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National Alliance for Musical Theater 2023 34th Annual Festival


Deadline: December 20, 2022


All writers are eligible to submit an application free of charge, and we no longer require an endorsement by an industry professional to submit. Please review below for full details on the application process.

Please note: NAMT does not accept submissions outside of this process. Please follow the instructions below to submit a musical for the Festival. Materials received outside of the Festival submission process will not be reviewed.

STEP 1: Is Your Show Eligible?
STEP 6: If You're Selected

Now in its 35th year, NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals is the cornerstone of NAMT’s mission to be a catalyst for nurturing musical theatre development and production. Every year, we feature eight musicals in short presentations for an audience of over 700 industry professionals. We look for new musicals at all stages of development from the broadest possible range of voices.

In the short run, the Festival’s goal is to connect producers with writers, so that our shows can extend their development trajectory. The long-term goal is to expand the musical theatre repertoire and advance the musical theatre art form.

Our 35th Annual Festival of New Musicals will take place on October 26 and 27, 2023.

The objectives of the Festival are to:
Showcase quality new musicals with a wide range of subject matter, style and concept
Nurture composers, lyricists and book writers of all identities and backgrounds
Stimulate networking opportunities for NAMT Members and theatre professionals
Provide a forum to spark new collaborations and ventures
Encourage future productions of new musicals

We never take any royalties from our writers or ask them to pay for their participation in the Festival. The Festival is funded solely through sponsorships, grants and donations contributed by government agencies, foundations, organizations and individuals.
Step 1: Is Your Show Eligible?

Any new musical can be submitted for consideration as long as it meets the criteria below.

The musical must…
  • Be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions.
  • Have a demo that is an accurate representation of the music and style of the show.
  • Have full underlying rights clearances for any pre-existing material used (music, source material, etc.) in the script.
  • Be ready for readings, workshops and/or productions at the time of submission and available for performance in October 2022 at the Festival.
  • The musical cannot…Already be licensed through a professional licensing house.
  • Have been produced on Broadway. [Shows that have had readings, workshops and/or productions (including regional or Off-Broadway) are still eligible.]
  • Have already been submitted to the Festival three times. Each show can only be submitted three times for review by the committee.
  • Have been presented as one of our main presentations at a Festival (excludes shows presented as part of our complementary programming including concerts and showcases).
In addition, the writers must be available for the Festival and all rehearsals.

Still have questions? Check out the Eligibility FAQ.
Step 2: Compile Your Information

Please note the following deadlines for the 34th Annual Festival of New Musicals:December 20, 2022.

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