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Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists 2021

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Deadline: November 30, 2021

APPLY HERE

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2021 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals. Amas, which is administering the award, was the development home for several of Mr. Weinberger’s musicals, and which produced the World Premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three.

While the pandemic put a pause on in-person lab productions for, our award recipients of the past two consecutive years will finally take the stage in our spring 2022 Dare to Be Different Festival.

It was our honor to nominate our 2020 winner, Cheeyang Ng for the 2021 Princess Grace Award, which he won. Ng and colleague, Eric Sorrels, received the 2020 award for their musical MĀYĀ: the story of a struggling poet in need of an awakening, not unlike India herself.

Submissions will open in September 20, 2021 and will close in November 30, 2021. All submissions must be sent through an online application that can be found HERE. Only one submission per playwright/librettist will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced spring 2022.
Amas Musical Theatre will not ask for any fees for entry or for any fiduciary involvement

from the playwright/librettists at any point of the process.

Submission Requirements:

The musical must:

Be a full-length show (at least 80 minutes)

Have no more than seven actors (actors may play multiple roles, if so please include a suggested breakdown of role distribution)

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 (at least five songs)

Have full underlying rights clearance of any pre-existing material used in the script (music, source material, etc.)

Not have had a full production or be published in any way, even if with a different name.

What to submit

All documents must be submitted as PDF files and they should be named with the part of the submission it refers to and the title of the show in the format of PART_TITLE, i.e.: for Tea for Three; BIO_TEA-FOR-THREE, SYNOPSIS_TEA-FOR-THREE, etc.

Biography and resumes of all contractually attached people such as composer, director, producer to the project

History of the submission’s development, and any previous titles it has gone through (if applicable, maximum one page)

Brief synopsis (maximum 150 words)

Brief artistic statement on the piece itself, including all source material, inspiration, goal, message, etc. (maximum one page)

Proof of rights (if applicable)

Demo and track listings (Demo selections to be posted as a Dropbox link)

PDF document of the full-script and sheet music, if available


Guidelines for Materials

All submissions must adhere to the following or your application will be disqualified before reaching our selection committee.

PROOF OF RIGHTS

If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and/or underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured.

FULL SCRIPT

The full script must include:

Title page (which should only have the title on it and absolutely no other information)

Character breakdown (maximum one page)

The complete script with page numbers

For the anonymity of your submission, the full script and sheet music cannot include any information on playwright/ librettist or contractually attached people, previous casts, or any agents. All submissions will go through a blind evaluation process, any personal information you provide will only be available to Amas Musical Theatre staff.
Demo Tracks

The recording should be a significant representation of the songs in the show that accurately highlights the style and character of the score and lyrics.

Demo tracks should:

Include at least one song from the first 25 pages

Have at least five recordings available – they do not need to be professional or studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody, and accompaniment

Have singers of appropriate vocal types for their respective roles

Be full songs only, no medleys of spliced songs

For the anonymity of your submission, tracks cannot include any personal identifiers for playwright/librettist(s), the performers recorded, or contractually attached people.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Strange Trace Stencils 2022: Thresholds

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Deadline: August 1, 2021 11:59 EDT

Strange Trace is pleased to announce our second annual Stencils Festival! We’re seeking proposals for short (up to 20 minute) works of chamber opera to be workshopped and produced by Strange Trace throughout our 21/22 season for inclusion in the Stencils Festival, to be held in the first weekend of June, 2022. If you’re a composer, librettist, playwright, or theater-maker and you’ve got an idea for us, we’d love to hear from you!
Theme

This year, the theme for Stencils is Thresholds! We’re looking for works that creatively engage with the theme in a variety of ways—literally, figuratively, metaphorically, surreally, metaphysically, etc.—so have fun with it. A threshold can be a door, a limit, a point of no return, a place of change, a veil, a plane of transformation—we’re looking forward to seeing the imaginative ways we can represent this theme through music and theater. 

Who Can Apply

Stencils is open to anyone. Artists of all ages and nationalities are eligible to apply. Proposals can come from composers, librettists or composer/librettist teams—we use those terms as a convenience, simply meaning “music maker” and “word writer”—so even if you haven’t previously considered yourself an “opera person,” or even a traditional composer, we’d love to hear your proposal!

