The National Alliance for Musical Theatre will produce its 25th annual Festival of New Musicals in October 2013.
The National Alliance for Musical Theatre will produce its 25th annual Festival of New Musicals in October 2013.

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre is accepting applications for its 25th annual Festival of New Musicals to take place in October, 2013. They are looking for “great new musicals that represent the exciting diversity and breadth of the future of musical theatre.” To apply, writers need a letter of endorsement from a NAMT member, a professional theatre org, a commercial producer or an agent. More info on deadlines and a link to the app after the jump.

FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 17 & 18, 2013 at New World Stages

December 5, 2012 - The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) is accepting submissions for its 25th Annual Festival of New Musicals taking place in New York City at New World Stages on October 17 and 18, 2013.  Submission information and the online application are available at   NAMT is looking for great new musicals that represent the exciting diversity and breadth of the future of musical theatre.

Any writer may apply, as long as the submission includes a Letter of Endorsement from a NAMT member, another professional theatre organization, commercial producer or an agent.

Submission Deadlines: (postmark)

January 15, 2013: Non-NAMT member professional theatre organizations and theatrical agents

February 12, 2013: NAMT member theatres and Festival Alumni Writers

NAMT will host two Festival Submission Q&A sessions for any writers or producers interested in submitting shows.  These sessions will be hosted by Festival Producing Director Branden Huldeen who will walk through the application process with the attendees and provide tips to a successful submission. To RSVP, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and your preferred session from the options below:

Monday, December 17, 4pm-5pm at Playwrights Horizons (416 W. 42nd Street)

Wednesday, January 8,  6:30pm-7:30pm at CAP21 (18 W. 18th Street, 5th floor).

The eight shows selected for the Festival will receive fully funded 45-minute professional readings for an industry-only audience of over 600 people.  The writers will also each receive an honorarium for being selected for NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals.

“In our milestone 25th year, we are excited to continue presenting great new musicals of all shapes, sizes, themes and tones and at all stages of development," said Festival Producing Director Branden Huldeen.  "Our new musicals move on to delight and inspire audiences around the world thanks to the dedication of our industry-only audience and our members.  After 211 shows, we have only just begun to ensure that there will be great new musicals entering the the canon for many more anniversaries to come."

NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals is the cornerstone of NAMT’s mission to nurture the creation, development and production of new musicals.  NAMT’s Festival brings theatre professionals from across the world together for an industry-only event to discover eight new musicals over two days. Since 1989, the Festival has presented 211 musicals by 410 writers, and 75% of these shows have found subsequent productions, tours and licensing agreements as a direct result of the Festival.

The FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS is funded entirely by contributions to the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, a not-for-profit organization, and is supported in part by a generous award from the National Endowment for the Arts and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Betsy King Militello, Executive Director

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre, founded in 1985, is a national service organization dedicated exclusively to musical theatre. Our mission is to advance musical theatre by nurturing the creation, development, production and presentation of new musicals, and to provide a forum for musical theatre professionals to share resources and exchange information. Our 160 members, located throughout 32 states and abroad, are some of the leading producers of musical theatre in the world and include theatres, presenting organizations, higher education programs and individual producers.

Among the over 200 musicals launched by NAMT's annual Festival of New Musicals are Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Children of Eden, Honk!, Songs for a New World, I Love You Because, Striking 12, Vanities, Ordinary Days and many others, representing over 400 writers.

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