Music Center’s Spotlight Program

Award Amount: $100,000

Number of Awards: 14

Deadline: October 16, 2017

Winner Announcement: Not known

Brief Description:

The Music Center is pleased to announce the Music Center’s Spotlight Program to encourage personal and artistic growth while exploring new possibilities in the arts!Southern California High School students of all talent levels are encouraged to apply for free. The mission of the program is to provide a supportive environment in which high school students can develop the skills needed to pursue their artistic dreams, with an emphasis on self-esteem, preparation, and perseverance.

Host Institution:

The Music Center was established in1964, is one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States. Located in downtown Los Angeles, The Music Center is home to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall.


To eligible, you must:

  • Be a Southern California high school student who attends a public, private, parochial, online or homeschool. Your home base must be in one of these counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Riverside, Kern or San Bernardino.
  • Ballet students need to check the category rules page for out of state residency exceptions
  • You can apply to one or more of these categories: Acting, Ballet, Non-Classical Dance, Classical Voice, Non-Classical Voice, Classical Instrumental or Jazz Instrumental.
  • You must be available to attend final rehearsal and performance if advanced to Grand Finale Performance
  • Previous grand prize finalists are not eligible
  • Permanent residents and international students who are studying in the U.S. are also eligible to apply.

Instructions for Applying:

In order to apply to Spotlight, you must complete an online application and submit a video audition. The link:

Supporting Documents:

Prepare and upload your audition video

Award Description:

The Music Center’s Spotlight program awards over $100,000, cash awards annually to grand prize finalists, semi-finalists, honorable mentions and selected preliminary participants. Fourteen grand prize finalists are chosen (two from each category).

  • Grand Prize Finalists – $5,000 cash awards
  • Honorable Mentions – $1,000 cash awards
  • Semifinalists – $300 cash awards
  • Preliminary Prizes – $100 cash awards

By applying to Spotlight you are eligible for:

  • Participation in The Spotlight Academy
  • Written feedback from our distinguished panel of judges
  • Masterclass with world-renowned artist or artistic director
  • Live audition experience and performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Cash awards up to $5,000
  • Finalists in Classical Voice and Classical Instrumental are awarded scholarships to the Aspen Music Festival in 2019
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Grand Prize Finalists’ high schools’ receive an award plaque

Detailed Information Link:

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about the application, email them to