Artists of underrepresented identities are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants need not be in the Boston area, as there will be the possibility for fully virtual participation from composers and librettists.

We are a small, self-started company gearing up for our second season. All artists selected for Stencils will be given an honorarium. The exact amount is not yet determined, but will be communicated in writing prior to accepting the commission.

What We’re Looking For

We love theatrical works of any style. Proposals should be for works under twenty minutes. A few things to bear in mind:

The exact format of the festival is not yet set—there may be a combination of digital and live presentations (TBD pending practical and safety concerns), so proposals should have a degree of flexibility in that regard

Stencils shows will be cast from Strange Trace’s five singer/actor members

Proposals with casts of 1-3 are especially encouraged

We will work with composers/librettists on casting, but all final casting decisions will be made by Strange Trace

The instrumentation available for the festival is not yet determined, but will be set by Strange Trace before the composition process begins

Works for open instrumentation and unaccompanied works are great, too!

Piano may not be available, but our keyboard player, Greg, has an awesome variety of electronic keyboard instruments!

Use of electronics is possible, with the understanding that the composer should be able to provide us with all the tools we need

We’re looking for shows that engage with our mission and values

You may submit a work that you have already begun working on, with the understanding that it will be tailored to fit Strange Trace through the development and production process of Stencils

Our first Stencils Festival wraps up on-demand viewing July 4-6th; if you didn’t catch it, we will be posting excerpt videos on our website soon. Our website and YouTube channel include other video productions, and applicants are encouraged to take a peek and see what we’re about!
The Application and Review Process

The application process has two rounds. For the first round, please fill out the corresponding Google Form, linked below, which will collect some basic information about you and your idea. The round one form is due by August 1st (at 11:59PM EDT). Artists can apply in one of four ways:

An individual composer/librettist (one artist who will write the words and the music)

A composer and librettist team (two artists who are proposing a work together)

A composer looking to be paired with a librettist (one artist who will write the music, and would like to meet an artist to write the words)

A librettist looking to be paired with a composer (one artist who will write the words, and would like to meet an artist to write the music)

Last year, we produced works from each of those categories, so please don’t hesitate to apply if you’re looking to be paired with a collaborator!

Each application will be read by Strange Trace members, scored, and discussed in group meetings to determine which proposals move to the second round. In the second round, in addition to requesting samples of your work, we will have specific questions for your proposal which came up in our discussion from round one.

From round two, a small group of finalists will be selected for interviews, which will help us determine the shows we will produce. These interviews will be held virtually, and will be scheduled during round two of the application process. We’ll make sure you have everything you need beforehand—we just want a chance to meet you and get to know you a bit!
The Production Process

Each selected work will be paired with a Strange Trace member who will serve as the project lead, and will help guide the show through a workshop process tailored specifically to each show, which will include events like table reads and discussions, brainstorming sessions, semi-staged libretto readings, score readings, rehearsals and coachings, and eventually the production itself! While there may be some in-person participation possible, all events will be able to be fully attended virtually. Below, you’ll find a rough timeline which, while subject to change, will give you an idea of the scope of the development process.
Timeline

Please note that this is our current plan, but it is subject to change—particularly pending safety concerns. We will be very communicative about scheduling.

JULY 1st: Stencils Festival 2022 Call for Proposals opens

AUGUST 1st: Round 1 form closes at 11:59PM EDT

SEPTEMBER 1st: Proposals selected for round 2 are notified and materials are requested

SEPTEMBER 8th: Round 2 materials are due

SEPTEMBER 30th: Finalists are notified and interviews are scheduled

OCTOBER 8th: Winners are selected and notified

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER: Libretto writing and workshopping

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER: Score writing

JANUARY: Score draft reading and workshopping

FEBRUARY: Rehearsal score due

FEB/MARCH/APRIL: Music learning, rehearsals and coachings

MAY: Staging rehearsals and/or filming

JUNE: Stencils Festival!
Questions

If you have any questions about Stencils or the call for proposals, please email us at strangetraceopera@gmail.com

Monday, May 24, 2021

BMI Librettists Theater Workshop

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Deadline: June 1, 2021

Apply Online

Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics

This nine-month course explores the fundamentals of writing book for the musical theatre.

