(Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics)
Sponsored by the NAACP for high school students
local competitions March and May - National competition July  20 - 26, 2017
Compete in 25 categories including Sciences, Business, Humanities,
Performing Arts and Visual Arts, NAACP ACT-SO 410-580-5650 /
4805 Mt. Hope Dr., Baltimore, MD 21215-3297,
Contact: Los Angeles NAACP – 310.397.1147 ---------
Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP ACT-SO 323-464-7616
Altadena NAACP ACT-SO Phone number (626) 794-2884 -------- San Gabriel Valley NAACP ACT-SO 909 717-9450
Long Beach NAACP ACT-SO 562.856.7586------- Madera NAACP ACT-SO (559)  481-3511 --------
Fontana NAACP ACT-SO 909-887-7411
Orange County NAACP ACT-SO (562) 494-6507 -------- Lake Elsinore/SW Riverside County ACT-SO 626-316-4175

The Music Center Spotlight Awards
Music Center / Performing Arts Center of L.A. County Performing and Visual Arts Competition .
Open to Southern California students enrolled in 9-12 grades.
Music Center, 717 West Temple St. Ste.44, LA 90012.  
Applications for 2017 will be available online in June. Enter at

PTSA Music Scholarship
Open to Secondary & High School Students in the 10th District / PTSA area
compete on standard orchestra instruments, piano & voice.
Amount: private music lessons - $200
Apply to: 310-745-7114 Fax: 213-745-6426
LA Tenth District PTSA, 1000 Venice Blvd. LA 90015
 Applications will be mailed out to Principals/Music Depts  at Secondary Schools in February, Deadline for Applications is in the middle of March.  Auditions are held in Mid-March / April

Los Angeles Rotary Club
Local and district music competitions for high school students. Scholarships: $1000, $500 & $250,
Contact: 310-670-9792,  Competition held in March

Young Musicians Foundation
Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and financial need
under 18 years of age - instrumentalist not beyond 11th grade.
Scholarships: $500 to $2,500, Contact: YMF, 310-859-7668
195 South Beverly Dr., Ste 414, Beverly Hills 90212
Audition dates for 2018 available in March 2017

Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles discontinued for Grammy Camp-Jazz Session
Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2017 are currently online at and the deadline is March 31, 2017. Financial aid is available and approximately 80 percent of GRAMMY Camp participants who have applied for financial aid have received assistance.

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Applicants are required to prepare an audio tape content varies according to the category. For The 2017 YoungArts  program application opens in Spring 2017.; dates are still pending  YoungArts, 777 Brickell Avenue, Suite 370 Miami, FL 33131 (305) 377-1140 1 (800) 970 ARTS (2787), Dates for 2015 program have already closed.
Tom Talbert Jazz Scholarship
For instrumental Jazz students
Pays full tuition and expenses for a year selected by audition
Contact: Jeff Jarvis, Department Of Music, 562-233-9811
 UMC-A512, Cal State Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach 90840

The USA Songwriting Competition
Rules & Regulations of 2017 USA Songwriting Competition
1. If you enter online, you will need to fill out the online entry entry form with your full contact details and credit card (Master or Visa). After your card has been processed, you will be taken to the 2nd page where you upload your mp3 or enter with your song on YouTube, Soundcloud or Reverbnation. If you enter by mail, each entry must include: (A) Completed entry form (or photocopy). All signatures must be original. (B) CD or Audio Cassette(s) containing 1 song only, 5 minutes or less in length. Lyrics Only category do not require audio CD or cassette. (C) Lyric sheet (please include English translation if applicable). Lyrics are not required for instrumental category. (D) Check or money order for US$35.00 (US currency only). You may total all entries on 1 check (example: 6 entries = $210.00). If paying by credit card, US$35.00 per song entry will be charged to your account. All entries must be entered by May 31, 2017 or earlier. Mail all entries to: USA Songwriting Competition, 2881 E. Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 414, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306, USA. If songs are entered online, MP3 of 8 MB or less is permitted, $35.00 per song entry will be charged to your credit card.  This cost is the same whether entering online or regular mail. For more information-Contact:

PianoArts 2018
North American Biennial Competition & Music Festival
In partnership with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
May 30 – June 5, 2018
For pianists ages 16-21, living or studying full time in North America
A challenging competition that prepares PianoArtists to build careers through rehearsals, conversations, and performances with professional musicians, and seminars with specialists from a diversity of arts organizations. 

