One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is: “I’ve written a musical, what do I do with it now?”
My most common response is: “Submit it to a musical theater festival or developmental program.”
Here’s why… Submitting your show to a festival or development program allows you not only to have your musical read by key industry folks but, if you are fortunate enough to be selected, you get a great (FREE!) opportunity to work on your show. There is no reason not to apply and the feedback you receive, whether you’re selected or not, will be invaluable as you determine next steps for your musical.
There are many fabulous new musical programs around the country and I will continue to let you know about upcoming deadlines throughout the year. Here are two excellent opportunities with fast approaching deadlines.
The American Theater Wing’s Jonathan Larson Grant
Deadline: September 14th, 2012
The Jonathan Larson Grants recognize and support emerging composers, lyricists and book writers. Recipients of the grant receive an unrestricted cash grant, a public performance of their work in spring 2013, and an invitation to participate in a residency at the Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab in Washington State for the summer of 2013.
Apply here: http://americantheatrewing.org/larsongrants/guidelines.php
CAP 21 Writers Residency
Deadline: August 31, 2012
The CAP21 Writers Residency is a two-week space residency in New York City for musical theater writers. Three times per year, 8-15 writers and/or writing teams are selected and provided with studio space and a piano to work on new material.
Apply here: http://www.cap21.org/cap21/company/new-works/
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