two age groups:  Juniors (age 12 to 15) and Seniors (age 16 to 18).  Pianists from any country are invited to apply; those who are accepted will be housed in dormitories on the Baldwin Wallace campus for the duration of the competition.

The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the literary, performing, visual and design arts.  YoungArts provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts.

The 15th Annual Arizona Young Artists’ Competition offers aspiring young artists, ages 15-19 with an opportunity to compete in the areas of Acting, Dance and Voice.  Dance includes Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Tap. The competition is a collaboration between the Herberger Theater Center and Center Dance Ensemble to showcase the diverse and emerging talent of young Arizona artists, introduce them to the audition process, and provide them with an opportunity to interact with highly-regarded arts professionals. The winner in each category will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help further their education in the arts.  The audience will also have a chance to participate – they will vote for their favorite performer in the People’s Choice Awards.  For information, contact Mary Robinson, 602-254-7399 x104. 2014 deadline closed

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Since 1923, the Awards has recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s youth, and provided a singular opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents. Each year, increasing numbers of creative teens submit their work, and they become a part of our community–-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets, and sculptors, and countless educators who support and encourage the creative process. The Awards received 230,000 original works from students during its 2013 program year.Submissions for the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will begin in September of 2014. All regional Guidelines and Deadlines  will be updated in September 2014.

The Music Teachers National Association Competitions consist of three levels:  State and Division Competition and National Finals.  The purposes of the Music Teachers National Association Performance Competitions are to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence. The state competitions are considered the primary educational level with the division and national levels showcasing outstanding performance and honoring significant pedagogical achievement. The purpose of the Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition is to encourage creativity and self-expression in student musicians through the art of composing and to recognize their achievements, as well as the significant work of their teachers.  Applications September 2014.

National PTA’s Reflections program encourages students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts. The theme for the 2014-2015 school year is The world would be a better place if… Thousands of students will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography and visual arts.



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