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American Protégé Policy


American Protégé, Inc. (hereinafter “American Protégé”) International Competitions (hereinafter, the “Competitions”) are open to independent solo musicians, artists, singers, and dancers, as well as ensembles consisting of all ages, nationalities and countries.

Only artists who are not signed to a major label record company and/or its affiliates or subsidiaries, are eligible to apply for the Competitions. By submitting an application form, the artist or ensemble acknowledges that he/she/it is not signed to a label record company and/or its affiliates or subsidiaries.

Employees, members of the Organizational Committee and judges of American Protégé, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies and members of their families are not eligible to apply for the Competitions.

If an applicant is under 18 years old, the application form must be signed (endorsed) by a parent or guardian of the applicant.

Multiple winners will be chosen in each of the age or genre categories. The applications are reviewed and judged separately in each of the age/repertoire categories, listed on the Eligibility and Repertoire Requirements sections of the Competitions’ Rules. For the age/repertoire categories list and awards and prizes, please visit the web-page of the respective Competition.

The first round of the audition process includes screening of the audition materials by American Protégé Organizational Committee and its respective agents in the participating countries, which select applications for finals. Then, selected applications are delivered to the panel of judges who make a decision on the Winners. The panel of judges includes high profile musicians and teachers.


To apply for the Competition participants must submit:

  • Completed Online Application Form
  • DVD or link (-s) to YouTube video recordings.
  • Biography of the applicant uploaded with an application form or emailed to info@AmericanProtégé.com in MS Word format (not to exceed 150 words). Include past participation in competitions, festivals and other public events. Portrait photo of the applicant uploaded with an application form or emailed to info@AmericanProtégé.com in electronic format, to be used for the Competition brochure printing and web-site posting. Organizational Committee collects short biographies to introduce the performers at the Winners Recitals. American Protégé reserves the rights to edit, reduce and re-format any submitted biographies as it seems appropriate and fit into the Recital Brochure.
  • Application fee.

Participants are required to submit video recording of one or several pieces for the audition.

Audition materials need not be of a professional quality but should be a fair representation of the applicant’s abilities. It is entrant’s responsibility to ensure that the submitted material/s are complete and playable.

Recording materials must be labeled.

If you are applying in multiple repertoire categories, each entry will be considered as a separate entry. For each entry, separate application form must be completed online and each application form must be accompanied with separate application fee payment.

Applicant may submit several pieces in each repertoire category and may also enter the same piece in more than one category.

Participants may apply to as many Competitions as they want.

No changes of repertoire are allowed after the application is submitted.

All entries become the sole property of American Protégé and will not be returned to the applicant for any reason. Entries must be received no later than the Competition Deadline. Entries will be rejected if they are late, incomplete, damaged, irregular, mutilated, forged or garbled. American Protégé is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, stolen, incomplete, or misappropriated entries.

Neither the American Protégé Organizational Committee, nor the panel of judges associated with the competition, gives any feedback or critique to entrants. No communication or correspondence is guaranteed to be exchanged with applicants except with those selected as Winners.


If you chose to submit a DVD recording, please mail your Audition Materials and Application Fees to:

American Protégé

P.O. Box 287476

New York, NY 10128

International participants must use express shipment services to the street address provided at this link and e-mail the tracking number to


All application materials must be delivered to the American Protege office no later than the date indicated on the respective Competition page.


The application fees for each of the American Protégé Competitions are provided on the Competitions’ web-pages.

U.S. participants should make out a check or money order payable to American Protégé and mail it to the address listed in the section entitled ‘Mailing Address’ above. U.S. Participants may also use PayPal as a payment option but a PayPal service charge will apply. PayPal links are available on all of our Competitions pages.

International participants may use one of the following payment means:

  • Certified bank check payable to American Protégé
    International money order payable to American Protégé
  • Western Union
  • PayPal payment option on the Competition Page dedicated specifically to the Competition being applied to.

American Protégé reserves the right to increase the Application Fees for applications after the Competition Deadline if it extends an application period.

All Application Fees are non-refundable.


The repertoire requirements are specified on the respective Competition web page.

Music, songs or costumes that are not considered appropriate for performance due to content, by the panel of judges, will be disqualified.


Competition results will be published on the respective Competition web-page on the date announced for the specific Competition. Only performing participants will be included into the Winners list on the web-site.


Winners of the Competitions who were awarded a performance at the Competition Winners’ Recital will perform one piece selected by the judges from the applicant’s audition repertoire. The performance time limit for each age and repertoire category is stated on the Competition’s web-page.

Certificates will be granted only to the performing participants.

For Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall:

Recital and Photo Fees for Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall include: online recognition, admission for participant and piano accompanist (if needed), Recital booklets with all Recital performers’ biographies and photos (for the booklet sample please click here), Certificate, Teacher’s Diploma, and 20-30 digital photos taken by professional photographer during participant’s performance on the stage.

