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VSA International Young Soloists Competition
A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program

Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., which is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more!

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. All instruments, including voice, are accepted.

Watch the 2017 VSA International Young Soloists' performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The 2018 winners will perform at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 30, 2018; visit the Millennium Stage page to watch the concert live online.

You also might be interested in applying for the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, a summer orchestral music festival for musicians ages 15-20!