Young Performers Career Advancement

Celebrating 20 years in 2017, 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 

When and How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for YPCA 2018. Follow the instructions below to apply by July 20, 2017.

  1. Review the YPCA 2018 Guidelines and Application Preview.
  2. Submit your application materials through the YPCA 2018 online form no later than 5:00 p.m on Thursday, July 20, 2017. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application no later than Friday, September 1, 2017. Please note, any applications submitted via email will not be accepted.

Questions? Contact Hannah Sturm, programs and resources associate,

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.

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.

Inside Arts articles

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