For Isaac Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall:

The Concert Fee for Isaac Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage includes: online recognition, venue, labor and personnel at the hall, insurance, security, ushers, stage crews, Sound system and microphones, official “Playbill” preparation and printing, posters; schedules; protocol; backstage management, on-site personal management of all concerts-related activities, 20 archival photos of the stage performance, Performers Certificates and Teachers’ Diplomas. American Protégé provides information assistance with pre-concert preparation.

Piano Accompanist’s service is not included into the Performer’s Concert Fee. Registered piano accompanist for Summer Gala Concert is Mrs. Kyoung Im Kim Please contact her directly for any arrangements. Limited number of performers can be assisted.

Concert Fee for performer’s own Piano Accompanist is $250. No page turners at the Gala Concerts at Isaac Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

Concert Fee for Non-Performing Affiliates (Teachers, family members, friends or colleagues) is $500 per person. The Non-Performer Fee covers: 1) Attendance of the closed Dress Rehearsal; 2) backstage access to the Gala Concert; 3) One concert ticket ($100 value – Parquet/Main level).

Recital and Photo Fees are not refundable.

Detailed Recital Guidelines will be emailed to the winners along with the notification of their award.

All participants are responsible for their own expenses related to the Concert participation.

For extra tickets please visit Carnegie Hall website.

IX. AMERICAN PROTEGE NOT LIABLE: American Protégé shall have no liability to Participant for any delay or annoyance caused to Participant arising out of the actions of any public authority or on account of any strike, lockout or other labor difficulties, and American Protégé shall not be responsible or have any liability for loss or damage to the equipment or personal properties of Licensee or of any officer, agent, employee, performer or independent contractor of Participant kept or placed in the Premises or the Building of the performance venue, or used in connection with any rehearsal, Performance or Engagement to be given or entrusted to any person employed at the performance venue or by American Protégé, whether due to fire, theft or any other cause. American Protégé shall not be liable in any way because of American Protégé’s inability to provide heating or air-conditioning of the Recital Hall. Further, Participant hereby recognizes and acknowledges that (a) there is an inherent risk of exposure to Infectious Disease in any public place where people gather, particularly indoors and in group settings; (b) the performance of American Protégé obligations entails the gathering of people in indoor and/or group settings; and (c) American Protégé cannot completely manage or mitigate the risks associated with Infectious Disease. Licensee assumes all known and unknown risks related to exposure to Infectious Disease. American Protégé Party shall not be liable, and Participant shall not bring any claim or demand against American Protégé, for any injury, damage, loss, expense, or other liability related to Infectious Disease that may arise, directly or indirectly, in connection with the Participant performance.

X. PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Participant agrees to, and will cause all of its relatives, friends, employees, agents, performers, independent contractors, and any ticket holder or other person admitted to the Premises or the Building of the performance venue as part of the audience for the Engagement, Performance or rehearsal or otherwise, to comply with (a) all American Protégé and the performance venue health and safety protocols, as communicated by American Protégé to Participant or otherwise made available by American Protégé, and (b) all guidelines, rules, and regulations for mitigating the spread of any Infectious Disease promulgated by any applicable municipal, state, or federal department or agency, including without limitation the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and any updates, additions, or revisions thereto as may be promulgated or made effective during the time preceding the performance (collectively, “Health Protocols”). Failure by Participant to adhere to all Health Protocols will be a material breach of American Protégé Policy.

American Protégé may need to limit number of performers due to health and safety protocols.

XI. POLICY CHANGES IN RESPONSE TO PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERNS: Participant and American Protégé acknowledge and agree that the threat of Infectious Disease and its many known and unknown ramifications pose unique challenges to the execution of the Engagement(s) and Performance(s), and the novel nature of such Infectious Disease makes it difficult for the parties to forecast with any particularity the health and safety measures or other accommodations that may be legally required, economically feasible, socially responsible, or otherwise reasonable and appropriate at the time of a given Engagement or Performance. American Protégé and the Participant further acknowledge and agree that the health, safety, and wellbeing of all guests and participants are of paramount importance, such that it may be necessary or desirable to institute remedial or preventative measures or other accommodations not explicitly described in this Policy, but that may nevertheless alter the rights or obligations of the Participant and American Protégé. Considering the foregoing, Participant acknowledges and agrees that American Protégé, in its sole discretion and without any liability to Participant, may terminate the performance or the Recital in its entirety or institute additional requirements, restrictions, or accommodations (“Requirements”) applicable to the Engagement(s) and Performance(s), including, without limitation, Requirements affecting Performance duration or size, ticketing policies, or audience capacity, and that such Requirements shall supersede the written provisions of this Policy or the Competitions rules and correspondence exchange to the extent that a conflict arises between the written provisions of American Protégé  policies and rules and the Requirements provided pursuant to this Section. If the Recital or the Participant’s Performance are terminated in full pursuant to this Section 42, American Protégé will re-schedule the Performance to a later date. No amounts will be owed, paid, or payable by American Protégé to Participant as a result of or in connection with any actions taken by American Protégé, including termination of the Performance or imposition of any Requirements, pursuant to this Section.


