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New Music Theatre Award for writers and composers

Published 21 September 2020

British Youth Music Theatre (BYMT) has launched their New Music Theatre Award 2021, aimed at supporting high-quality, emerging writers and composers; the award is part of a programme to identify the composing and writing talent of the future.

The New Music Theatre Award will showcase young writers and composers, aged 30 and under, giving them a platform to create and develop through the collaboration opportunities offered by BYMT.

The successful applicant will receive:

  • A commission worth £6,000
  • Mentoring from established writers and composers
  • Dramaturgical support from a professional director
  • The opportunity to stage their production in a professional regional UK venue with a cast of around 40 of the most talented young people from across Britain and further afield.

Applications will be assessed on music, concept, writing quality, lyric content and appropriateness by a panel of five who are working professional practitioners. Submissions should be supported by the following: Synopsis or outline or concept of between 1,000 and 3,000 words; 2 recorded songs or pieces of music supported by sheet music if available from the proposed show if available, if not: Links to soundcloud or other samples of the composer’s work; Samples of writing/dialogue up to 6 pages in length from the proposed work or other work by the writer(s); Samples of lyrics or libretto up to 2 pages in length from the proposed work or other work by the lyricist; References from 2 creative professionals at least one of whom should be a composer. Referees can be from outside the UK but please ensure that their qualifications and status are clearly shown.

The award is in memoriam of Vernon Mound, opera and musical theatre director, and BYMT founding Associate Director. The award will be held on a biennial basis, and is supported by friends of Vernon and associated trusts and foundations.

Information about the commission including the terms and conditions HERE

The deadline for submissions is 6.00am on Monday 16th November 2020

Take your chance and apply now!

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