Since 1978, the Young Artist Academy™ hosts Hollywood's oldest youth awards show each summer. Affectionately called the "Youth Oscars" by Huffington Post, the Academy has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood over the last 40 years, and is the only youth awards to be structured the same as major Hollywood guilds.
By using the same business model as Hollywood’s foremost Awards organizations, the Academy aims to prepare each young artist for acceptance into those adult counterpart organizations - complete with Academy Membership and Peer Voting,
For over 40 years, the Academy has recognized exceptional talent in entertainers from ages 5-18, and continues to offer exclusive industry connections, networking, press training, protection education, academy references, and publicity opportunities for young artists on the rise.
YAA has honored a multitude of young artists who have continued on to successful adult careers, becoming household names in the entertainment industry. Some notable examples include:
Neil Patrick Harris
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Sarah Jessica Parker