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Applications Now Open for the VSA 2024 Playwright Discovery and International Young Musicians Programs

October 12, 2023
Source: Kennedy Center

Do you know a talented young writer or musician who is part of the Deaf and/or disability* communities? Make sure they know about our creative careers programs and encourage them to apply by the deadlines noted below. In addition to financial awards, both programs provide exclusive workshops, connections with professional mentors, a trip to Washington, D.C. and more.

*Disability is a broad umbrella that covers a variety of lived experiences. Eligible applicants may have visible, physical, and/or sensory conditions as well as less visible conditions like anxiety, ADHD, depression, chronic illness/pain, PTSD, OCD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, neurodivergence, and more.

VSA Playwright Discovery Program

Young writers with disabilities enrolled in high school (generally, ages 14-19) are invited to submit a ten-minute script for the opportunity to participate in a playwrights’ program. The script should have at least two characters, incorporate an engaging plot, and move the audience through an emotional or entertaining experience all within ten minutes. (This is usually eight to nine pages in 12pt. Arial font.)

Review eligibility requirements and application details on our website.

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern time
Apply for Playwright Discovery

VSA International Young Musicians Program

Young musicians (ages 14-25) with disabilities compete to participate in the VSA International Young Musicians Program and for an opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This program is open to musicians of all genres (classical, jazz, hip-hop, bluegrass, rock, and more).

Review eligibility requirements and application details on our website.

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time
Apply for International Young Musicians

Web: kennedy-center.org/education/vsa

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