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Monday, June 10, 2013

The Fred Ebb Foundation Award

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The Fred Ebb Award recognizes excellence in musical theatre songwriting, by a songwriter or songwriting team that has not yet achieved significant commercial success. The award is meant to encourage and support aspiring songwriters to create new works for the musical theatre. The prize includes a $50,000 award. In addition to the monetary prize, the Fred Ebb Foundation will produce a one-night-only showcase of winner’s work. The Fred Ebb Foundation is funded by royalties from Mr. Ebb’s vast catalogue of work. The Fred Ebb Foundation also makes an annual donation to Fred ebb’s favorite charity – Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


Each applicant must be a composer/lyricist or composer/lyricist team
wishing to create work for the musical theatre, and must not yet have achieved
significant commercial success.

Application Materials:

1. A CD of up to four songs from one or more musical theatre pieces, with
typewritten lyrics and a description of the dramatic context for each song; and

2. A completed application form.

  • •We will code the applications as they arrive. Because all submissions will be reviewed blind, please do not place name(s) of writer(s) on the CD, lyric sheets, or description of dramatic context.
  • Only musical theatre work will be considered.
  • •The applicant(s) must have written all the songs included in the submission. For example, a composer cannot submit one song with her own lyrics, and a second song with lyrics by another writer.
  • No individual may appear on more than one application. You cannot apply as an individual and again as part of a team, or as part of more than one songwriting team.

Submission Deadline and Award:

Applications will be accepted from June 3-28, 2013. 
Please mail or deliver
applications to
Fred Ebb Award
Roundabout Theatre, 231 West 39th Street,
Suite 1200, New York, New York 10018.

Mailed submissions must be
postmarked not later than June 28. The winner will be selected in November
2013, and will receive $50,000. The Foundation will also produce a one-night
showcase of the winner’s work.

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