FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Thanks so much for your interest in participating in Celebration of Music!

We’re sure you want to know all about it, so here are some frequently asked questions about the overall show and its format to help give you a better understanding.

Celebration of Music is a brand new Public Television talent series that showcases and celebrates the best young musical talent present in the U.S. today, hosted by teenage musical superstar Ethan Bortnick.

LA talent search that focuses on music and the arts without the drama! This series,is a family friendly television show and live event that promotes music and the arts in a wholesome and entertaining way.

Absolutely not! The show is completely free to enter for all contestants!

Anyone between the ages of 4-21.

All submissions are welcome. You can be in a band, group, choir, duet, or completely solo – and anything in between.

Anything that relates to Music! Whatever you feel is your best talent/talents and what you want to showcase to everyone watching you on TV. You can sing, ballroom or hip hop dance, play an instrument or do anything else that has to do with music. Be creative and show your originality. You are welcome to submit multiple videos if you have them, or just one video.

All varieties! The show is here to celebrate the very best and most diverse talent possible, so everything is welcome – rock, pop, jazz, classical, rap, Broadway and anything else you can think of (but no profanity please).

All contestants are also encouraged to be as unique, and really surprise audiences with their skills. Think Ed Sheeran on violin, a cappella Sinatra covers, or completely original songs or arrangements. We love to see new diverse takes we haven’t seen before and fusion of different music genres.

Once you’ve applied and been selected, contestants will join Ethan at their local PBS station for a fun segment in front of the cameras. They’ll answer questions, share stories, talk music/influences, and perform live in the studio for their chance to win.

The winner of each location will get to perform 1 or 2 solo numbers live on stage with Ethan at a concert in their area.

On top of that, winners will also get to record a professional single with Ethan that will go on sale on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc., as well as a possible professional entertainment contract with the show’s production/talent management company, Sun and Sky Entertainment.

Don’t worry, they get something too. In keeping with the spirit of the show (and PBS as a network), all contestants who appear on the show will get the opportunity to join Ethan live on stage for the grand finale song.

The winner is decided through TV and internet audience voting and announced live at the concert itself.

You’ll be contacted by one of our talent producers to confirm the submission after you apply, and then will hear back closer to the recording date if you’ve been selected.


Ethan Bortnick is a teenage prodigy and musical superstar. He’s an accomplished pianist, singer, songwriter, composer, actor, musician, host, and ambassador for young people everywhere.

On top of that, he’s also a world record holder and one of the youngest ever voting members of the Grammy Awards in its history. He’s performed for crowds of up to 80,000+ people and with legends the likes of Beyoncé, Smokey Robinson and Elton John, and even wrote the soundtrack to a Hollywood film – the hit, title single of which was inspired by his younger brother’s battle with heart surgery.

He’s also made multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Oprah”, “Good Morning America” and much more, and now wants to offer other amazing young people all across the U.S. that same chance at stardom – and empower you to inspire even more along the way.
Celebration of Music is a brand new talent series that showcases and celebrates the best young musical talent in America today, hosted teenage musical superstar Ethan Bortnick.
A talent-search that focuses on music and the arts, without the drama! PBS is a family-friendly network that promotes talent in a wholesome and entertainment way. This talent search will continue the PBS tradition of inspirational family programming for all ages.
Absolutely not, the show is completely free to enter for all contestants!
Anyone between the ages of 4-22.
All submissions are welcome regardless of size/artist. You can be in a band, group, choir, duet, or completely solo – and anything in between.
Absolutely! We welcome all forms of dance on the show as well.
Anything that relates to music! Whatever you feel is your best talent (or talent) and whatever you want to showcase to everyone watching you on TV.

You can sing opera or a cappella, dance ballroom or hip-hop, play instruments we’ve never seen or do anything else that’s related to music. Be creative and show your originality!

You’re welcome to submit multiple videos if you have them, or just one video – it’s all up to you!
All varieties! The show is here to celebrate the very best and most diverse talent possible, so everything is welcome – from rock or pop to jazz or classical, and even rap and Broadway. (However please, no profanity.)

All contestants are also encouraged to be as unique, and really surprise audiences with their skills. Think Ed Sheeran on violin, a cappella Sinatra covers, or completely original songs or arrangements. We love to see new diverse takes we haven’t seen before and fusions of music genres we never thought possible.
Once they’ve applied and been selected, contestants’ performances will be featured on the Celebration of Music television series as apart of our special non-studio show, with Ethan presenting a unique segment around each act and talking about each contestant.

These performances will need to be recorded by the contestants themselves and could be performed at home, in a personal studio, or anywhere else! Our producers will also work with the contestants one-on-one beforehand to help them produce the best video possible, offering advice and suggestions for how to make their talent truly shine on television!
Contestants must have a legal right to live or work in America, but any specific nationality isn’t required. They just have to be from the area itself or live within a reasonable distance.
In addition to being featured on television, the winner of the non-studio show will get to perform 1 or 2 solo numbers live on stage with Ethan at a huge concert in their area!

On top of that, winners will also get to record a professional single with Ethan that will go on sale on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc., as well as a possible professional entertainment contract with the show’s production company, Sun and Sky Entertainment.
Don’t worry, they’ll still get something too. In keeping with the spirit of the show, all contestants who appear on the show will get the opportunity to join Ethan on stage for a grand finale song to close out the show.
The winner is decided through television and online voting, and announced live at the concert itself – giving everyone at home a reason to attend.
You’ll be contacted by one of our liaising producers to confirm the submission after you apply, and then will hear back closer to the recording date if you’ve been selected.

We hope this helps answer your questions! As always, our team is here to advise and support you as best we can within the guidelines of the competition. Please feel free to reach out at any time if you have any further questions!

Sincerely,
The Celebration of Music team