Young Performers Career Advancement

Celebrating 22 years in 2019, the Young Performers Career Advancement (YPCA, pronounced “YIP-Kah”) program was designed by the APAP Classical Connections Initiative to support classical musicians in the formative stages of their careers. As a selected YPCA artist, you can attend intensive, specialized seminars at the APAP|NYC conference and meet with established presenters, agents, managers, agents and artists. The annual YPCA showcase at APAP|NYC is a much-anticipated special event.

APAPNYC 2018 YPCA Tessa Lark by Adam Kissick/APAP


What you’ll find here:

  • When and how you can apply to YPCA

  • How to attend the YPCA showcase

  • Past participants

Participants in the YPCA program will:

  • Receive a complimentary full conference registration to APAP|NYC

  • Get a practical overview of the presenting and touring industry and expert instruction in audience engagement

  • Learn to set long-term career goals, including developing your vision and identity

  • Develop strategies for communicating with presenters, managers, audiences and other artists

  • Gain networking resources that last an entire career

  • Perform at Carnegie Hall in the only APAP-produced showcase at APAP|NYC 

When and How to Apply

The deadline to apply was Thursday, July 12, 5 p.m. (EDT).

Eligibility requirements:

APAP membership is not required in order to apply to the YPCA program, but artists must have representation (agent, manager, personal representative or an equivalent support structure) in order to participate. If artist is selected, an artist’s representative must be or must become an APAP member and must also register to attend the APAP|NYC conference to represent the YPCA artist/ensemble. 

Through a partnership developed with the Sphinx Organization, APAP also provides an opportunity for a Sphinx Competition alumni artist or ensemble to participate in the program each year, ensuring classical composers of color are also well represented and recognized.

YPCA artists will perform in APAP's only self-produced showcase in front of global arts leaders, performing arts presenters, managers, record company representatives, and agents. This event marks the 22nd anniversary of the YPCA program.

Opportunities to Engage

Meet the artists

Each year, YPCA supports the best and brightest emerging stars in classical music. Meet the most recent class here. The YPCA showcase is always free and open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres are provided.

Inside Arts articles

Read about how the program has grown over the years and get in-depth insights from alumni.