Drama Desk Award winning bookwriter Adam Mathias (he/him) unlocks the toolkit for musical theatre librettists. Through lecture, discussion, and assignments students learn how to apply the fundamentals of playwriting to the craft of creating musicals. As a class, writers deep-dive into the DNA of the musical theatre canon — from the Golden Age through today — dissecting what works and why and then applying it to their own work.

Applicants should have a book-musical project in mind to develop over the course of the year; this musical could be anywhere from an early concept to an early draft.

The course runs September through May in New York City, Covid restrictions permitting. Prospective members should live in the city or be able to commute weekly.
Librettists Workshop

After completing the Bookwriting Basics program, writers may apply to join the established Librettists Workshop group. Not all writers who apply will be invited to join.

Applicants must submit two writing samples, at least one of which must include comedic content.

Either or both samples could be:
  • a 10-page or longer excerpt from a script or other genre
  • a complete one-act
  • a full-length script

Any of these may be in-progress, produced and/or published material.

Scripts from genres other than playscripts or musical theatre scripts are also acceptable; however, theatrical comedy scenes are preferred to stand-up or sketch material.

In addition, writers must include a bio or resume.
Schedule

Musical Theatre Bookwriting Basics — Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Librettists Workshop — Mondays 6:15 - 8:15 p.m.

All sessions take place at the BMI Offices in lower Manhattan from September through May. All prospective members must arrange to live in the greater New York City area or be able to commute weekly September through May. Please do not apply if this is not possible for you.

Applications must be submitted by June 1st.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Third Annual Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists

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Deadline: November 30, 2020

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2021 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals. Amas, which is administering the award, was the development home for several of Mr. Weinberger’s musicals, and which produced the World Premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three.

Submissions will open on September 14, 2020 and will close November 30, 2020. All submissions must be sent through an online application that can be found HERE. Only one submission per playwright/librettist will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced late February-early March 2021.

Amas Musical Theatre will not ask for any fees for entry or for any fiduciary involvement

from the playwright/librettists at any point of the process.

APPLY HERE

Submission Requirements:

The musical must:

  • Be a full-length show (at least 80 minutes)
  • Have no more than seven actors (actors may play multiple roles)
  • 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 (at least five songs)
  • Have full underlying rights clearance of any pre-existing material used in the script (music, source material, etc.)
  • Not have had a full production or be published in any way, even if with a different name.
What to submit
  • All documents must be submitted as PDF files and they should be named with the part of the submission it refers to and the title of the show in the format of PART_TITLE, i.e.: for Tea for Three; BIO_TEA-FOR-THREE, SYNOPSIS_TEA-FOR-THREE, etc.
  • Biography and resumes of all contractually attached people such as composer, director, producer to the project
  • History of the submission’s development, and any previous titles it has gone through (if applicable, maximum one page)
  • Brief synopsis (maximum 150 words)
  • Brief artistic statement on the piece itself, including all source material, inspiration, goal, message, etc. (maximum one page)
  • Proof of rights (if applicable)
  • Demo and track listings (Demo selections to be posted as a Dropbox link)
  • PDF document of the full-script and sheet music, if available

Guidelines for Materials

All submissions must adhere to the following or your application will be disqualified before reaching our selection committee.

PROOF OF RIGHTS

If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and/or underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured.

FULL SCRIPT

The full script must include:
Title page (which should only have the title on it and absolutely no other information)
Character breakdown (maximum one page)
The complete script with page numbers

For the anonymity of your submission, the full script and sheet music cannot include any information on playwright/ librettist or contractually attached people, previous casts, or any agents. All submissions will go through a blind evaluation process, any personal information you provide will only be available to Amas Musical Theatre staff.

Demo Tracks
The recording should be a significant representation of the songs in the show that accurately highlights the style and character of the score and lyrics.

Demo tracks should:
Include at least one song from the first 25 pages
Have at least five recordings available – they do not need to be professional or studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody, and accompaniment

Have singers of appropriate vocal types for their respective roles
Be full songs only, no medleys of spliced songs
For the anonymity of your submission, tracks cannot include any personal identifiers for playwright/librettist(s), the performers recorded, or contractually attached people.

The Selection Process

Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by Amas Musical Theatre’s literary team. A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by a selection committee, comprised of distinguished artists and playwrights, using a blind evaluation process. Committee members will not be given any additional information beyond the title of the show, the script and the demo tracks.

