The Music Center's Spotlight

New application will be available June 2022

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About Spotlight

Southern California High School students of ALL skill levels are encouraged to apply for FREE. Much more than a competition, Spotlight provides performing arts scholarships and artistic development to empower high school students by emphasizing preparation, courage, critical thinking and perseverance, while also providing an invaluable opportunity for students to hone their skills! $100,000 in cash scholarships are awarded each year to students. Personalized feedback, mastery classes with world renowned artists, performing arts workshops and more!

NEW REQUIREMENT:  The first round (Preliminary 1) of the Spotlight is online. All students who advance to the second round (Preliminary 2) live auditions must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to participate at The Music Center. 

Categories: acting, ballet, dance, classical instrumental, jazz instrumentalclassical voice and non-classical voice

  • Preliminary 1 (First Round) auditions will be online video submissions 
  • Preliminary 2 and Semifinal rounds will be live auditions
  • Spotlight Merit, Semifinalists and Honorable Mention awardees from the previous year will automatically bypass Preliminary 1 and advance to Preliminary 2 auditions
  • See Category Rules  

Why you should apply

Whether or not you pursue a career onstage, offstage or something outside of the arts, Spotlight can help you explore your professional goals and increase your confidence. Participating in Spotlight can help you gain self-esteem and build confidence by challenging yourself to step out of your comfort zone and shine a light on who you truly are. Our alumni are dancing with the world’s best dance companies, performing with top orchestras, jamming in the leading jazz clubs, singing in the leading opera houses, and starring on Broadway. In addition, they are top executives behind the scenes in arts schools, institutions and businesses.

By applying to Spotlight you are eligible for:

  • Participation in The Spotlight Academy
  • Written feedback from our distinguished panel of judges
  • Mastery class with world-renowned artist or artistic director 
  • Live virtual audition experience and coaching
  • Grand Prize Finalist performance
  • College and career preparation
  • Cash awards up to $5,000
  • School achievement recognition
  • News and social media coverage possibilities

Questions about the application? Email them to

Spotlight 2021 Grand Prize Finalists