Brevard's Got Music Talent

Finalists in the 2018 'Brevard's Got Music Talent' competition pose during the last performance. Two winners tied for first place: Nailah Clarke, 12, on piano and Dana Alward, 17, clarinet.

BREVARD COUNTY — Young musicians who are passionate about their craft are encouraged to audition for the 11th annual “Brevard’s Got Music Talent” competition hosted by the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard.

Open to youth between the ages of 10 and 19 years of age, musicians and vocalists will have the opportunity to compete for prize money. Those under 18 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian to participate.

Auditions are scheduled to take place during the weekend of Jan. 18-19 at Friendship Fellowship at Pineda, 3115 Friendship Place, Rockledge.

The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide assistance and support to creative artists in the county, whether they are interested in music, drama, dance, literature and visual arts. The nonprofit also offers grants to the financially disadvantaged.

Those interested in auditioning must prepare a solo piece, and may use a piano accompanist or CD back-up.

“They’re being evaluated on their musical acuity, any kind of instrument is welcome,” said Marshall Frank, vice president of Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard. “We’ve had bassoonists, we’ve had xylophones in the past, and the majority of musicians are pianists, violinists, singers and cellists. If somebody comes in and plays the piccolo, we’ll be glad to evaluate them.”

The top 10 finalists will move on to compete in front of a panel of judges on Sunday, March 22 before performing in front of an audience the following week on March 29 at Advent Lutheran Church in Suntree.

Award money will be presented to the top four finalists as follows:

  • $1,500 first place
  • $750 second place
  • $400 third place
  • $150 fourth place

Additionally, each of the finalists will receive a small sum of award money, and the first place winner will be invited to perform with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in 2021.

“Many young students of music come from a not well-to-do family, and when you get $1,500 as a prize, even $750 as a prize, that’s a big sum of money,” Mr. Frank said. “Many of these young kids are moving on to audition for some colleges, and it helps with their travel and audition fees.”

One such example was a musician named Sonya Belaya, who previously won the Brevard’s Got Music Talent competition. She attended the competition, following her win a year later, and shared with audiences how much the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard assisted her.

“Sonya was able to travel to Michigan and New York, audition at three different colleges, and got a four-year scholarship at Michigan University,” Mr. Frank said. “She said this would never have happened if it wasn’t for the help rendered to her from our foundation. That’s what we’re here for.”

A $15 fee must be submitted with the application form, which can be found on the nonprofit’s website. Finalists must be able to perform on both March 22 and 29.

For more information, visit www.cafob.org.

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