The William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition is open to all artists who will be no more than 30 years old on the date of the competition, with the exception of voice contestants, who may be up to 34 on the date of the competition.

Contestants may not be represented by a manager or an agent.

Contestants may select any of the standard repertoire for their instrument and full orchestra. The 10 minute CD submitted for entrance must contain the work to be performed in the Competition.