musical theatre writers' RESOURCE CENTERproducers, agents, theatres, contests, ideas, workshops, feedback, definitions, links and advice
BOOKWRITERS, LYRICISTS, & COMPOSERS
Here’s a vast source of producers, agents, theatres, contests, ideas, workshops, feedback, links and advice. A lot of it is FREE. Subscribers get additional perks, like the ability to SORT for contests or theatres which exactly match you or your musical. Or NMI staff’s insider suggestions about hundreds of ideas and stories from years of research in public domain libraries. Or the chance to connect with potential musical theatre collaborators around the country. On this page, we’re displaying just a few samples of the resources you can access. If you want to see complete listings, just click the links.
INSIDER TIPS AND ADVICE
How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog #8- SHOW DON’T TELL
The eighth post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise … This video talks about the old adage “SHOW don’t TELL” and how it applies to musicals. To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at http://nmi.org/nmi-resources/elises-video-blog/
April 6, 2018 How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog #7- OUTLINE RULES
March 14, 2018 How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog #6- STRUCTURE PART 2
February 7, 2018 How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog #5- STRUCTURE PART 1
January 19, 2018 Small Craft Warnings: Hearing the important voice in an ensemble
January 3, 2018 How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: #4 – Narrative Point of View
FREE LISTING of hundreds of contests for plays and musicals.
Premium Subscribers: get the additional ability to search by keywords. Who’s running contests for ten-minute musicals or one-acts? Who’s looking just for musicals? Dramas? Comedies? Or search by special interest, or geography.
|Here are some random samples from some upcoming contests/submissions listings:
FREE ACCESS to a library of 400+ downloadable royalty-free stories, plays, plots and other inspiring stuff we’ve found in the public domain for you. There’s a brief excerpt of every item in the library, so you can take a quick glance to see if you want to read the whole thing or not. In addition, the NMI staff has made annotations and recommendations for many of the titles in the library about their potential to become musicals. Save hundreds of hours of research and reading!
Premium Subscribers: get the ability to search the library for genre (Comedy, drama, suspense, ghost story, fairy story, etc.).
Here are some random samples from our listings of story ideas in the public domain:
Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:
You may peruse the Writer Bank for potential collaborators.
If you are a logged-in registered (free) user, you are also welcome to enter your own information into the Writer Bank.
Not yet registered? Just look for the registration form at the bottom of this page.
Premium Subscribers receive a monthly email that lists upcoming contest deadlines; the newest members of the Writer Bank, some sample public domain ideas; as well as some fun musical theatre trivia like random lyric quotes, pictures from the archives, and listings of things that happened in the musical theatre world during this same month in the past. We know that it's not always easy to remember to come back to the Resource Center to remind yourself of what contest deadlines are coming up soon - so this newsletter will come to YOU.
FREE ACCESS right now; just register with us and pay no fees. But for $50 a year, Premium Subscribers get all the extra stuff listed on this page. Here’s a summary of the additional perks for Premium Subscribers:
Free v. Subscription?
|Idea library||√||Custom search; recommended titles|
|Glossary of Terms||√||√|
|Creative Services||–||$50-$400 off|
|Online courses||–||$50 off|
Want to SEE a musical? Live — or on the internet?
Are you looking to see listings of useful musical theatre related links? Visit The Front Row, a page we’ve loaded chock-full of FREE links, info, and videos.
What’s inside the Resource Center?
Inside the musical theatre writer’s RESOURCE CENTER you’ll find links to:
- hundreds of musical theatre contests
- over 700 theatres and producers where you can submit your work
- an idea library of hundreds of royalty-free public domain stories and plots
- a Writer Bank of potential musical theatre collaborators
You can see the full listings for FREE! You just need to register. We also offer a paid Premium version of the Resource Center which gives you the ability to SEARCH all the listings for contests, theatres, and ideas which are relevant to you and your work; and includes a monthly e-newsletter with up-to-date listings that come straight to you. Take a look at some random highlights from the feature boxes of the Resource Center below.
FREE LISTINGS of nearly 700 producers and theatres for potential submission of your work.
Premium Subscribers: get the additional ability to search by keyword or genre to identify who’s most likely to be interested in YOUR musical. (Large/small; comedy/drama; full-length/one-act; special interest like “women” or “LGBT” or youth theatre, etc.)
Here are some random samples from our listings of theatres and producers:
Here are some samples from our Glossary of definitions of musical theatre terms. We will be adding to this over time - as well as adding actual sample scores and sound recordings. Check back often!
|The Resource Center is a very powerful clearinghouse of information and source material. But what it does NOT include are workshops, feedback, advice on how to get produced, or classes, all of which have some fees involved.
However, premium subscribers to the Resource Center get discounts on our services, ranging from $50-$400. Here are some links to pages describing how New Musicals Inc. supports writers and composers of new musical theatre:
|New Musicals Inc. Creative Services — Script Analysis, workshops, table readings, concerts. You’ll also find here some options about developing your musical. (Hint: look at “The Sandbox” — and create your own pathway according to your budget and timetable.)
PREMIUM Subscribers get up to $400 off.
|Consulting/Advice — We’re known for our supportive, practical consultations on producing, raising money, putting together budgets, as well as artistic issues like music notation, script doctoring, etc.
PREMIUM Subscribers get $50 off.
|WritingMusicalTheatre.com — Online classes in the craft of writing musical theatre. Labs on outlining, bookwriting, lyrics, composition, etc.
PREMIUM Subscribers get a $50 discount off any course.
|Format Guidelines — Want your script and score to look as professional as possible when making submissions?
PREMIUM Subscribers get our infamous GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONAL SCRIPT AND SCORE FORMATTING - ILLUSTRATED & EXPLAINED (a $15 value) for FREE.
Random quote from our Lyric Library:
Somethin’ made him the way that he is,
Somethin’ made him the way that he is,
--Oscar Hammerstein II