Grants & Awards
YoungArts provides award winners with grants, awards, creative and emergency microgrants, and unrestricted funding throughout their artistic careers.
All YoungArts award winners－Finalist, Honorable Mention and Merit award levels－receive cash prizes between $100 and $10,000. The YoungArts award competition is open to artists (1) between the ages of 15–18 or in high school grades 10–12 (2) that are United States citizens, permanent residents or are legally able to receive taxable income in the United States (3) that demonstrate excellence in Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Film, Jazz, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice or Writing.
Microgrants provide up to $5,000 monthly to award winners seeking support for a wide range of artist needs and professional development opportunities, including travel expenses to a residency, registration fees for a conference or class, the purchase of equipment, studio rental fees and more.
Since 2018, the Jorge M. Pérez Award, funded by The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation, has been providing a YoungArts Visual Arts award winner who has succeeded in strengthening their community through artistic endeavors with a $25,000 unrestricted award. Applicants aged 25 and over are invited to submit materials through open call on YoungArts Post. Selections are made by the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation.
Gordon Parks Foundation
The Gordon Parks Foundation grants a $7,500 cash award to one recent YoungArts award winner who represents the depth, breadth and integrity of Gordon Parks’ work. A winner is selected by a diverse panel of artists across multiple disciplines.
YoungArts Lin Arison Excellence in Writing Award
The YoungArts Lin Arison Excellence in Writing Award is a $50,000 scholarship given to a YoungArts award winner. Introduced in 2018, this scholarship is awarded annually to a Finalist in Writing who is currently a senior in high school. Awardees are selected based on merit by the Writing panel; and recipients may apply the financial award against the cost of tuition, room and board to attend an accredited school of their choice.
The YoungArts Emergency Microgrants program distributes $1,000 to YoungArts award winners and guest artists who are experiencing loss of income due to the cancellation of scheduled professional engagements or unexpected expenses related to COVID-19. In September 2020, this program was expanded to include artists who have worked for the organization in the past three years, such as guest artists and panelists. It will remain ongoing through June 2021.
In April 2020, Artist Relief was created by a coalition of seven national arts grantmakers to support artists during the COVID-19 crisis by offering emergency relief grants and informational resources to artists across the U.S. The fund distributed $5,000 emergency grants to artists working across a variety of disciplines facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19 through June 2021. For more information, visit Artist Relief.
I cannot understate the importance of having the capital (financial, social, etc.) to produce art, take risks, and realize performances that I’ve been sitting with for over a year.”
Because of YoungArts, I was able to open my first bank account. That started my dance life. That started my independence.”