By entering the Competition, Participant agrees to assume full responsibility for, and to indemnify, hold harmless and defend American Protégé and each of its trustees, directors, members, officers, employees and agents as well as any affiliated corporation, partnership, joint venture, the Hall and the City of New York (each, a “American Protégé Party”) from and against, any and all claims, demands, damages, judgments and liabilities (including, but not limited to, liabilities for penalties and reasonable attorney’s fees) of any nature whatsoever resulting from or arising out of the Participant performance at American Protégé Recitals or the activities contemplated hereby, and any Engagement, Performance or rehearsal, including, but not limited to, any claims, demands, damages, judgments and liabilities resulting from or arising out of:

a)       any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to the entrant or any other person, including personal injury, death, or property damage, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any Award, participation in the Competition and/or Recital, any breach of the Competition Rules, or in any Award-related activity;

b)      exposure to COVID-19 or any other infectious disease or illness (“Infectious Disease”) on the part of Licensee, its directors, officers, employees, agents, performers, or independent contractors, or any ticket holder or other person admitted to the Premises or the Building as part of the audience for the Engagement, Performance, rehearsal, or otherwise, or


American Protégé assumes no responsibility or liability for lost, late, unintelligible/illegible, falsified, damaged, misdirected or incomplete entries, notifications, responses, replies or any release, or for any computer, online, software, telephone, hardware or technical malfunctions that may occur, including but not limited to malfunctions that may affect the transmission or non-transmission of an audition materials. American Protégé is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, by any of the equipment or programming associated with, or utilized in the Competition or by any technical or human error, which may occur in the administration of the Competition.

American Protégé assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, audition materials.

American Protégé is not responsible for any problems, failures or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, e-mail, players, or browsers, on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, at any website, or on account of any combination of the foregoing.

American Protégé is not responsible for any injury or damage to entrant or to any computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in this Competition. Entrant assumes liability for injuries caused or claimed to be caused by participating in the Competition, or by the acceptance, possession, use of, or failure to receive any Prize. American Protégé assumes no responsibility or liability in the event that the Competition cannot be conducted as planned for any reason, including those reasons beyond the control of the American Protégé, such as infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or corruption of the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Competition and/or the Competition Website.

There will be no transfer and substitution of Awards, including Cash Awards, Prizes, Plaques, etc., except as necessary due to availability in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of the Winner.

American Protégé is not responsible and will not pay any winners’ taxes or customs fees.


By participating in each and any of the American Protégé Competitions, each participant agrees to be bound by the American Protégé Policy and specific Competition Rules, as amended, which are posted on this page and on the Competition web-page. Participant further agrees to be bound by the decisions of the American Protégé, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

The American Protégé reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any applicant found to be: (a) violating the American Protégé Policy and Competition Rules; (b) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Competition or the American Protégé Website; (c) violating the terms of service, conditions of use and/or general Policy or guidelines of American Protégé; and/or (d) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.


Winners must at all times behave appropriately when taking part in the Recital and observe the Competition Rules and any other American Protégé Policies Rules or Regulations in force at the Halls, studios and/or other locations. The American Protégé reserve the right to remove from the Hall, studio or other premises or location, any Winner and/or a person (-s) accompanying the Winner who break (-s) such rules and/or fail (-s) to behave appropriately and to disqualify such Winner.


In addition to the information below, please refer to the separate Privacy Policy Page at American Protégé’s website.

By participating in the Competition, an applicant:

grants to American Protégé the right to use his/her name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address (“Personal Information”) for the purpose of administering the Competition, including but not limited to contacting and announcing the Winner;
grants to American Protégé the right to use his/her Personal Information for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the Competition, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law.


All intellectual property, including but not limited to trade-marks, trade names, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source code, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations are owned by American Protégé and/or its affiliates. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of American Protégé is strictly prohibited.

All Applicants retains all ownership and intellectual rights to all original piece (-s). American Protégé does not have any intellectual rights to any piece (-s) submitted.


American Protégé reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to terminate the Competition, in whole or in part, and/or to modify, amend or suspend the Competition, and/or the Competition Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice.


This is the official American Protégé Policy. The Policy is subject to applicable federal and state laws and regulations. The Policy and Rules are subject to change without notice in order to comply with any applicable federal and state laws or the policy of any other entity having jurisdiction over the American Protégé. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the American Protégé Policy or the rights and obligations as between the applicant and the American Protégé in connection with any American Protégé Competition shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York including procedural provisions without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other jurisdiction’s laws. If any provision of this Policy is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.


In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of this Policy and disclosures or other statements contained in any Competition-related or Recital-related materials, including but not limited to the Competition application form, TV, print or online advertising, the terms and conditions of this Policy shall prevail, govern and control.


By entering the Competition, an applicant represents individually or in case of an ensemble, jointly, that he/she/they have read this Policy and the Competition Rules and consent to the Policy and Competition Rules.