In the United States there is the annual Festival of First Stage Musicals run by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre in New York, the Lehman Engels Programme of new work in Los Angeles and the New Tuners Programme at the Theatre Building in Chicago. Members of NAMT include, in the UK, Greenwich Theatre, BBC Wales, MMD, and Musical Theatre Matters (MTM:UK) and each organisation is empowered to make submissions for the annual NAMT showcases. More information will be issued by these members IF they are seeking submissions.
There is the annual NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL (NYMF) which seeks submissions each year and champions the presentation of around 30 new musicals across many theatres in the heart of New York each year. Some works are matched with New York emerging producers, some are presented by theatres/producers, and some are self-produced by the writers. www.nymf.org
Musical Theatre Matters MTM:UK is an organisation which all writers should be aware of, although it is a network for producers, creatives (directors, designers etc), administrators, and business managers working in Musical Theatre in the UK – rather than writers. It specifically excludes writer members in order to remain distinct from the work of MMD. The membership meets regularly to explore ways to nurture and develop new Musical Theatre, and the community and audience for new work in this Country. It has 150 members across the UK and since starting in 2005 it has held a successful Conference on new work, connected practitioners to allow the creation of Perfect Pitch, and established an Award programme to celebrate new work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. For more information visit www.musicaltheatrematters.org.uk
The MTM:UK Edinburgh Festival Fringe Awards were established in 2007 and allow for the reviewing of every new Musical Theatre piece being presented by professionals or aspiring professionals in Edinburgh. A shortlist is selected and assessed by a small panel of Judges and awards are then given to raise awareness of the writers and the works, and to acknowledge best practice.
For more information visit www.musicaltheatrematters.org.uk.