Founded in 1978, the Young Artist Academy produces Hollywood’s 1st and longest-running youth awards, held in Los Angeles, CA – affectionately called the “Youth Oscars” by the Huffington Post.

For nearly half a century, the 501c3 has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment, and is dedicated to educating, protecting, and mentoring young artists.

Founded by Golden Globes Executive Maureen Dragone, the Young Artist Academy provides unique experiences and opportunities otherwise unavailable to young artists around the world:

• Academy Membership
• Peer Voting
• Ambassadorship
• Industry Introductions
• Networking Events
• Press Training
• Child Advocacy/Parent Education
• Scholarship Acting Fund

The Young Artist Academy recognizes exceptional international talent ages 5-18, each competing in separate Young and Teen categories for fairness.  In recent years new categories of recognition have become available such as Director, Writer, Producer, Music/Video, and Influencer. The academy also recognizes adult talent and alumni by bestowing special merit awards to those who have made a unique impact on entertainment. 

40 Years of Making Stars

Nearly every major Star you see today has probably been nominated at some point by the Young Artist Academy”
-Jack Tewksbury (Golden Globes)

Leonardo DiCaprio
Jennifer Lawrence
Ryan Reynolds
Regina King
Julia Roberts
Johnny Depp
Bradley Cooper
Christian Bale
Natalie Portman
Neil Patrick Harris
Scarlett Johansson
Selena Gomez
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Lisa Boet
Sarah Jessica Parker

Drew Barrymore
Winona Ryder
Mario Lopez
Michelle Pfeiffer
Jaden Smith
Emma Watson
Michelle Williams
Zac Effron
Tatyana Ali
John Stamos
Reese Witherspoon
Jody Foster
Patrick Dempsey
Katherine Heigel
Mila Kunis
Kaley Cuoco
Joaquin Phoenix

Johnny Galecki
Kirsten Dunst
Hilary Duff
Hayden Panettiere
Jake Gyllenhall
Emmy Rossum
Megan Fox
Saoirse Ronan
Emma Roberts
Miley Cyrus
Shailene Woodley
Ariel Winter
Quvenzhané Wallis
Brie Larson
Elle Fanning
Hillary Swank
Demi Lovato Lopez

Joe Solo Music + Entertainment is a multi-media, record label, publishing, artist development, and record production company. The Music Success Workshop Division works to  coach and develop rising musical talent worldwide.

CEO Joe Solo is the record producer who developed Grammy-winning Macy Gray (28 million units sold), and many other artists. He has worked as head songwriter/producer for Famous Music (Paramount’s music publishing division), Music Director for Michael Jackson, and has had his music placed in hundreds of television shows, films, commercials, and video games. Joe Solo Music+Entertainment works with top talent and studios all over the globe