Applications Open for The Music Center Spotlight Program

Southern California high school students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to apply to be a part of the 29th annual free Spotlight arts education and scholarship program presented by The Music Center.

The annual program offers arts training, experience and workforce development skills taught by professional artists and arts administrators, and awards more than $100,000 in scholarships.

All students who apply to receive written feedback from a distinguished panel of judges and a certificate of achievement. In addition, they have an opportunity to gain audition experience and knowledge in their performance disciplines through master classes and performance. Students also experience a supportive environment in which to develop important life skills, including self-esteem, preparation and perseverance.

The deadline for submission is October 17.

High school students of all talent levels are encouraged to apply for free. There are two rounds of auditions.

For the first preliminary round, Students submit an online video in one or more of the following categories: acting, ballet, classical instrumental, classical voice, jazz instrumental, non-classical dance and non-classical voice.

Students who advance to the second preliminary round will audition live before a panel of judges.

(Note: Semifinalists and honorable mentions from the previous year will bypass the preliminary first round and advance automatically to live auditions.)

Fifteen semifinalists in each category from the first preliminary auditions will participate in a master class to gain feedback before their semifinal audition. Two Grand Prize Finalists and an Honorable Mention in each category are announced after the semifinal auditions.

All students whether they apply to Spotlight or not are invited to attend The Spotlight Academy, a free day of performing arts workshops for students, parents and teachers on Sept. 25 at The Music Center.

Spotlight will conclude with a Grand Finale evening performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on May 23, 2017.

Spotlight is part of The Music Center’s commitment to helping all students gain outstanding arts learning experiences in their schools and in the community. The program is designed to help students explore their professional goals and increase their confidence.

Spotlight alumni are performing with the world’s best dance companies, top orchestras and leading jazz clubs; singing in the leading opera houses; and starring on Broadway. They are also major executives working behind-the-scenes in arts schools, institutions and businesses.

Students can RSVP for The Spotlight Academy at For more information, including details on how to apply in each category, visit