If you wish, you may direct your contribution to any of the following programs.
Keep Our Artists Working Fund
The COVID-19 crisis has turned the music world upside down leaving our artists in an extremely vulnerable position. Performance venues have closed, forcing musicians to reimagine their work lives with an unprecedented immediacy. At Young Concert Artists, we are determined to help our musicians make the most of this extraordinarily difficult time. Until we can get them back on stage, we must Keep Our Artists Working!
Young Concert Artists International Auditions
Hundreds of aspiring musicians compete in the annual YCA International Auditions. The Winners are selected by a distinguished jury based on virtuosity, musicianship and individuality All winners join the YCA Roster for a minimum of three years.
YCA manages 25-30 artists on its roster annually, providing them with concert engagements, publicity, and individualized career guidance until they are signed by commercial management. A close relationship between YCA and the artists continues throughout their careers.
The YCA Debut Concerts
The YCA Concert Series provides its new winners with debuts in both New York and Washington, D.C., and introduces them to the public and press at venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
The YCA Composer Program
Every 2-3 years, a gifted young American composer is selected to receive management and two commissions to be written for YCA soloists. The commissions premiere in the Concert Series and are performed throughout the country.
The Annaliese Soros Educational Residency Program
YCA artists teach masterclasses, perform, and lead interactive question and answer sessions in schools and colleges nationwide. Through this program, our artists communicate with audiences of all ages and inspire future music lovers.
Career Catalyst Workshop
This season, YCA launches Career Catalyst: a series professional development workshops for today’s successful musician. The comprehensive services that YCA offers to roster artists have been distilled into a series of all-day workshops. Take control of your career in topics covering resiliency in the face of crisis, successful engagement with social media and the internet, personal finance for artists, and working with donors. YCA brings experts in the industry and professional musicians to share wisdom from their own careers. These fruitful sessions will foster community and a productive approach towards the nuances of the music industry. The first Career Catalyst will take place on Saturday, October 24 in New York City.
Orchestra Partners Program
YCA offers a limited number of US orchestras the opportunity to engage a soloist for a reduced fee. To supplement the reduced fee, YCA provides $1,000 per engagement to the artist.