The Writers Residency Grants provide $500-$2,000 supplemental funds to not-for-profit NAMT members to work with writers on developing a new musical. The musical can be at any stage of development up to and including a staged reading, and the project can happen either at the member theatre or off-site as long as the writers and the theatre are both actively involved in the development process. All grants are for $500-$2,000. The Writers Residency Grants are part of the Frank Young Fund for New Musicals, whose goals can be found here.

The grants are a great way to bring a writer to your theatre to work or to meet with the writers at another venue to develop a new musical. The money can be used to either fill a gap in funding or to expand the current residency plans. There does not need to be a long-term commitment to the project, just a passion for helping the writers develop their show. All projects are expected to have a culminating activity, which can be anything from a new draft of the script to a minimally staged reading for the public.


changes due to covid-19

While the COVID-19 crisis has necessitated that we physically distance ourselves from one another, NAMT will continue to support the development of new work through the Writers Residency Grants, a part of the Frank Young Fund for New Musicals. In order to allow our members to focus on supporting their staff and the writers in their artistic families as they find ways to develop new work in the current climate, we are changing some of the requirements for the Writers Residency Grants for this round of application.

For this round of granting (projects taking place from July 2022-December 2022) the following changes will be made to grant requirements:

  1. Writers are not required to be physically in residence for the project (i.e. virtual residencies are eligible; please be sure to describe how you plan to work together remotely)
  2. Participating staff members’ salaries are an acceptable project expense
  3. There is no matching requirement from the applying organization
  4. If you are planning for an in-person residency, please include information on any backup planning

We hope that these changes to our granting requirements encourage our members to continue developing new works during this challenging time.



Applicant Requirements:

  • only not-for-profit NAMT member theatre organizations in the U.S. may apply for the grant
  • the member must be in good standing
  • a member cannot receive the grant in consecutive granting rounds

Project Requirements: 

  • the project can be at any stage of development up to and including a staged reading
  • the writers may be in residence at the theatre or off-site (e.g. in New York City working with a rep from the member theatre)
  • the writers need to be actively working on the musical and that work should be reflected in the culminating project
  • the writers must be paid a stipend, honorarium, royalty and/or per diem, on top of necessary housing and travel
  • there must be a culminating activity be it a table read-through, a demo, a staged reading (with scripts in hand and minimal staging) or a new draft, but it can not be a workshop or production
  • the culminating project may charge an admission fee or accept a suggested donation at the door
  • preference will be given to pieces with original music but pieces utilizing pre-existing music will be considered
  • the project budget must be at least twice the amount requested



There are two granting periods throughout the fiscal year. Applications can request funds for development that starts or ends outside of the assigned project periods but the bulk of the work and all expenses should still lie within the 6-month project period.
Round 1
Application Due: June 3, 2022
Project Period: July 1, 2022-December 31, 2022
Round 2 
Application Due: December 3, 2023
Project Period: January 1, 2023-June 30, 2023


The application will be available 1 month prior to each Application Due Date. Have the following information available when filling out the Application:

  • Organization Info
  • Show Title and Description
  • Project Description, Timeline & Goals
  • Writer Statement
  • Key Artist Bios
  • Project Budget

No works samples or CD will be needed. The application is a short form that applicants will fill out online. The button to the application will appear at the bottom of this page for any NAMT member logged in to the site. If an organization receives a Writer’s Residency Grant in a given cycle, that organization must skip a review cycle before submitting another request.



NAMT’s New Works Committee will jury all applications and select all recipients on the following criteria:

  • completeness of the plan presented in the application by the member organization
  • the merit of the work and the writers
  • the goals of the project
  • the submitted project budget includes payment for the writers
  • the potential impact of the project on the work

The financial need of the organization or the writers will not be taken into consideration.  For selected recipients, the Committee may assign a grant amount between $500 and the requested amount on the application, at their discretion.

The recommendations from the New Works Committee will go to the Executive Committee of the Board for a final vote of approval.

Any NAMT member who has any questions regarding the Writers Residency Grants may contact Frankie Dailey, New Works Director, at 212-714-6668 or frankie@namt.org.

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