By Isabelle Lee
Spotlight is a scholarship and training program founded by The Music Center for Southern California high school students in various art fields.
Up to $5,000 in scholarships is available; master classes and workshops with world-renowned artists are provided. Applications are free, and the categories you can apply to are acting, ballet, classical instrumental, classical voice, jazz instrumental, non-classical dance and non-classical voice. Application to more than one category is permitted, but advancing individuals must choose which category they will participate in in the finals.
The first round, or Preliminary 1, is a recorded online video submission. These videos do not have to be recorded professionally; they can be recorded on a phone at home. The material for the first round is due on Monday, October 17th. Within the application process, you will be required to write short paragraphs regarding your previous and current artistic training, as well as your professional and/or artistic goals.
Preliminary 2 and semifinal rounds, however, will be live auditions. If you advance to the Grand Finale Performance, you will be able to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Even if you do not qualify as a finalist, the application and audition process for the Spotlight program provides you with a variety of benefits.
For one, by applying to the Spotlight program, you will be eligible to attend the annual Spotlight Academy, which is a free day of performing arts workshops for students, parents, and teachers at The Music Center. These workshops include information about pursuing a Music degree, how a degree in Music can be applied, information about art schools, how to stand out in auditions, important tips for making audition videos and attending a live audition, and many more classes to provide guidance on a student’s artistic path.
Additionally, finalists in Classical Voice and Classical Instrumental will be awarded scholarships to the Aspen Music Festival in 2018.
Applicants will also receive a Certificate of Achievement, and Grand Prize Finalists will receive an award plaque for their high school.
They will also get a chance to bypass the preliminary round of YoungArts, which is a national prestigious music and arts program, where winners - chosen from a pool of 12,000 applicants - will receive awards of up to $10,000. YoungArts winners will also be eligible for a nomination for the U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts awards, which is one of the nation’s highest awards for high school students who showcase artistic excellence.