Applications are now open for The Music Center’s Spotlight, which provides performing arts scholarships and free artistic development through arts experiences, auditions, feedback and mastery classes taught by professional artists and arts administrators. Southern California high school students with an interest in the performing arts are encouraged to submit their free application. To apply you must be an enrolled high school student as of Dec. 31, 2021, based in one of the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Riverside, Kern, or San Bernardino. The deadline for submission is Oct. 18.
The Music Center’s Spotlight program offers a unique opportunity for high school students with all skill levels, to prepare for a potential future in the performing arts and to develop valuable life skills, like building self-esteem, critical thinking and perseverance. Students may apply in one or more of the following categories: acting, ballet, classical instrument, classical voice, dance, jazz instrumental and non-classical voice. Even applicants who do not get accepted into the program receive personalized written feedback from a distinguished panel of judges.
Application details, tips and tutorials can be found on The Music Center Offstage digital platform, The Spotlight Academy. By applying students have the chance to participate in The Spotlight Academy, receive valuable written feedback, take a mastery class with world-renowned artists, experience live, virtual auditions and coaching, participate in the Grand Finale at The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre and receive college and career preparation, school achievement recognition, news and social media coverage and cash awards up to $5,000.
Whether you’ve already starred in your high school musical, or you secretly practice singing at home, or you love ballet but know you don’t want to be a professional dancer, Spotlight is a wonderful opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and experience personal and artistic growth.