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2020: Our First Fully VIRTUAL Biz of the Musical Theatre Biz Conference


July 24-26; and the week of July 27th

ONLINE via ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING


PITCH, PITCH, PITCH!


For the last 14 years, NMI has hosted the BIZ of the MUSICAL THEATRE BIZ Conference in Los Angeles, and attendees have paid over $500 to take part, not including airfare and hotels. Because of the current SOCIAL DISTANCING measures in place across most of the country, we have decided to bring this summer's conference to you in your own homes - completely via video conferencing. We have also managed to secure some underwriting funds so that we can bring you this exciting new ALL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE for only $175 ($125 if you sign up by June 1st!)

 

New Musicals Inc.'s eighth national conference for musical theatre bookwriters, lyricists, and composers will be our first ever ALL VIRTUAL conference designed to give participants the chance to prepare, practice, and present three-minute pitches of their new musicals to industry professionals.

The weekend will launch with a Friday evening session on the art of pitching from NMI Executive Director Scott Guy, who will call upon his many years of experience in the world of television.

Saturday's sessions will give all teams the chance to try out their three-minute pitches on NMI staff for feedback and help in making their pitches stronger and more compelling.

Sunday's sessions will give all teams the chance to practice their refined pitches on chosen industry professionals who will give constructive and specific feedback on improving the pitches.

During the week of July 27th, each participating team will be given two separate opportunties to pitch live to a group of industry professionals. Pitch sessions will be two hours long; there will be a morning and an afternoon pitch session from Monday to Friday during the week. Participating teams will be pre-assigned to specific sessions.

Following the entire process, all participating teams will be given a web page (set up by NMI staff) that will include a recorded version of their pitch; as well as more info about their show including song demos. These pages will be made available to all of the industry professionals who have taken part in the conference; as well as a much longer list of industry professionals across the country.

NOTE: A maximum of 60 participating writing teams will be able to sign up for the full conference, but we are also accepting auditors for the conference who will not get to pitch live, but will still get the opportunity to have a webpage that will be circulated to the same list of industry professionals after the conference.

Want to make sure you are extra prepared for your chance to pitch? You can also sign up for Scott Guy's PITCH BOOTCAMP prior to the conference and polish your materials in advance. (Bonus! Conference registrants receive a $100 discount on the regular Pitch Boot Camp price).

Register by June 1 to receive $50 off

REGISTER

All schedule times are in Pacfic Standard Time (PST).  The schedule of panels is subject to change.

Friday, July 24


7:00 pm to 7:30 pm     Check-in and Technical Help


7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

BASICS OF PITCHING

NMI Executive Director Scott Guy will bring his 15-years of working at Disney, NBC, and Warner Bros. into a session demonstrating what makes for compelling verbal pitches, both in the room and electronically.

Confirmed Moderator:
          Scott Guy (NMI Executive Director)



9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Virtual Reception and Introductions

All participants will get a chance to introduce themselves and deliver a 30-second elevator pitch for their project. (Each writing team will get to introduce us to one project.) NMI Staff will divide the participants into three groups for tomorrow's pitching practice.

Confirmed Moderator:
          Elise Dewsberry (NMI Artistic Director)


NMI Executive Director Scott Guy in a session from the 2018 Conference



An example of some of the technology NMI has already mastered for video conferencing.


2018 Attendees pitching to live and on-camera producers


The staged reading of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW from the 2016 Conference.



Saturday, July 25


8:30 am to 9:00 am     Morning Check-in for Additional Technical Help


9:00 am to 11:00 am

PRACTICE PITCHES – GROUP 1

The first group of teams (20 maximum) will present their three minute project pitch for the first time.



11:00 am to 11:15 am     Mid-Morning Break – Networking Break-out Rooms will be open


11:15 am to 1:15 pm

PRACTICE PITCHES – GROUP 2

The second group of teams (20 maximum) will present their three minute project pitch for the first time.



1:15 pm to 2:15 pm     Lunch Break


2:15 pm to 4:15 pm

PRACTICE PITCHES – GROUP 3

The third group of teams (20 maximum) will present their three minute project pitch for the first time.



4:15 pm to 4:30 pm     Afternoon Break – Networking Break-out Rooms will be open


4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

FEEDBACK SESSION

NMI staff will discuss and evaluate the day's pitches and give constructive feedback for strengthening the pitches for tomorrow's sessions. NMI Staff will also split the participants up into three new groups for tomorrow's sessions.




6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

POST SESSION BREAK-OUT GROUPS

Attendees are invited to "e-mingle" and get to know each other; NMI staff will set up special interest group "break-out rooms" as needed.



Sunday, July 26



10:00 am to 10:30 am

Prep for the Day

The NMI staff will prep participants for the pitching plan for the day.




10:30 am to 1:00 pm

PITCH FEEDBACK SESSION #1

All teams will present their pitch to a FEEDBACK GUEST - an industry professional who is prepared to give writers tough love about what is and isn't working in their pitch. These sessions will take place in Break-out Rooms so that each group of teams (20 teams per group) will be presenting to a different Feedback Guest in a different Break-out Room.

