2019 auditions will be held on November 10 and 11 in New York. 


About The Sullivan Foundation

The Foundation seeks exceptionally talented young singers who are still taking early steps, but, in the judgment of the screening panel, show promise for significant careers. Applicants must have completed their academic training, should have sung at least one professional engagement with full orchestral accompaniment, and must have a contract for a professional engagement with full orchestral accompaniment that opens after the audition dates.

The next Sullivan Foundation auditions will be held in New York City on November 10 and 11. Applicants must be available one of those two dates (no callbacks). Winners will receive Sullivan Awards, which were $10,000 in 2018, and the panel may also award smaller Career Development Grants. Winners are eligible for additional Role Preparation Grants to prepare new roles for the next five years. 

Click through to the online application below. All materials, including the letter of endorsement, must be received by September 10 for applications to be considered. For more information, visit sullivanfoundation.org or contact us at info@sullivanfoundation.org.

Please provide the following information. Required fields are marked with a red *. It is your responsibility to ensure the application is complete, including the attached files, the video sample, and the reference letter from your endorser. Please note that your endorser will receive a link to upload the confidential reference letter only after you submit the online application, so we recommend submitting the rest of your application well before the deadline.  Endorsers cannot be current or former teachers, coaches, or managers. Applications with invalid letters will be considered incomplete.

New video requirement: singers must submit video of two arias in contrasting styles and languages performed with piano accompaniment and recorded within twelve months of the application deadline. Recordings should be made with one fixed camera and without acoustical enhancement or amplification. Each selection should be filmed in a single take. Videos should show the singer in full view from the audience’s perspective, and the singer’s face should be completely visible. The name of the singer and the title and composer of each aria must be included in the video. The application form includes options for providing URLs (preferred) or uploading files.

All materials, including the endorsement letter, must be received by Tuesday, September 10 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time). Incomplete applications cannot be considered. You may save an incomplete application as a draft and finish it later, but your application will not be reviewed until you hit the submit button. If you wish to make changes or additions to your application after you have submitted it, you may request the application be opened for editing by emailing info@sullivanfoundation.org. The revised application must be received before the deadline.

If your application is accepted, you will be notified by email no later than October 1. You must be available to audition in New York on November 10 or 11, 2019. There are no callbacks. If you have questions, please ask for help at info@sullivanfoundation.org.

Sullivan Foundation