Acceptd and the National YoungArts Foundation Announce Strategic Partnership

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Innovative New Application Process Supports Nation’s Next Generation of Talented Young Artists

The National YoungArts Foundation

Acceptd and the National YoungArts Foundation Announce Strategic Partnership

Our mission of efficiently connecting young artists with opportunities in the performing arts is naturally aligned with YoungArts’ goals.

Acceptd of Dublin, OH, and the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) based in Miami, FL announce a strategic partnership that will provide a powerful, easy-to-use, digital application process for talented young artists across the fields of the visual, literary, performing, and design arts to apply to YoungArts.

YoungArts provides life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and opportunities for participants to showcase their work in some of the most prestigious venues in the country.

Acceptd provides a comprehensive suite of online resources that help students identify and apply to performing arts programs around the world. Decision-makers have access to all applications and media in a common format and can view, comment, and rate collaboratively in real time. Arts programs efficiently find, evaluate, and select candidates that are the most suitable. Acceptd serves hundreds of the top universities, foundations, festivals, and competitions across the globe.

“Acceptd is thrilled to be partnering with the National YoungArts Foundation to offer access to hundreds of thousands of talented students,” said Don Hunter, Acceptd co-founder and president. “YoungArts is a remarkable organization committed to identifying, encouraging, and nurturing our nation’s exceptionally talented high school students as they pursue careers in the arts. Our mission of efficiently connecting young artists with opportunities in the performing arts is naturally aligned with YoungArts’ goals.”

The National YoungArts Foundation receives more than 10,000 applications per year from young artists hoping to participate in their national and regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York City as well as YoungArts’ annual events in Washington D.C. This past year, 685 young artists between the ages of 15 to 18 were selected for opportunities which included master classes with world-renowned artists (as seen on the Emmy-nominated HBO series YoungArts MasterClass), access to scholarships, career opportunities, and professional contacts.

In addition, YoungArts serves as the sole nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Each year, 20 YoungArts winners are recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Their work is showcased at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

Beginning with the 2014 application process, Acceptd will provide the backend system that will help YoungArts Winners from across the nation.

“The applications process is a crucial part of the YoungArts experience, it is the entry point into our organization for the hundreds of young artists we support every year,” stated Paul T. Lehr, National YoungArts Foundation’s executive director. “This partnership with Acceptd has the potential to maximize the ease and efficiency of this process and provide us with the structure needed to clearly evaluate each artist’s application.”

The YoungArts application on Acceptd is now open. Applicants in visual, performing, literary, and design arts will be able to upload their digital portfolios and apply to the YoungArts program from May 31 until October 18, 2013.

During the past 32 years, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $6 million dollars in monetary awards and facilitated in excess of $150 million in scholarship opportunities. In 2013, YoungArts programs have supported 685 participants with $600,000 in cash awards.

“Business leaders, educators, and master performers everywhere recognize the importance of supporting and encouraging the arts. There’s no better way to do that than to invest, as YoungArts does, in our nation’s next generation of artists,” said Tom Walker, CEO of TechColumbus, a public-private partnership that focuses on building high-growth companies that advance the Central Ohio economy. “We are enthusiastic about the technology and services that Acceptd provides and are delighted that this outstanding young Ohio firm has been chosen to enhance the YoungArts application process.”

TechColumbus has been an investor in Acceptd from early on, first with a validation grant and then as leader of two seed investment rounds totaling nearly $1 million.

“We invested in Acceptd,” Mr. Walker said, “because the company has an exciting business model that makes sense. The management team understands the market the company serves and provides a unique product that efficiently and affordably resolves significant challenges for applicants and program decision-makers. It’s also terrific to have a portfolio company that has the potential to help launch more of America’s talented young people into careers in the arts.”

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