February 9:Application deadline
February 23:Preliminary round video submission
Early March: Ten semifinalists are selected as PianoArtists
The competition offers prizes, scholarships, and future performances, but the winners – in fact, all of the contestants – receive training and advice on all aspects of performance. Held May 30 – June 5, 2018 . Application deadline: February 9th, 2018 . Finals with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and PianoArts Music Director Andrews Sill, Sue Medford, Founder. Held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2642 North Summit Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211

The Jerry Herman Awards
The Jerry Herman Awards
Forms must be submitted by November of 2016. There is no application fee, and the awards event is June 5th, 2017. For information contact: Michaela Cummings –, Or mail to:
 C/O Hollywood Pantages
 Attn: Michaela Cummings
 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
 For information, call 323-468-1745

Worldstars (The World Championship of  Performing Arts)
International Worldstars Association
 7095 Hollywood Blvd., #745, Hollywood, CA  90028, (323) 851-4299, 851-4613,
An invitation-only competition covering 56 countries and 6 genres of entertainment-contestants apply through the website.  The 2017 Event is June 30th-July 9th, 2017. Free Online Auditions for #WCOPA 2017 are Open.  Contact or call 323-828-1238 for your #Audition.time!  All ages and talent levels welcome. #ExperienceWCOPA

The Loren L. Zachary Society  for the Performing Arts
2250 Gloaming Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-2731

Open to Singers ages 21 - 35. Singers must be prepared to pursue a professional operatic stage career, be present for all phases of the Competition, and reside in the United States or Canada.  45th Annual Vocal Competition for Young Opera Singers
Sunday, May 21, 2017.  Application must be downloaded from the website and must be postmarked on or before FEBRUARY 8, 2017
Nedra Zachary, Competition Director
(310) 276-2731

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
Attn: Grants Chair
P.O. Box 80262
San Marino, CA 91118
(626) 578-8500
The instrumental competition is open to string and woodwind musicians  between the ages 16-23, brass musicians between the ages 17-24; competitors who either reside or study in the counties of  Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, or Ventura.The 2017 Competition deadline will be announced later this year.

Los Angeles Young Musician International Competition
PO Box 23216
Los Angeles, CA 90023-9998
Tel: (909) 595-9600

  • The 2017 Los Angeles International Piano Competition application starts now to May 15, 2017.
    • Late application must be postmarked no later than June 01, 2017.
  • The 2017 Los Angeles International Piano Competition will take place on August 1-7, 2017.
  • The masterclasses with the jury are TBA. The competition award ceremony and winner's piano concert will be held on August 7, 2017.

 Applications are not considered complete until all documents and fees have been received by the administration of the competition. Application deadline: Regular by May 15, 2017, Late by June 1, 2017.  Application Fee: $150  Late application fee additional $30.  Applications can be downloaded via

The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc.

awards scholarships to outstanding musicians yearly. The 2017 NANM Scholarship Competition is for strings (violin, viola, cello, or bass) and harp.  Contestants will first compete on the local, then the regional level. Based on these contests, each region will send a contestant to compete at the national phase of the competition, to be held in 2017 at the 98th Annual NANM National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The required repertoire embraces the works of European and American composers, while highlighting the contributions of African-American composers.  Please refer to our website,, for complete rules and repertoire requirements. The completed application and fee of $50 are due no later than February 20, 2017 Age Requirement: 18-30 years old.  Contestant must not be 31 years old before August 31, 2017.  National Competition Date & Location: Sunday, July 16, 2017  •  New Orleans, LA/  National Prizes: 1st Place - $3,000 • 2nd Place - $2,000 • 3rd Place - $1,000 • Honorable Mentions (2) - $250.  Contact Dr. Zanaida Robles at or Ruth Nolen, President at
George Robert Garner III Branch, Nanm,Inc., P.O. Box 6545  •  Altadena, CA 91103

This list represents ONLY A FEW of the many educational and scholarships opportunities
that are available to students in the Southern California area.