Any personal information you provide in the application is seen by the Amas Musical Theatre staff only, not the selection committee. Our process is based on the quality of the work submitted.

Round 1 (September-December)
  • Our literary team reads the first 25 pages of the book and listens to the demo for any track related to these pages.
  • The team fills out evaluations for each show, which determine the submissions that continue to Round 2.
  • If selected as a finalist, the show’s application primary contact is notified via email.

Round 2 (January-March)
  • The selection committee reads the scripts in full and listens to all demo tracks submitted.
  • Committee members discuss the finalists to determine which one is best suited for the award.
  • The winner will be announced at the Amas Musical Theatre's 51st Anniversary Benefit Event in April 2020.
  • The application’s primary contact is notified and a development schedule is created with the winner.
  • We will not be able to provide feedback regarding why a particular piece was or was not selected.

The Winner
  • Will receive $2,000 to help pay for cost-of-living expenses.
  • Will receive development assistance in the 2020 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre.
  • Will have the selected show rehearsed and performed by New York theatre professionals in an Amas Lab production.
  • Must be present in New York City for the development process.
  • Must give the right of first refusal for a world premiere of the selected show that will expire 90 days after 
  • Amas Musical Theatre presents the Lab production.

APPLY HERE


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

FWO Libretto Workshop seeks submissions

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Deadline: September 14, 2020 at midnight

Frontiers: FWO Libretto Workshop is an exciting exploration of operatic storytelling, and the eighth installment of the company’s innovative new works showcase. Led by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning librettist and lyricist Mark Campbell, this two-night online event will be held in front of a live Zoom audience. While the first seven installments of Frontiers highlighted thrilling new unproduced works-in-progress, the company’s latest workshop strips away the musical elements and focusses entirely upon the text of new operas in-the-making. In addition to Mr. Campbell’s presence, FWO’s workshop will feature a distinguished panel of librettists, composers, directors, and artists, including Héctor Armienta, Nicole Brooks, Octavio Cardenas, Blythe Gaissert, Alison Moritz, Rachel J. Peters, Kelley Rourke, and Talise Trevigne.

In creating this program, Fort Worth Opera wanted to provide librettists with a platform for dramaturgical development and assure the industry and opera lovers everywhere that the storytellers within this incredible art form would not be neglected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company continues its commitment to supporting the creation of new works, and Frontiers: FWO Libretto Workshop will provide librettists with an exclusive opportunity to hone their craft. Not only will they experience passages of their libretto performed by professional actors, but they will receive real-time feedback from some of the top creative minds in opera. Librettists will also be able to obtain a recording of the Zoom workshop to assist them further in their compositional process.

This collaborative series is presented free of charge to all participating librettists and auditors. Donations of any amount are encouraged and accepted in support of Fort Worth Opera’s educational programming. Click HERE to learn more.

SUBMISSION INFO (SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED AUGUST 19 - SEPTEMBER 14, 2020)

Librettists from the Americas (citizens or residents of North, Central, and South America, as well as associated territories) are eligible and invited to submit a libretto. All application materials must be submitted electronically through the Frontiers web portal. Six libretti will be selected and showcased. Works not selected will not be automatically reconsidered for future showcases.

Submissions will be accepted through Monday, September 14, 2020, at midnight. On Tuesday, September 29, six librettists will be chosen, and the winning selections will be publicly announced. Only completed libretti will be considered. Due to the online forum of this workshop, libretti must be in English, and submissions must include a synopsis. There is no fee for submissions. Fort Worth Opera retains the right to select fewer than six works for the showcase.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

BMI Theatre Workshop 2020

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Deadlines
Composers/Lyricists: August 1, 2020.


Applicants will be notified by August 21, 2020.

Composers/Lyricists
Librettists

Application Materials
Composer: Three contrasting compositions - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.
Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format - uptempo, comedy song, ballad.
Composer/Lyricist: Three contrasting songs - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Note that if you apply as a composer and a lyricist, you will be accepted as one or the other (that is, as either a composer or a lyricist) and you will be assigned different collaborators over the course of the year. If you apply as both a composer/lyricist and a librettist and are accepted as both, you will spend your first year as a composer/lyricist only, as the two groups meet at the same time.
Auditions

Select applicants will be invited to audition in early September. Librettist are accepted on the basis of their written materials and are not required to audition.

