2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition


The Kennedy Center invites musicians with a disability, ages 14 to 25, to enter the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The competition is open to international and domestic musicians, soloists and ensembles of two to five members, and musicians of all genres.   
Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has identified talented musicians with a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians from the United States and around the world, and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. These emerging musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
We have just extended our application deadline and we are now accepting applications until February 10, 2014. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in spreading the word to your state arts networks and organizations. More information on the competition, submission guidelines, and the application, can be found on our website (http://www.kennedy-center.org/IYS) and in the marketing piece below. 
Feel free to be in touch if you have any questions about the competition or application process. I can be reached at 202-416-8833 or mcmidock@kennedy-center.org.
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2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition

June 2013 Updates from the NEA Office of Accessibility



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NEA Webinar: Web Sites, Videos, Mobile Apps, + Video Games: Accessibility for All. The NEA Office of Accessibility recently hosted a webinar on making websites, videos, mobile apps, and video games accessible to all users, featuring expert speakers from the WGBH National Center for Accessible Media and the AbleGamers Foundation. The webinar is now archived, as well as a document listing the links referenced in the presentation.
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Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics about Working Artists. The NEA just announced a new research tool on working artists. This online Arts Data Profiletallies the number of artists at the state and metro levels and breaks out key demographic characteristics, including artists with disabilities. For example, it highlights that nationally, 4 percent of all artists have disabilities, compared with 6 percent of the labor force. At 7 percent, the share of dancers and musicians with a disability is somewhat higher. The percentage of working musicians with a disability is comparatively high in Alaska (25 percent), Alabama (14 percent), Kentucky (16 percent), and Wisconsin (13 percent). Check the site for more interesting data on your state and how artists with disabilities fare.
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Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference. Please mark your calendars for the LEAD Conference, which will be held August 21-23, 2013, in Washington, D.C. at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Office of Accessibility will be holding a pre-conference peer session for regional and state Accessibility Coordinators. This is an opportunity to learn from experts in accessibility and share ideas with each other, with a strong emphasis on regional collaboration. The peer session will be held on Tuesday, August 20 from 1:00 – 5:30 P.M. and Wednesday, August 21 from 8:30 – 12 Noon, before the conference begins at 1:00 P.M. If you have questions, please contact Beth Bienvenu at bienvenub@arts.gov.
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VSA Funding Available for Organizations to Perform Arts, Education and Disability Programming.  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Office of VSA and Accessibility, is seeking proposals from organizations  to carry out the following 7 (seven) VSA programs:  VSA Arts Connect All Professional Development Program,  VSA Arts Connect All Workshop/Residency Program, VSA Children’s Visual Art Discovery Program, VSA International Young Soloists: Music for Every Student Program, VSA Playwright Discovery Program, VSA Rosemary Kennedy Internship Program, and VSA Accessible Arts for Kids Program.  Contract amounts will vary but generally range between $2,000 and $25,000. Deadline is July 31, 2013.
June 2013 Updates from the NEA Office of Accessibility