Watts Towers Arts Center
Four-week arts camp for 6 to 15 year olds – The dates for Summer Camp are June 28th- July 22nd, 2017.  Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9:00 am-2:00 pm.  Space is limited and Registration is in person on June 29th, 2017 at 8:00 am-First come-First served.  Students must bring their own lunch. Address: 1727 E 107th St,  L A, CA  90002 Call 213.847.4646 for information.

California State Summer School for the Arts  The CSSSA Music Program is
 four weeks of exploration, discovery and hard work designed to unleash your creative power. Application deadline is February 28th, 2017.   Located on the campus of Cal Institute of the Arts,  the 31st Summer Session runs July 8th-August 4th, 2017
Applications and information are at:
Address: 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355, Director-Robert Jaffe  Office: (916) 229-5160. Mailing address: California State Summer School for the Arts, PO Box 1077, Sacramento, CA 95812-1077

A Place Called Home
Parents can enroll their children through our membership office in year-round activities during 3 consecutive terms, Summer, Fall/Winter and Winter/Spring.
 Music instruction is free-Commitment agreement and parental permission required. Scholarship opportunities available  - Contact; by calling Ana Marie Perez-Paulino at 323-232-7653, x2239 or Michelle Escobar at 323-232-7653, x2202. More can be found out about the programs at Applications Accepted Year-Round, (Scholarships and Financial Assistance Available) 2830 S. Central Ave., LA 90011

Alkebu-lan Cultural Center
Unique performing and creative arts programs are offered in
Dance and Focus classes for age 5 to 17 on Saturdays at 12 noon. The classes run for 16 weeks.  Upcoming classes and information on programs can be found on  or by calling (626) 460-0904 Address: 1435 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
Jazz America
Committed to preserving and perpetuating the jazz tradition.
Located at the Musicians Union # 47, 817 Vine St, Hollywood, 90038, We're pleased to announce the resumption of JazzAmerica in 2017, starting with our annual study of Traditional Jazz.
Rehearsals will again take place at the Musicians Union, 817 Vine St., Hollywood 90038, from 9:45 am to 12:30 pm, every Saturday through May 13.
JazzAmerica students are between ages 11 and 20. 
You should know the major scales in all keys and be able to play Seventh Chords.
Opening day is January 7, 2017. For more information, please email
Call or text Contact: Richard Simon, VP :  310.836.2277

Pasadena Conservatory of Music
An independent nonprofit community music school providing a comprehensive curriculum of music study in a year round and eight week Summer program..
Located at 100 N. Hill St. Pasadena, California 91106 Contact: Matt Bookman (626) 683-3355 Three 12 week sessions, Fall, Winter & Spring. Summer Session, July and August. Check back in March of 2017 for the 2017-2018 application. -call for information or e-mail at:

Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (formerly Stephen Wise)
15800 Zeldins Way,Los Angeles,CA,90049, (310) 903-5712  Contact Russell Steinberg
Artistic Director at (310) 571-LAYO regarding auditions for orchestra.  Auditions for the Fall 2017 semester will be held on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 from 12:00-6:00 PM. Please use the "send us a message" link at ttp:// to schedule an audition.
Students must be between 8 and 18 years old and must have had at least two years of private lessons. Private instrumental instruction must continue while playing in the orchestra   Need-based tuition assistance is available. Once accepted into the orchestra, families may apply for financial aid

