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The Music Center's Spotlight

Applications Now Open!

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On May 30, 2020, The Music Center presented the first-ever virtual Spotlight Grand Finale! The grand finale performance culminated a year-long process when 1,400 students applied to the Spotlight program. If you missed the show, click the button below to watch it.

Watch the Spotlight 2020 Grand Finale

About Spotlight*

Southern California High School students of ALL skill levels are encouraged to apply for FREE. Much more than a competition, Spotlight is a scholarship and arts training program, which empowers students by emphasizing preparation, courage, critical thinking and perseverance while 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!

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 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 2020 Grand Prize Finalists

* Given circumstances around COVID-19, program elements and benefits are subject to change.

Contact Us


Window & Phone Hours:

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

TMC Arts / Glorya Kaufman Presents
Dance at The Music Center

(213) 972-0711

LA Opera
(213) 972-8001

LA Master Chorale
(213) 972-7282


Window Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Phone Hours:
Center Theatre Group
(213) 628-2772
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Window Hours:

Tuesday - Sunday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed Monday

Phone Hours:
LA Phil

(323) 850-2000
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.