VSA Announces International Young Soloists Award Call for Entries

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VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, seeks talented young musicians with disabilities for the annual International Young Soloists Award Program.

This program offers a fantastic career development opportunity for young musicians with disabilities

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, seeks talented young musicians with disabilities for the annual International Young Soloists Award Program, now in its 27th year. Former award recipients include American Idol contestant Scott MacIntyre, singer/songwriter Melody Gardot, and violinist Adrian Anantawan. Since 1984, VSA has presented the International Young Soloists Award to four outstanding musicians each year, two from the U.S. and two from the international arena. The award provides each of these emerging musicians with $5,000 and the chance to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The U.S. application deadline is November 15, 2010; the international deadline is December 1, 2010.

“This program offers a fantastic career development opportunity for young musicians with disabilities,” commented Soula Antoniou, president of VSA. “We are committed to supporting and encouraging artists of all abilities, both here in the U.S. and abroad.”

All genres of music are accepted, including country, classical, jazz, rap, rock, bluegrass, and world, among others. Each entry will be reviewed by a committee of distinguished music professionals who will select the four award recipients. Any individual musician (instrumental or vocal) from the U.S. who has a disability and is 25 years old or younger is eligible to apply. Any individual musician (instrumental or vocal) from outside the U.S. who has a disability and is 30 years old or younger is eligible to apply.

Musical ensembles (two to eight members) are also eligible for the award. A variety of ensembles are accepted, including rock bands, chamber ensembles, and drum corps. In order to be eligible, at least one member of the ensemble must have a disability. All members of the ensemble must fulfill the age requirements as stated above.

Visit http://www.vsarts.org/soloists for additional information and entry instructions or call (202) 628-2800. Applications in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic are available online. Alternative formats of this call for entries are available upon request.

About VSA
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. With 52 international affiliates and a network of nationwide affiliates, VSA is changing perceptions about people with disabilities around the world. Each year, 7 million people of all ages and abilities participate in VSA programs, which cover all artistic genres. VSA is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit http://www.vsarts.org.

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