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VSA Creative Careers Programs

In addition to the opportunities below, you can discover calls for art, auditions, residency applications, plus promote your organization's opportunity to a global audience in our members-only forum.

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Kennedy Center VSA Creative Careers Programs

The Access/VSA International Network is proud to support young emerging artists with disabilities. Musicians, playwrights, and visual artists may apply to annual competitions. Multiple winners receive monetary awards and get the chance to be mentored by industry professionals, participate in professional development activities provided by the Kennedy Center, and showcase their work at a national level. Past Access/VSA program recipients have gone on to successful careers in music, theater, and the visual arts. We hope you, your students, and/or mentees will take advantage of these fabulous opportunities.

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VSA International Young Musicians Program 

Calling all musicians with disabilities ages 14-25! The Access/VSA International Young Musicians program is open to U.S. and international soloists and ensembles of any genre or instrument, including voice. 


Applications for the 2024 program are now closed. Call for musicians will open again in fall 2024.

Photograph of several students seated at a table during the VSA Playwright Discovery Program. The workshop leader is seated in a wheelchair, instructing the group.

VSA Playwright Discovery Program


Young writers with disabilities (generally, ages 14-22) enrolled in high school or high school equivalency are invited to submit a 'ten-minute script' on any topic. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration of two students that includes at least one student with a disability. A panel of theater professionals selects division winners.

Applications for the 2024 program are now closed. Call for playwrights will open again in fall 2024.

Photograph of two participants of the VSA emerging Young Artists Program.

VSA Emerging Young Artists Program

Artists with disabilities are invited to submit artwork that demonstrates excellence and their individual perspectives from the experience of disability. Artists must be ages 16-25 and reside in the United States.


Applications  for the 2023-2024 program have now closed. Call for artists will open again in summer 2024.

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