Confirmed Panelists:
          Michael Alden (Producer)
          Brian Graden (Producer, Brian Graden Media)
          Heather Provost (Producer)


1:00 pm to 1:30 pm     Lunch Break – Break-out Rooms will be open


1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

PITCH FEEDBACK SESSION #2

All teams will present their pitch to a FEEDBACK GUEST - an industry professional who is prepared to give writers tough love about what is and isn't working in their pitch. These sessions will take place in Break-out Rooms so that each group of teams (20 teams per group) will be presenting to a different Feedback Guest in a different Break-out Room.

Confirmed Panelists:
          Michael Alden (Producer)
          Brian Graden (Producer, Brian Graden Media)
          Heather Provost (Producer)


4:00 pm to 4:15 pm     Afternoon Break – Break-out Rooms will be open


4:15 pm to 6:00 pm

WRAP UP

A final session for the weekend in which the NMI Staff will clarify the process for taking part in the LIVE PITCH sessions during the week of July 27th - and the teams will be split up once again into five different groups. We will also clarify and answer questions about finalizing each team's own website page which will eventually contain their recorded pitch, as well as more info about their show including music demos. That webpage will be made available to all of the industry professionals who have taken part in the conference, as well as a longer list of producers, investors, and artistic directors from across the country.




6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Closing Schmooze

The NMI Staff will stick around to chat with attendees, answer questions, and clarify plans for the week to come. Below is a partial list of the industry professionals who will be attending the pitch sessions during the week of July 27 to 31.

Confirmed Panelists:
          Marleen Alhadeff (Producer, Junkyard Dog Productions)
          Michael Baron (Producing Artistic Director, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma)
          Joe Barros (Artistic Director, New York Theatre Barn)
          Roger Bean (President, Steele Spring Stage Rights)
          Jane Bergere (Producer, Jane Bergere Productions)
          Michael R. Blaha (Producer)
          Rick Boynton (Creative Producer, Chicago Shakespeare Theater)
          Victoria Bussert (Director, Music Theatre Program, Baldwin-Wallace University)
          Cate Caplin (Director/Choreographer)
          John Coppola (Director/Choreographer)
          Ken Davenport (Producer, Davenport Theatrical Enterprises)
          Mark Fleischer (Producing Director, Pittsburgh CLO)
          Sue Frost (Founding Partner/Lead Producer, Junkyard Dog Productions)
          Marco Gomez (Director, DOMA Theatre Company)
          Dana Iris Harrel (Executive Creative Director, Disney Parks Live Entertainment)
          John Holly (Producer, Holly Films)
          Robb Hunt (Executive Producer, Village Theatre)
          Ciera Iveson (New Works Director and Producer of the Festival of New Musicals, National Alliance for Musical Theatre)
          Michael Jackowitz (Founder/Managing Member, WitzEnd Productions)
          Randy Johnson (Writer/Director/Producer)
          Tim Kashani (Co-Founder, Apples and Oranges Arts)
          Joshua Katzker (PiTCH Coordinator/Artistic Associate, The Rev Theatre Company)
          Eric Keen-Louie (Producing Director, La Jolla Playhouse)
          Cody Lassen (Producer, Cody Lassen and Associates)
          Simon Levy (Producing Director, Fountain Theatre)
          Kevin McCollum (Founder and President, Alchemation)
          Tom McCoy (President, McCoy Rigby Entertainment)
          Carolyn D. Miller (Co-Founder, Creative Endeavor Office)
          John Mitchell (Producer)
          Soren Moller (Creative Director / Producer / Partner at Monday Live)
          Joey Monda (Partner, Sing Out Louise Productions)
          Brian Moreland (Producer)
          Ann-Carol Pence (Co-Founder/Associate Producer, Aurora Theatre)
          Paige Price (Producing Artistic Director, Philadelphia Theatre Company)
          Matt Quinn (Artistic Producer - Combined Artform / Executive Producer - Theater Asylum)
          James Rocco (Director, Theatrical Consultant, Writer)
          Michael Rubinoff (Producing Artistic Director, Canadian Music Theatre Project)
          Blair Russell (Associate, Show Shepherd)
          Giovanna Sardelli (Director of New Works, TheatreWorks)
          Matt Schicker (Founder and President, Show Shepherd)
          Christopher Sepulveda (Producer, Apples and Oranges Arts)
          Jana Shea (Executive Producer, Seaview Productions)
          Michael Shepperd (Director/Actor)
          Sara Skolnick (VP of Production, Stageworks Productions)
          Johnna Tavianini (Associate Professor of Musical Theatre, Ball State University)


Panelists Sheldon Epps (Pasadena Playhouse); Padraic Duffy (Sacred Fools Theatre): Matthew Quinn (Theatre Asylum); John Perrin Flynn (Rogue Machine); Jeff Loeb (Pantages Theatre) and moderator Tim Choy (Davidson & Choy Publicity at the 2016 Conference.


Producers Sheldon Epps (Pasadena Playhouse), Tim Kashani (Apples & Oranges), Ken Davenport (Davenport Theatricals), Murphy Cross, and Heather Provost (with the conference registrant’s pitches in hand) - at the 2014 conference.


NMI Staff wrapping up with attendees at the 2016 conference.


ONLINE via ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING


The 2020 Conference will take place entirely ONLINE via Zoom video conferencing. Participating teams only need to have a computer with a webcam and a connection to the internet.