Bronislaw Kaper Award for Young Artists 
Los Angeles Philharmonic Education Dpt. 151 S. Grand Avenue,Los Angeles,CA,90012, 213-972-0705, Competition for pianists with awards ranging from $2,500 to $500.  Applicant must be current residents of California.  Bronislaw Kaper Award for Young Artists  Piano, Senior in high school or 17 years old.  Per Rebecca in Education Dept, Award has been discontinued.
BMI Foundation
Pat Cook, Director, BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007-0030, U.S.A., (212)830-2508   BMI Foundation administers various competitions for awards, and scholarships, . ELIGIBILITY: Criteria varies by award. Please visit the BMI website to view all scholarship offerings, details, and deadlines. TO APPLY: Applications are available on the Foundation's website for 2017-2018._DEADLINE: Usually, January
The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena,
745 Sierra Madre Boulevard, San Marino, CA 91108   Piano Competition with Cash $$$ Award,Competition, For information please contact Sofia MacIsaac at 626-793-6744 or Robert Barbara at 626-584-0491

Claremont Community School of Music
951 West Foothill Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711  Phone: (909) 624-3012 Matthew Keating, Executive Director  The Claremont Community School of Music does offer financial aid. Individual amounts vary and are dependent on scholarship funds available, number of scholarship applications received, gross income, and number of dependents. Claremont Community School of Music financial aid scholarships range from 10% to 50% reduction in tuition only. For more information, visit the Financial Aid section of this website.Although there is no deadline for application, funds are limited and we strongly recommend checking the website

The Charles Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 480028, Los Angeles, CA 90048 Contact: 323-935-1374 or 323-666-3700, Our annual April Tribute to Dolo Concert is a tribute to Dolo Coker and introduces our scholarship competition winners as they demonstrate their extraordinary talents. We also conduct a Jazz Clinic each February, where students and their families can learn directly from a panel of jazz greats, and a Jazz Showcase where established pros and up-and-coming stars can be seen, heard, and enjoyed . For Completed 2017 Application Deadline check   No Fee to enter The audition competition will take place in March of 2017.  Students who win will be awarded their prizes at the 34th Annual “Tribute to Dolo” Concert in April 2017

Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts,P.O. Box 80262, San Marino,CA,91118, 304-4602
Dan Stover Memorial Music Scholarship
Every year, talented high school musicians compete in the Dan Stover Memorial Instrumental Music Competition, sponsored by the Pasadena Rotary Club. The competition is open to all high school students. The Dan Stover Instrumental Music Competition is open to all high school students planning to go on to college and continue their music study. The high school must be affiliated with and sponsored by a Rotary Club in District 5300
Auditions: Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 7:00 pm at: The Salvation Army,
 960 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA. 91106
Club Competition: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 12:00 pm
University Club of Pasadena, 175 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
Applications are due by March 1st, 2017
 If you have any questions, please call Terry Masango at 619-647-2588
ISOMATA, Idyllwild Arts Summer Program
P.O. Box 38, Idyllwild, CA, 92549, 951/659-2171 Summer Program Dates: June 11 - August 6, 2017. Registration opens – December 2016  Contact Mark Davis, Director of Summer Programs or Check Website at for more information.

Saturday Conservatory
The Conservatory of Fine Arts kicked off its 36th season on October 1st by regsitering more than 650 students for classes in visual arts, dance, dramatic arts, and vocal music. This 24-week Saturday morning instructional program, offered on the campus of California State University Los Angeles, through Gifted/Talented Programs, is open to third through twelfth grade LAUSD students who have been identified as talented in the arts or recommended by their regular schools
How to Apply :The application window for 2016-2017 is closed. The 2017-2018 application is scheduled to open in June 2017 at
 Students "identified" in the area of talent (new or returning) have first enrollment priority and will receive a letter of invitation to attend; returning "active" students have second priority; new recommended applicants will be placed depending on availability of space.
 Students with talent may be recommended by a teacher or administrator familiar with student's abilities by completing and signing the "Recommendation Checklist." School personnel may refer to the online Memorandum titled, “Gifted/Talented Conservatory of Fine Arts Program,” available each school year to obtain the paper application and referral instructions.
For more information please contact the Los Angeles Unified School District, 333 South Beaudry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017 or at (213) 241-1000