Eligibility FAQs

What type of shows is NAMT looking for?
All types! We want to present 8 exciting, diverse, great works of art that inspire and motivate the industry to produce them! We select shows that are of the highest quality across the widest possible range of themes and styles, in various stages of development, with great stories to tell. To see a list of shows we have recently presented, please check out the Festival History page.

My musical has already had a full production or is being considered for future productions at regional theatres. Does this disqualify it from submission? 
No, it does not.  The Festival is actually a great way to find future productions and development opportunities. We have presented many shows that have had multiple regional productions and also shows that have never had a reading before. We are looking for shows all across the development spectrum.

Can I submit my musical if I do not use original music? 
Yes. If you submit a musical that does not use original music, please be sure to provide documentation of full underlying rights clearance or documentation that the music is in the public domain.

My musical has a commercial producer attached to the show, is that a problem? 
Not at all! The Festival is a fantastic way for producers to find future producing partners across the country to help develop the show.  Shows that are accepted as part of the Festival with a commercial producer will still be presented on an absolutely equal footing with the other shows at the Festival. The producer will be included in process but will not be permitted to supplement or enhance in any way. The producer will also be asked to sign the agreement with NAMT, if the show is accepted into the Festival.

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My friend is a Festival Alumni Writer; can they be my Endorser? 
Yes!  Festival alumni are allowed to endorse one writing team in addition to submitting their own work.

I can’t find a theatre or producer to endorse my musical. What should I do? 
First, make sure you are casting as wide of a net as possible and not just looking at NAMT Members. Any professional theatre can endorse your show. Speak to other theatre colleagues about who they could connect you to and how they could help.  

Does my endorsing organization have any further obligation or connection to my show?
The endorsing organization will have no obligations to support the presentation financially or have any ownership or control over the presentation if selected for the Festival.

What does the letter of endorsement entail?

  • If the endorser is a NAMT Member or Associate Member, the member can send an email to the New Works Director with a list of the shows they will be endorsing.
  • If the endorser is not a NAMT Member, the letter must be on organizational letterhead and uploaded as part of your application. This letter should state why this organization is endorsing this show and state that the organization recognizes that this is their sole submission.

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Submission FAQs

My musical is based on another property and the original author or underlying rights holder will only give me clearance to submit the show to the Festival, but not through to full production. Can I still submit my show? 
Each case is different and we understand that some underlying rights holders are more protective than others. Before submitting, contact New Works Director Ciera Iveson at ciera@namt.org 212-714-6668 x14.

Do I have to submit a professional quality demo? 
The demo should be a good quality recording with a clear piano (or appropriate instrumentation) and clear vocals. We also recommend that the singers on the recording are the appropriate vocal types/genders for the show.

Can I submit my score, orchestrations or lead sheets for consideration?
We only need the demo tracks, which are uploaded to your application, and can not accept any additional materials.  If you are selected as a finalist, we will ask for a complete score in May.

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Festival FAQs

What does NAMT financially expect once my musical appears in the Festival?
Nothing. NAMT takes no future royalties and does not encumber the piece in any way. We do require acknowledgement in future productions and/or publications. Also, you may not sign any contractual agreements on your show between the time it is selected until 21 days after the Festival, unless a prior contract has been signed.

Why are the presentations 45 minutes?
The Festival is a marketplace for new musicals and the audience is made up of theatre professionals looking for new talent and new shows to produce.  To attract the most theatre professionals to the Festival, we have found that presenting 45-minute presentations over two days garners the highest attendance levels.

What costs are covered?
NAMT covers the following costs for each presentation: performance venue, all technical equipment, writer honorarium, actor fees, director fee, musical director fee, band fees, stage manager fee, rehearsal space/supplies, script copying and the program insert for the Festival presentation. NAMT is not able to pay for travel or housing for any artists involved in the presentation, orchestrations, or for the demos that the writers will need to hand out during the Festival to interested parties.

What are the limitations put on the presentation beyond the 45-minute time limit?
The maximum number of cast members in our presentations is 10 actors (this includes stage directions). Each show will be permitted 3 band members per show, essentially a piano +2 instruments. 

Should my musical be selected, am I required to provide the cast?
The NAMT staff works closely with each show to find the best creative team and cast possible.  We guide each team through the process in a very hands-on approach, with the aim to give each writing team a stellar cast that will show off the piece while attracting the attention the show deserves. We also bring on a professional casting director for the Festival.

I normally star in, direct or music direct my shows. Is this possible at the NAMT Festival? 
To ensure full focus on the writing, for the NAMT Festival, we do not permit our writers to do anything beyond being writers for the presentations. But there are some exceptions to this policy, so if this is the case with your show, please contact Ciera at ciera@namt.org 212-714-6668 x14.

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