At the auditions, composers and composer/lyricists will be asked to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists will be asked to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics. All auditions must be done live, using a piano.
Program upon Acceptance

The Workshop runs September through May in New York City. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly.

During the first year, composers and lyricists are paired off and are asked to create appropriate songs based on scenes from various sources. The writers perform their assignments, which are then discussed by the other writers and the moderators. There are analyses and discussions of current and past musicals, with an eye to understanding form and structure. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, the Workshop Committee determines which writers from the group are invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.
Schedule

The First Year Workshop meets Monday at 6:15 p.m. The Second Year Workshop meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Advanced Workshop meets Monday at 4:00 p.m.
Fees

There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Fred Ebb Award 2020

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

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:
Electronic files 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
A completed application form.

Application Guidelines:
  • All applications will be coded as they arrive. Because all submissions will be reviewed blind, please do not place name(s) of writer(s) on electronic file names, lyric sheets, or description of dramatic context. Names should only appear on the Application Form.
  • MP3, ZIP, and M4A files are preferred, but Dropbox links will be acceptable as well. Dropbox files should not have time limits.
  • Only musical theatre work will be considered.
  • Please do not submit recordings with any audience sound.
  • 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 1st – June 30th.

Please submit applications to:
fredebbfound@gmail.com

The winner will be selected in November and will receive $60,000.

Download the Ebb Award Application 2020.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists

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The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2020 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals. Amas, which is administering the award, was the development home for several of Mr. Weinberger’s musicals, and which produced the World Premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three.

Submissions open Tuesday September 17, 2019 and will close on Friday November 29, 2019. All submissions must be sent through an online application. The link may be found on our website.
Only one submission per playwright/librettists will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced at Amas Musical Theatre's 51st Anniversary Benefit Event on March 30, 2020. Amas Musical Theatre will not ask for any fees for entry or for any fiduciary involvement from the playwright/librettists at any point of the process.

Submission Requirements:

The musical must:
·         Be a full-length show (at least 80 minutes)
·         Have no more than seven actors  (actors may play multiple roles)
·         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 (at least five songs)
·         Have full underlying rights clearance of any pre-existing material used in the script (music, source material, etc.)
·         Not have had a full production or be published in any way, even if with a different name.
​​
What to submit
All documents must be submitted as PDF files and they should be named with the part of the submission it refers to and the title of the show in the format of PART_TITLE, i.e.: for Tea for Three; BIO_TEA-FOR-THREE, SYNOPSIS_TEA-FOR-THREE, etc.
1.       Biography and resumes of all contractually attached people such as composer, director, producer to the project
2.       History of the submission’s development, and any previous titles it has gone through (if applicable, maximum one page)
3.       Brief synopsis (maximum 150 words)
4.       Brief artistic statement on the piece itself, including all source material, inspiration, goal, message, etc. (maximum one page)
5.       Proof of rights (if applicable)
6.       Demo and track listings (Demo selections to be posted as a Dropbox link)
7.       PDF document of the full-script and sheet music, if available

Guidelines for Materials
All submissions must adhere to the following or your application will be disqualified before reaching our selection committee.
PROOF OF RIGHTS
If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and/or underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured.
FULL SCRIPT
The full script must include:
1.       Title page (which should only have the title on it and absolutely no other information)
2.       Character breakdown (maximum one page)
3.       The complete script with page numbers
​​
For the anonymity of your submission, the full script and sheet music cannot include any information on playwright/ librettist or contractually attached people, previous casts, or any agents. All submissions will go through a blind evaluation process, any personal information you provide will only be available to Amas Musical Theatre staff.
Demo Tracks
·         The recording should be a significant representation of the songs in the show that accurately highlights the style and character of the score and lyrics.
·         Demo tracks should:
1.       Include at least one song from the first 25 pages
2.       Have at least five recordings available – they do not need to be professional or studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody, and accompaniment
3.       Have singers of appropriate vocal types for their respective roles
4.       Be full songs only, no medleys of spliced songs
For the anonymity of your submission, tracks cannot include any personal identifiers for playwright/librettist(s), the performers recorded, or contractually attached people.

