Young Performers Career Advancement

Celebrating 21 years in 2018, 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 2017 YPCA Audience


What you’ll find here:

  • When and how you can apply to YPCA

  • How to attend the YPCA showcase

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 

Attend the Showcase

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 21st anniversary of the YPCA program.

Monday, January 15, 2018
Showcase: 6-8pm, reception with hors d'oeuvres to follow.
Free and open to the public.

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan
(Entrance near 154 West 57th Street)

Opportunities to Engage

Meet the artists and attend the showcase

Each year, YPCA supports the best and brightest emerging stars in classical music. Meet the most recent class here. Be sure to RSVP to APAP’s only self-produced showcase featuring this year’s class of YPCA participants, performing in Carnegie Hall. This event is 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.