Applications Open Now


Each year outstanding young musicians (ages 14-25) with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award ($2,000) and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of all genres.



Disability is a broad umbrella that covers a variety of lived experiences. Eligible musicians 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.
Please review full eligibility requirements and application details on our website. We look forward to receiving your application.



Entry Deadline:
Monday, February 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


                                                                                    Click Here for more information, and to apply!

The Actor’s Fund – Not Just for Actors


Professional Musicians and Orchestra Administrators Find Support for a Life in the Arts




Over 139 years, the services of The Actors Fund have evolved to meet the unique needs of professionals who work in performing arts and entertainment—including professional musicians.


Their supportive programs promote health and wellness, enrich careers and lives, offer resources about affordable housing and help people through difficult times.



 “We help people navigate challenges in their lives no matter what their role in this industry,” said Actors Fund Western Region Director Keith McNutt. “We’re proud to help all members of our entertainment community—including professional musicians—to build more resilient futures.”



The Actors Fund supports a life in the arts in many ways. Click here to learn more.

Chicago Violin Competition





The Chicago Violin Competition is an international competition and online event open to promising young violinists from around the world. The city of Chicago is a cultural and economic center that attracts global talent in the arts, education, and business. CVC is a platform for young artists to perform, learn, and grow on a world stage. 

For more information, or to participate, click here!

Still Waiting Speaker Series

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and its Inaugural Dean, Eileen L. Strempel are proud to launch Still Waiting, a new speaker series that invites the public to join UCLA students in conversation with prominent figures invited by the school’s Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC), to help us understand ourselves and our response to this deeply hurtful moment in our nation’s racial reckoning. Still Waiting invites us to demand better of our communities and better of our actions in response to the tangible effects of racist policing, academic and institutional indifference, and methodologies that may bridge the gap between feelings of alienation and feelings of sanctuary and refuge for us all.


League of American Orchestras: Mental Health & Wellness
Below are various mental health resources, a recording, slides, and a transcript from the webinar.
Free Hotlines
Free and Affordable Counseling and Support Groups
How to Find the Right Therapist for You – Lauren Aycock Anderson
Next Fest Connects Spring Programming
WE’RE BACK! Hope is on the horizon after a long hard year. 

Based on your requests from our recent Town Hall (thank you!), The Next Festival is continuing Next Fest Connects, our series of supportive virtual workshops FREE OF CHARGE with registration. Take a look below.

We can’t wait to help you hit the ground running with your creative goals in 2021. We have many great workshops, talks and events coming up this spring. 

Stay tuned for news about our 2021 Festival – coming soon!
Video Production Support
FOUR/TEN MEDIA, a production company born from the partnership between filmmakers and musicians, will help you create fresh, authentic visual representations of your work. Register today!
March 4, 7:30-9pm ETUsing Video to Bring Your Music to Life: We’ll discuss different styles of video to accent performance or composition, exploring how video changes how music is perceived. details & registration

March 11, 7:30-9pm ETPractical Tips and Tricks for Filming from Wherever You Are: We’ll focus on how to light yourself, where to place the camera, and how to use things you have around the house to elevate your videos. details & registration

March 18, 7:30-9pm ETWorkflows for Streamlining a Successful Edit: We’ll cover the basics of editing using Adobe Premiere Pro. details & registration
Financial Advice
ELAINE GROGAN LUTTRULL, CPA and founder of Minerva Financial Arts, works to make creative individuals both financially empowered and creatively free through education and coaching. Register today!
March 9, 5-6:30pm ET, Taxes in the Age of COVID: We’ll review federal and state income tax basics for creative individuals, and discuss common deductions claimed by musicians plus what is different for 2020. details & registration

April 8, 5-6:30pm ET, Pricing Strategies for Musicians: Four factors affect the price for a creative entrepreneur’s work. In this interactive workshop we’ll help you determine what you should charge for your talent and 
experience. details & registration

May 4, 5-6:30pm ETArts Funding & COVID-19: Review the financial challenges faced by artists as a result of the pandemic, strategize actionable solutions, and highlight financial wellness strategies musicians can take. details & registration




Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 5:00 PM EDT / 2:00 PM PDT

Get advice and perspectives from composers and filmmakers about what we can do to reduce barriers and increase opportunities for the many composers yet to be included in one of the world’s most popular art forms.

Confirmed panelists:  Composer & artist Tamar-Kali; SESAC’s VP for Film, Television and Developing Media Erin Collins; and composer, artist, and educator Nico Muhly. Moderated by New Music USA President & CEO Vanessa Reed.

This discussion is open to anyone with an interest in music and film – from cinephiles to composers, from people who love our panelists’ work to artists wanting to know more about our Reel Change Film Fund

Register for free tickets here
This free panel discussion is part of New York Music Month – an initiative of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). Find your beat at nymusicmonth.nyc.
MET Orchestra Masterclass Series

The MET Orchestra is continuing its free Masterclass Series, with applications now open for Percussion, Tuba, English Horn, and Violin, including a special class with our Concertmaster David Chan.

As always, we would be delighted to have applicants and interested viewers from the AYS community.

Credo Club
On 21st February, 2021 at 8pm ET Rachel Barton Pinethe virtuosic violinist of international acclaim, will be joining members of the Credo community for a private live event.
Early in her career, Pine noted that young people learning classical music seldom have the opportunity to study and perform music written by Black composers.
Credo Club believes that this is an incredibly important area in which all musicians should grow, and we’re pleased to offer this inspiring resource to you and the students of the American Youth Symphony.
This event is free but spaces are limited. Priority registration will be given to Credo Club members until February 1st. Registration will then open to non-members. Please register for Credo Club to reserve your seat now!