Saturday, July 23
8:30 am to 9:00 am Breakfast Networking
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Know the LAW
This was a frank, insiders’-only Q&A with entertainment attorneys. Participants were able to ask whatever was on their minds: copyright; obtaining rights to musicalize movies or books or people’s lives; collaboration agreements; licensing agreements; posting your work on the internet, etc. This panel was, as usual, one of our most popular (and…with attorneys’ fees pushing $500-$800 an hour…worth the price of the conference all by itself!).
10:30 am to 11:00 am Mid-Morning Networking
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Know the MARKET
HAMILTON's changed everything, right? Hip-hop, multi-racial casting, new audiences! This panel examines diversity in musical theatre: how does it affect you as a writer? Does it affect your choice of topics and themes; does it affect the characters you write; does it affect how your musical will be cast? How can you be a part of making musical theatre reflect the diverse face of the nation?
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Network Lunch
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Know your HOSTS and FELLOW WRITERS
This was a great chance for attendees to introduce themselves, and to find out about the other folks they were spending the weekend with. Also, New Musicals Inc. staffers answered questions about the organization running the BIZ Conference. How do we develop musicals? What are we looking for? How can you get involved?
2:30 pm to 3:00 pm Mid-Afternoon Networking
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Know the FUNDING
How do you find money to produce your musical? How do you get a commercial producer involved? Should you invest your own money? What about crowdfunding like Kickstarter and Indiegogo? We covered both traditional and social-media-centric ways of finding funding, getting advice straight from the source: producers, investors, crowdfunders.
Confirmed Moderator: John Mitchell (Chief Executive Officer, Art & Commerce Productions Inc.)
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm Coffee Networking
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Know the WINNERS
Other folks just like you got their musicals produced -- what did THEY do? We heard the inside story from folks who have done it and lived to tell the tale.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm DINNER ON YOUR OWN
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Concert of Conference Musicals
Two new musicals written by conference participants received staged-reading presentations of excerpts; followed by a feedback session with NMI staffers and guest.