Welcome to the 2018 San Diego
Ben Vereen Awards

The San Diego Ben Vereen Awards (BVA) is a unique scholarship competition for talented high school students who have chosen to pursue a career in Musical Theatre. Participating schools/shows will be adjudicated for potential nomination in three categories, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical.
Up to 30 high schools with eligible productions from San Diego County public and private high schools will be accepted to compete in the 2018 San Diego Ben Vereen Awards. Schools/Shows will be accepted on a first come first served basis, so please apply early. We are also the local branch of the Jimmy Awards, also known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA) in New York, which gives contestants the opportunity to compete on a Broadway stage for chance at $10,000 towards a college scholarship.
The application deadline for Fall Semester productions is October 31, 2017. Fall Semester productions must take place between September 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. The application deadline for Spring Semester productions is January 31, 2018. Spring Semester productions must take place between January 1, 2018 and April 29, 2018.
Nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Musical, will be announced in Mid-May. The 2018 San Diego Ben Vereen Awards on stage competition event will take place on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego. The 2018 Application, Invoice, and Rules and Guidelines and other useful information are all available as downloads on the “How to Apply” page of this website.