The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) is a not-for-profit organization serving the musical theatre community that counts on funding from a variety of sources to carry out its mission to nurture musical theatre development, production, innovation and collaboration.

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Frank Young Fund for New Musicals

The Frank Young Fund for New Musicals is a major granting initiative to support theatres and writers as they work together to create a new musical.  NAMT established the National Fund for New Musicals to respond to a critical field need for a more creative and effective process to support a musical’s development.

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A Strange Loop at Playwrights Horizons, FYFNM 2019-2020. James Jackson Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison and L Morgan Lee. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Impact & Exploration Fund

NAMT’s Impact & Exploration Fund is designed to help NAMT member theatres pilot new ideas in various administrative and production areas to advance their missions. Areas of exploration may include (but are not limited to)  technology, accessibility, audience development, education and artistic innovation and advancement. By reducing the financial burden, these project grants will allow theatres to take some risks and try new ideas, contributing to the overall growth and health of the field. Whether the projects succeed fully, minimally or not at all, lessons learned are shared with the entire NAMT membership, leading to opportunities for more innovation and continual growth.

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Fun Home at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. 2017-2018 I&E grant recipient for integration of a Deaf actor in the production and process.

Festival of New Musicals

In 1989 the Festival of New Musicals was created to provide a forum to celebrate the new musicals that were being produced and presented around the country. Since then, the Festival has introduced musical theatre producers to 284 musicals and 559 writers from around the world. More than 85% have gone on to subsequent readings, workshops, productions and tours, been licensed, and/or recorded on cast albums as a direct result of the Festival!

Held over two days in New York City every fall, the Festival produces 45-minute presentations of eight new musicals before an industry-only audience with the experience and resources to move the work forward.

Selected highlights from the Festival’s 35-year history include: Lempicka (Williamstown Theatre Festival and La Jolla Playhouse; Broadway-bound); Come From Away (Broadway, West End, Toronto, Australia and touring productions; filmed for Apple TV+; multiple Tony, Olivier, Hayes and Drama Desk nominations and wins; Grammy nomination); Lizzie (over 60 worldwide productions and counting; recordings in English and Danish); Band Geeks! (multiple regional and academic productions; licensed by MTI; studio cast album); It Shoulda Been You (Broadway production nominated for multiple Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards; numerous regional productions); Ordinary Days (dozens of productions worldwide), The Drowsy Chaperone (winner of five 2006 Tony Awards including Best Book and Best Score); Striking 12 (Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Musical; many worldwide productions including Finland and Zimbabwe); Honk! (Over 4,000 productions worldwide; 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical); The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (2001 Obie Award for Best Music and Lyrics); Children of Eden (hundreds of productions worldwide; multiple cast albums); Thoroughly Modern Millie (winner of six 2002 Tony Awards including Best Musical), Ruthless! (1993 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; hundreds of productions; 2018 London production on BroadwayHD) …and many more!

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Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Nick Bruno, Benjamin Camenzuli and Lianah Sta. Ana in Pup! at the 2022 Festival of New Musicals. Photo by Ric Kallaher.

Artist Collaboration

NAMT holds two Conferences per year highlighting latest trends in musical theatre, providing vital industry research information, and creating unique opportunities for producers and writers to work together. These services – the Frank Young Fund for New Musicals, Impact & Innovation Fund, Festival of New Musicals and Conferences – have set NAMT apart in the musical theatre industry as a leading catalyst for collaboration among producers and writers.

Is My Donation Tax Deductible?

Yes. NAMT is a 501(c)(3) organization with not-for-profit status. With your contribution, you will receive an acknowledgement letter that can serve as your receipt and be used for tax purposes once NAMT has processed your gift.

For more information, please call Executive Director Betsy King Militello at (212) 714-6668 ext. 11, or email

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This page was last updated on 11/28/2022