How do I become a YA?

International citizens must audition to become a member of our performance company. Potential Young Americans, ages 17 to 21, who reside outside of the U.S., please fill out our Video Audition Form to provide your information and video link. Videos should be no more than 5 minutes in length and can be posted to YouTube or Vimeo. Please include a short introduction and 32 measures of any song acapella (without music). You may also prepare a short dance routine, play an instrument, or perform a monologue. Additional questions can be answered by contacting us at .

What happens if I am accepted as a member?

Those accepted into YA must first complete the training program at our California campus. Each new training begins in August and lasts 9 months. The training program is designed to prepare new members of The Young Americans for participation as a performer with The Young Americans’ International Music Outreach Tours. The training program is completed during the first year and works on developing performance techniques, teaching techniques and artistic growth. After you have successfully completed the training, you are then eligible for placement as a volunteer performer on International Music Outreach Tours in the USA as well as around the world.

How much does YA training cost?

The Music Outreach Training Program costs $7,690 USD for the first year. If international members continue to be a part of The Young Americans organization, the membership fee is $3,750 USD for the second year and then $150 per year in subsequent years.

What visa do I need to train in the Young Americans program?

International citizens must apply for a visa to be in the U.S.A. for more than 90 days. Because all members of The Young Americans are volunteers and because international members are not eligible to attend our College, work visas and student visas do not apply. Section 101(a)(15)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act states: 

an alien (other than one coming for the purpose of study or of performing skilled or unskilled labor or as a representative of foreign press, radio, film, or other foreign information media coming to engage in such vocation) having a residence in a foreign country which he has no intention of abandoning and who is visiting the United States temporarily for business or temporarily for pleasure.The Department of State’s regulations at 9 FAM 41.31 N13 define pleasure to include “tourism or family visits, medical reasons, participation in social events, armed forces dependents, dependents of crewmen, short courses of study, and amateur entertainers and athletes.”

This means that international members of The Young Americans must use the B-2 Visitor’s Visa to train in the U.S.A. as an amateur entertainer. The Young Americans will provide a letter of invitation with important details regarding your training such as your expected arrival and completion dates, your financial independence, and the purpose of our training program.

Once I get my visa, how long can I stay in the U.S.A.?

The visa explains your purpose of entry to the U.S.A. for anywhere from 1-10 years. Upon arrival in the U.S.A., Border Patrol representatives will confirm your information to ensure that you are here for valid reasons and then stamp your passport and I-94 document with an expiration date. This date is typically 6 months from the date of your arrival. We highly recommend you plan to return home for the 2-week Christmas break in December during your training time. This means that before the date of expiration, you must depart the U.S.A. for a short time. Upon your return, as long as your visa and reasons for being here are still valid, you should receive a new stamp with a new expiration date. This typically works well in conjunction with breaks in the training program for the holidays.

Where will I live during my training?

The Young Americans offer housing to members in an apartment complex next to our offices. The lease for the first year of training is for 9 months, from the end of August until the end of May. Rent may be paid either upfront at a cost of $4,900 USD or on a monthly plan at a cost of $575 USD per month. Monthly utilities are also charged for electricity, water, gas and trash. Average utility costs are $80 per tenant per month. Members must also provide their own food.

Will I get paid during Young Americans performances or workshops?

No, all members of The Young Americans are volunteers. The Young Americans is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Interested in auditioning for The Young Americans? Here’s How!

Submit a Video

For those potential Young Americans who cannot audition in person or who reside outside the U.S., please fill out our video audition form to provide your information and video link. Videos should be no more than five minutes in length and can be posted to YouTube or Vimeo. 

Please prepare 32 bars of a song, any style, a capella (without music or accompaniment). You may also include a short dance routine, play an instrument, or perform a monologue. Videos should be no more than 5 minutes in length and should include a brief introduction.

Audition Notifications for the Fall of 2017

All candidates will be sent an email notification of their audition results.

  • Auditions received before October 15, 2016: Notifications will be sent by October 31, 2016
  • Auditions received between October 16 and December 31, 2016: Notifications will be sent by January 15, 2017
  • Auditions received between January 1 and March 25, 2017: Notifications will be sent by March 31, 2017