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A Musical Writer's Career


Training for Musical Writers - Librettists, Lyricists, Composers

Want to know how to write a musical? Or improve your skills for musical writing? Check here:

Online Training For Writing New Musicals

The Academy for New Musical Theatre in Los Angeles operates an classes for writing musicals through their online programs. Wherever you are, you can study with them. www.writingmusicaltheatre.com. The site shows classes for writers of books, music, and lyrics.

New York: Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) - Writing for Stage

ESPA is a multidisciplinary school with departments in acting, writing, and directing. ESPA has developed writers whose work has won awards and received workshops and productions... Writing for the stage...


Don't miss our books section at Musicalwriters.com books. You'll find essential resources for guiding your new musical project.

The American Theatre Wing's panel discussion series brings together performers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the Broadway theatre. http://americantheatrewing.org/wit/

Musical Writerzine includes new publications and lists of events for exploring new musicals. Stay current with MusicalWriterzine

BMI - Musical theatre workshop

www.bmi.com/musicaltheatre/ - BMI offers a workshop in NYC and their site includes informative material for writers.

ASCAP for Musical Writers

ASCAP's new musical theatre pages Includes career development info, news, workshop info, etc. Also check on ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop schedule and read about Stephen Schwartz's role at www.musicalschwartz.com/ascap.htm


For college and university programs see Academic listings - college-level programs that train musical writers or that involve their students in productions of new musicals.


For Middle School and High School students age 13 - 19, Lovewell Institute in Florida provides an opportunity over the summer to workshop an original musical. Visit http://www.lovewell.org/

Musical Theatre and Cabaret Organizations

Theses organizations and websites will help anyone writing a musical. You might find ideas for networking, professional support, advocacy, contract information, and even health insurance. Here are some of the groups that aid musical theater writers and other artists:

For Playwrights and Lyricists

1501 Broadway, Suite 701
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 398-9366 / Fax: (212) 944-0420
A professional organization for playwrights and lyricists, which develops standard contracts for commercial and non-commercial productions of new plays, and provides opportunities for networking and presents monthly lectures. The organization provides several publications, including The Dramatists Guild Quarterly, The Dramatists Guild Newsletter, an Annual Resource Directory, and an Annual Directory of Institutional Theaters (see above).

For Songwriters (Composers and lyricists)

See ASCAP and BMI links above.


600 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10022
Tel: (212) 957-9230 / Fax: (212) 751-1515
The Songwriters Hall Of Fame is a membership association that sponsors quarterly showcases and workshops. The organization also includes The National Academy Of Popular Music.

For Networking, Insurance, And More

Fractured Atlas at Fracturedatlas.org/ is a community of over 50,000 artists and arts groups from every discipline across the country and around the world. Check out their website for

For Shows and other Theatre or Cabaret Activities

70A Greenwich Avenue, Box 170
New York, NY 10011
(212) 465-2662
The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs is a not-for-profit organization that presents an annual awards show; "Performers Seminars" on many aspects of performing, writing and producing; and also co-produces with ASCAP the "Songwriters Showcases," spotlighting new songwriting and performing talent. The organization also produces a newsletter, MAC News, as well as a mailing list of performers wanting new songs.

250 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10109
(212) 765-0606
Founded in 1917, this organization presents the Tony Awards and a wide variety of programs, seminars, and scholarships, particularly in community service.

Grants and Prizes for musical writers

Jonathan Larson grants

Jonathan Larson grants

Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre

In honor of Edward Kleban, noted lyricist of A Chorus Line, this prize is given annually to both a librettist and a lyricist. The prize will be in the amount of $100,000 to each recipient and will be payable in two annual installments of $50,000. Applicants must meet either of the following criteria:
1) A work by the applicant has previously been produced on a stage or in a workshop performance.
2) The applicant is or has been a member or an associate of a professional musical workshop or theater group,
i.e., ASCAP, BMI Theater Workshop or the Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Development Program. See the website for details. Kleban Prize - Newdramatists.org

NOЁL COWARD PRIZE at the York Theatre

The York Theatre Company administers an award celebrating musical theatre talent: The Noël Coward Prize. It is given to a promising librettist/composer/lyricist whose work best exemplifies the “triple threat” standards set by Coward (Sir Noël Coward often served as the writer/composer/lyricist for his musicals). The winning artist will receive a $1000 honorarium and a special one-night-only staged concert of the musical submitted to the contest produced by The York Theatre Company.

For information, contact:
Brian Blythe
York Theatre Company
619 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Attn: Noël Coward Prize

The Noël Coward Prize is made possible through a donation by The Noël Coward Foundation.

Getting Demo and Cast Albums Recorded

See our Cast Albums page

Career Miscellaneous

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in career design for artists, innovators, and others
aspiring to a creative life


Photograph: "Cabaret 
Artist's Handbook" book cover.Cabaret Artist's handbook offers tips that might be useful if you want to mount part of your musical in a cabaret type event.

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