The Selection Process
Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by Amas Musical Theatre’s literary team. A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by a selection committee, comprised of distinguished artists and playwrights, using a blind evaluation process. Committee members will not be given any additional information beyond the title of the show, the script and the demo tracks.
Any personal information you provide in the application is seen by the Amas Musical Theatre staff only, not the selection committee. Our process is based on the quality of the work submitted.

Round 1 (September-December)
1. Our literary team reads the first 25 pages of the book and listens to the demo for any track related to these pages.
2. The team fills out evaluations for each show, which determine the submissions that continue to Round 2.
3. If selected as a finalist, the show’s application primary contact is notified via email.
​​
Round 2 (January-March)
1.  The selection committee reads the scripts in full and listens to all demo tracks submitted.
2.  Committee members discuss the finalists to determine which one is best suited for the award.
3.  The winner will be announced at the Amas Musical Theatre's 51st Anniversary Benefit Event in April 2020.
4.  The application’s primary contact is notified and a development schedule is created with the winner.

We will not be able to provide feedback regarding why a particular piece was or was not selected.
The Winner

  • Will receive $2,000 to help pay for cost-of-living expenses.
  • Will receive development assistance in the 2020 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre.
  • Will have the selected show rehearsed and performed by New York theatre professionals in an Amas Lab production.
  • Must be present in New York City for the development process.
  • Must give the right of first refusal for a world premiere of the selected show that will expire 90 days after Amas Musical Theatre presents the Lab production.


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Website: amasmusical.org

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Village Theatre accepting musicals

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Village Theatre accepts submissions from May 1 to August 1 each year— anyone can submit a libretto sample for consideration, provided they follow the guidelines listed below.

Full scripts will be accepted by invitation only.

Village Theatre is committed to inclusivity and encourages submissions with diverse stories, experiences, musical styles, forms, content, and points of view.

Your musical must fit these criteria:

MUSICALS ONLY - we do not accept non-musical plays, plays with music, or traditional operas;
We are seeking professional-level writers. Emerging, mid-career, and master writers are all encouraged to submit;
We do not accept children’s theatre or Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA) shows;
While we only need a sample at this time, shows must have a full-length script available upon request (at least 80 minutes);
At least 3 demo recordings must be available - they do not need to be professional/studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody and accompaniment;
All content must either be wholly original, based on work in public domain, or authors must have underlying rights and/or permissions to use any pre-existing material. No exceptions;
Your musical is still in development - no shows can have been on Broadway or licensed by a major licensing house.
We only accept digital submissions. Hard copy submissions will be returned unopened.

LIBRETTO SAMPLE INSTRUCTIONS
We ask that all open submissions submit a 15-20 page libretto sample. Full scripts will be accepted by invitation only. Please submit the 15-20 pages that will most make us want to read more. Your 15-20 page selection must be consecutive pages (ex: you may not submit pages 1-10 and 50-60) and two of your song demos must be contained within the sample pages you submit. Do not include a title page. If your script submission is longer than 20 pages total we will not review it.

SONG SELECTION INSTRUCTIONS
We ask for 3-5 songs. Please include all songs that are in your 15-20 page libretto sample. If you are able to include more songs beyond your libretto sample (without going over 5 songs) please choose the songs that most represent the show and your skill as a writer. ALL RECORDINGS MUST INCLUDE BOTH ACCOMPANIMENT AND VOCALS. NO INSTRUMENTALS ONLY. NO ACAPELLA ONLY. (Unless the show is intended to be performed acappella)

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

BMI Theatre Workshop

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Deadlines
Composers/Lyricists: August 1, 2019.

Applicants will be notified by August 21, 2019.

Composer: Three contrasting compositions - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format - uptempo, comedy song, ballad.

Composer/Lyricist: Three contrasting songs - uptempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score which includes lyrics.

Note that if you apply as a composer and a lyricist, you will be accepted as one or the other (that is, as either a composer or a lyricist) and you will be assigned different collaborators over the course of the year. If you apply as both a composer/lyricist and a librettist and are accepted as both, you will spend your first year as a composer/lyricist only, as the two groups meet at the same time.

Auditions
Select applicants will be invited to audition in early September. Librettist are accepted on the basis of their written materials and are not required to audition.

At the auditions, composers and composer/lyricists will be asked to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists will be asked to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics. All auditions must be done live, using a piano.

