Wednesday, August 20, 2008



August 20, 2008



Leticia Rhi Buckley





All Southern California High School Artists Invited to Apply


            LOS ANGELES —The Music Center of Los Angeles County invites Southern California high school performers, artists and photographers to apply for the 21st Annual Music Center Spotlight Awards. The program is one of the nation’s most acclaimed performing and visual arts education programs for teens, offering training in the arts and awarding over $100,000 in scholarships annually to finalists, semi-finalists and participants who received honorable mentions.

            The Music Center Spotlight Awards program is free and open to all students who attend high school in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties at time of deadline.  Applications and information are available at or by calling (213) 972-3300.    Performing Arts applications must be received online or postmarked by no later than Wednesday, October 1, 2008. Visual Arts applications must be received online or postmarked by no later than Monday, December 1, 2008.        

            The Music Center Spotlight Awards program has launched numerous professional careers—fourteen finalists are Presidential Scholars and many have joined or performed with professional companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.   Many alumni return to the program and participate as judges and master class instructors.

            High school students audition in the Performing Arts categories of ballet, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, classical instrumental, and jazz instrumental before professional judges who then select 15 semifinalists. All semifinalists attend master classes and audition to become one of two finalists in each art form.  The 12 performance finalists—two from each category—will compete at the 21st Annual  Music Center Spotlight Awards on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Downtown Los Angeles. Grand Prize Finalists, (1st place and runner-up), receive $5,000 and $4,000.  Honorable Mentions receive $250 and Semi Finalists, $100 each.

The Visual Arts categories are photography (black/white, color and digital) and two-dimensional design (works of art with height and width but no depth, using drawing, painting, computer generated or mixed media).  All visual arts participates will be invited to attend master classes and museum tours. Winners receive $5,000; runners-up receive $4,000 and will be showcased at a Southern California gallery.

            Frederic M. Roberts is founding chairman of the Music Center Spotlight Awards; Thomas Weinberger is chairman and Walter Grauman is creator/executive producer. The program is a project of the Fraternity of Friends, a volunteer membership organization of men who support the Music Center. 

                        For more information about the Music Center Spotlight Awards program, call 213-972-3300 or visit



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