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An Open Call For Los Angeles-Area Musicians, Storytellers, Poets and Artists Under 21 

Santa Monica, CA (February 24, 2022) – KCRW is proud to announce the inaugural Young Creators Project, an initiative that offers Los Angeles-area musicians, storytellers, poets and artists (under 21) an opportunity for their talents to be showcased on the KCRW airwaves. Video submissions will be accepted in March for musicians, April for storytelling/poetry, and May for artists. 

KCRW music and culture teams as well as industry executives will choose the best of the best to be highlighted on air and across KCRW’s social media and marketing platforms. In addition, KCRW will present AMA (Ask Me Anything) virtual events for all young creators that submit entries. For a select group of entrants, KCRW will host a virtual group critique event with KCRW staff and industry career-makers to help launch the next generation of talent. Finally, the entire initiative will culminate with a live event showcasing the best of the best in all categories at KCRW’s Young Creators Showcase in June.


  • All submissions must be entered by LA-area artists who are under the age of 21. 
  • If you’re submitting a piece with a group of people, the majority of the group must be under the age of 21.
  • Only one submission per artist. 
  • KCRW will need parental sign off to spotlight any chosen artist under 18 years old.


March — Music
Have original music you want to get out into the world? Send us a video of you performing your best song. All genres of music are welcome. Get as creative as you want with the video portion, just so long as it gives us a vibe check of your style and vision!

Submissions Open | Tuesday, March 1st at 12:00 AM PST
Submissions Close | Thursday, March 31st at 11:59 PM PDT

April — Poetry + Storytelling
Do you write and perform original stories or poetry? Send us a video of you performing your best piece. All types of poetry and storytelling are welcome! Have fun with the video aspect — we want to see your personality! 

Submissions Open | Friday, April 1st at 12:00 AM PDT
Submissions Close | Saturday, April 30th at 11:59 PM PDT

May — Art
LA artists! Give us a studio visit, won’t you?! KCRW is opening submissions for all different artistic mediums across the board. Send us your piece accompanied by an artist video statement expressing your process and what you’re hoping to get across with what you’ve created. 

Submissions Open | Sunday, May 1st at 12:00 AM PDT
Submissions Close | Tuesday, May 31st at 11:59 PM PDT


KCRW’s Young Creators Project Presents Ask Me Anything: Music Edition
Wednesday, March 16th @ 7 PM PDT on Zoom

Anne Litt | KCRW’s Program Director of Music and DJ
Anthony Valadez | Producer, DJ, Co-host of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic
Brett Gurewitz | Epitaph Records Owner & Bad Religion Founder + Guitarist
Parker Glenn | Music Agent, United Talent Agency (FKA twigs, Wizkid, Polo & Pan, Arca, Dorian Electra, Benny Sings)

KCRW’s Young Creators Project Presents Group Crit: Music Edition
Wednesday, March 30th @ 7 PM PDT on Zoom

*Exclusively for artists who have submitted pieces to the Young Creators Project. 

Chris Douridas | KCRW DJ, Founder of School Night, Music Supervisor Film & TV, Grammy-nominated music video and soundtrack producer
Novena Carmel | Musician, DJ, Co-Host of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic
KamranV  | Arts Technologist, Engineer, & Producer (Bedrock.LA, dublab, Suzanne Ciani, Beck, Patrick Gleeson, Nine Inch Nails, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Moogfest, PHONOCUT)
Cedric LeMoyne | InnerGame Management (Warpaint, jennylee, TT, Wild Belle, Natalie Bergman, Rose Of The West, Patrick Park) and Bass Player (Alanis Morissette, Gnarls Barkley, Remy Zero, O+S)


Who’s reviewing the submissions and deciding which artists will be selected?
KCRW’s music and culture teams will be reviewing all the submissions and handpicking a few artists to spotlight across our channels.

What does it mean for my work to be featured by KCRW?
Selected creators will be featured on KCRW’s socials, newsletters, website, on-air, and at KCRW’s Young Creators Showcase live in June!

Who is allowed to participate?
You must be under 21 and based in the Greater Los Angeles area (including Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties).

Does my video submission have to be a live performance or can I use pre-recorded audio?
Whatever works best for you, friend! 

What happens if my video is over 5 minutes?
Your piece will not be considered for selection by KCRW.

Am I allowed to use obscenities in my piece?
Yes, but if you are selected for an artist spotlight, KCRW will censor your piece on air per FCC guidelines. 

When and where is the Young Creators Showcase?
Details coming soon. For updates, text YOUNGCREATORS to (424) 407-3102.

How will I know if I’m selected? When will selected artists be notified?
KCRW will choose which artists to spotlight one week after submissions close. KCRW will reach out to you directly if you are selected. 

How do I register for a Virtual Group Critique?
When you submit your piece, there will be an option to RSVP to the Virtual Group Critique. 


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