Program upon Acceptance
The Workshop runs September through May in New York City. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly.

During the first year, composers and lyricists are paired off and are asked to create appropriate songs based on scenes from various sources. The writers perform their assignments, which are then discussed by the other writers and the moderators. There are analyses and discussions of current and past musicals, with an eye to understanding form and structure. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, the Workshop Committee determines which writers from the group are invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.

Schedule
The First Year Workshop meets Monday at 6:15 p.m. The Second Year Workshop meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Advanced Workshop meets Monday at 4:00 p.m.

Fees
There is no fee to apply for or participate in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Village Theatre Musicals

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Village Theatre (Everette WA) accepts submissions from June 1 to August 3 each year— anyone can submit a libretto sample for consideration, provided they follow the guidelines listed below. Full scripts will be accepted by invitation only.

Village Theatre is committed to inclusivity and encourages submissions with diverse stories, experiences, musical styles, forms, content, and points of view.

Your musical must fit these criteria:

MUSICALS ONLY - we do not accept non-musical plays, plays with music, or traditional operas;
We are seeking professional-level writers. Emerging, mid-career, and master writers are all encouraged to submit;

We do not accept children’s theatre or Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA) shows;

While we only need a sample at this time, shows must have a full-length script available upon request (at least 80 minutes);

At least 3 demo recordings must be available - they do not need to be professional/studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody and accompaniment;

All content must either be wholly original, based on work in public domain, or authors must have underlying rights and/or permissions to use any pre-existing material. No exceptions;

Your musical is still in development - no shows can have been on Broadway or licensed by a major licensing house.

We only accept digital submissions. Hard copy submissions will be returned unopened.

LIBRETTO SAMPLE INSTRUCTIONS
We ask that all open submissions submit a 15-20 page libretto sample. Full scripts will be accepted by invitation only. Please submit the 15-20 pages that will most make us want to read more. Your 15-20 page selection must be consecutive pages (ex: you may not submit pages 1-10 and 50-60) and two of your song demos must be contained within the sample pages you submit. Do not include a title page. If your script submission is longer than 20 pages total we will not review it.

SONG SELECTION INSTRUCTIONS
We ask for 3-5 songs. Please include all songs that are in your 15-20 page libretto sample. If you are able to include more songs beyond your libretto sample (without going over 5 songs) please choose the songs that most represent the show and your skill as a writer.

Friday, May 22, 2015

BMI Librettists Workshop

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The Workshop’s goal is to develop the skills unique to musical theatre bookwriters through round-table presentations and critiques of its members’s ongoing musical theatre scriptwriting projects. Current and past musicals are analyzed and discussed – the successes as well as the failures. Librettists are encouraged to team with BMI Workshop composers and lyricists for actual collaboration on new musicals. The Workshop is moderated by veteran Broadway and Off-Broadway literary manager Nancy Golladay.

Accomplished writers in all genres are invited to submit excerpts from works published, produced or in progress. Samples from any medium, dialogue or narrative, are allowed; but at least 10 pages of the material must be in dramatic script form. Submissions must also include at least one sample of comedy writing, and theatrical scenes in this genre are preferred to stand-up or sketch comedy. The Workshop meets Monday evenings in New York City from September through May. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly. The Workshop does not charge membership or application fees.

The application form can be downloaded here. Electronic submissions are preferred, though information for applying via snail-mail can also be found on the application. Application materials such as bios and script samples can be sent as .pdf or .doc files to librettistworkshop@bmi.com. Writers should be sure that your first initial and last name appear on each page of your support materials.

The 2015 application deadline for the Librettist Workshop is June 1.

Friday, January 17, 2014

NYC based classical composer seeks playwright to create libretto for new opera

Classical composer is seeking a playwright to create a libretto for a new opera.  Opera will be based on a real life small American community responding to the aftermath of a natural disaster.  This new work will be submitted for consideration for a grant, no later than February 9th.

Looking for a playwright to write a libretto for one short scene (5-10 minutes) for consideration of the grant.  If funding is secured, we would proceed with the entire opera, and librettist would receive $700 honorarium.  Opera would receive premiere in a NYC concert venue TBD.

Please email inquiries and a PDF of any relevant sample of work to:  lauren.buchter@gmail.com no later than Friday January 24th 2014

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