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Category Rules

Category Rules

Applying to Spotlight is easy, but first make sure you are eligible to participate:

  • You must be a Southern California high school student who attends a public, private, parochial, online or home school. Your home base must be in one of these counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern, San Diego, Riverside or San Bernardino
  • Ballet students need to check the category rules page for residency exceptions 
  • You can apply to one or more of these categories: Acting, Ballet, Non Classical Dance, Classical Voice, Non Classical Voice, Classical Instrumental or Jazz Instrumental 
  • Previous grand prize finalists are not eligible
  • You can apply to more than one category; however you will only be allowed to advance to finals in one, determined by which category you advance to the finals first
  • You must be available to attend final rehearsal and performance if advanced to Grand Finale Performance
  • All judges decisions are final
  • You will need to complete the online application by October 2018. Don’t wait until the last minute! 
  • Prepare and upload your audition video (recorded January - October 2018). Don't get nervous, we are going to make this super easy. If you get stuck along the way, just email us at spotlight@musiccenter.org