Submissions for the 2017 Next Link Project are now open and 2017 Grand Jury announced

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Next Link Project.

The Next Link Project is the cornerstone of NYMF’s Programming. Submissions are open to any writer, produced or unproduced, with or without agency representation. Next Link shows receive entrepreneurial training, networking opportunities, and dramaturgical support, culminating in a subsidized production in the Festival. To submit a show, you must have a finished script and at least 75% of the songs recorded. All entries undergo double-blind evaluations by members of NYMF's reading committee, with finalists reviewed by our Grand Jury of industry professionals. Approximately 10 shows are chosen each year.

The 2017 Next Link Project submissions are now open. Submissions will be accepted through Tuesday, November 1st. Those who submit materials by Monday, October 10th will receive an early bird discount of $20 off the standard $75 application fee. For more information or to submit a show, visit

The Grand Jury is responsible for making final selections for the Next Link Project shows with the Director of Programming and Artist Services. The 2017 NYMF Grand Jury will include Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris, OBIE and Drama Desk Award-winning actress Donna Lynne Champlin, Two River Theater Literary Manager Anika Chapin, Tony Award-winning producer Jane Dubin, Apollo Theatre Executive Director and Hi-ARTS Co-Founder Kamilah Forbes, Fox Stage Productions Senior VP, Creative Affairs Isaac Robert Hurwitz, director West Hyler (Paramour), actor Telly Leung (Allegiance), OBIE Award-winning director Jonathan McCrory, Women’s Project Theater Artistic Director Lisa McNulty, Public Theater Literary Associate Jack Phillips Moore, Playwrights Realm Producing Director Roberta Pereira, choreographer Sam Pinkleton (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), actress Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof), Tony Award-nominated director Leigh Silverman, and Olivier Award-winning and Tony nominated choreographer Sergio Trujillo.