NMI Offers Online Programs for Musical Writers

by Carol de Giere on June 7, 2017

Scott Guy at NMI conference

PHOTO: Scott Guy, NMI Executive Director, presents musical tips for musical writers at the Biz of Musical Theatre Biz conference. 

One of the powerhouses for new musicals today is New Musicals Inc, known as NMI, based in North Hollywood, California. Their leaders think broadly, often making plans to include writers from around the world by way of online programs. Here are some of the latest offerings:


Registration closes June 21, 2017 for a new two-week, all online conference scheduled for July 10-27, 2017. Focusing on the craft of writing musicals, participants will get the chance to write, collaborate, receive critiques, rewrite, attend lectures remotely, and see their works presented in a concert in front of an audience.

“We’re designing this conference to take place entirely online,” explains NMI’s Executive Director Scott Guy, “So writers can participate from anywhere in the world. We have the capability of including as many as 24 simultaneous video streams, but lectures will be recorded, in case time zones are an issue.”

Cost $450 with a $30 discount for Musical Writerzine subscribers. (Please mention the Musical Writerzine when you contact them.) Participation is limited and by invitation only. To be considered for the conference and for more details, please email admin@nmi.org (This event is co-produced by the Academy for New Musical Theatre.)

BIZ OF MUSICAL THEATRE BIZ Conference is now Online!

An online version of last summer’s Biz of Musical Theatre Biz conference is now available. It features 19 videos with highlights from many of the conference panels. These focus on business issues such as contracts, fundraising, copyright, how to approach producers (and how not to approach producers).

  • Ken Davenport: One of the keynote speakers of the 2016 conference was Broadway and off-Broadway producer Ken Davenport who offered practical advice, insights and strategies to writers about producing, fundraising and marketing new musicals. The online conference excerpts five of Davenport’s hottest topics, and two “case studies” from among conference participants he advised for everyone to hear.
  • Legal Topics: Entertainment attorneys Gordon Firemark and Michael Blaha provided thousands of dollars’ worth of advice about the legal aspects of musical theatre including topics such as collaboration agreements, permissions and rights, and merger.
  • Approaching Producers: Online viewers will have missed the live opportunity to present their musicals directly to producers; but two of the online videos are from the panel with producers giving advice how to approach them. Producers Daniel Henning, Michael Blaha, and Michael Michetti represent the Blank Theatre, Edinburgh Festival and Boston Court Theatre.
  • Tips and more: An additional set of seven videos feature tips and tricks from the screenwriting and television world, presented by Scott Guy (Disney, Warner Bros., NBC, PBS, etc.).

The NMI website features two free videos for visitors to sample before committing to the purchase of the entire online conference. The online conference costs $195, which is a third of the cost of the full live conference ($595). Musical Writerzine subscribers receive a $20 discount. (Please mention the Musical Writerzine when you contact them.)

To see the free videos and register for the online conference, visit NMI Conference online.


With a focus on each discipline of authoring a musical: book, lyrics, and music, the online labs help writers hone their skills. See NMI craft labs – study online.


NMI offers a wide range of options for reviewing your show. They can even involve you in a table reading of your work by video conference or videotaped to be viewed later. Find details at Feedback – dramaturgical support at a distance.

This article is being published in conjunction with Musical Writerzine issue 38, Summer, 2017.


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