New York Musical Festival was a fantastic resource for us as a writing team...The developmental reading series format was fantastic: the spread of 29 hours of rehearsal over the course of 2 weeks allowed us to do significant rewrites, and the number of presentations allowed us to continually learn and adjust in the light of audience feedback. Afterwords (formally A Lasting Impression) goes into production at the Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington in February 2018, and we are so very thankful for the early writing and rewriting time-- as well as support, warmth, and encouragement-- that NYMF provided.

— Zoe Sarnack and Emily Kaczmarek A Lasting Impression, 2016 NYMF
Photo: Alison Sheehy

The Next Link Project

NYMF's primary writer service program empowers approximately ten teams of musical theater writers each year by providing entrepreneurial training, career networking opportunities, dramaturgical support, and other resources culminating in a subsidized production in the Festival.

The Next Link Project is the cornerstone of NYMF’s Programming. It is open to any writer, produced or unproduced, with or without agency representation. The program receives hundreds of submissions from all over the world each fall, and every script and demo recording is reviewed by numerous members of NYMF’s Reading Committee.  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 our readers (ensuring a focus on the quality of work), with finalists reviewed by our Grand Jury of industry professionals.

Once selected, the writing teams embark on an intense creative development process in preparation for their Festival productions with help from NYMF every step of the way. NYMF offers guidance in many forms, including varied seminars - on fundraising, marketing, producing, and more - led by industry professionals, networking events, dramaturgical support, a $5,000 participation fee subsidy, casting assistance, and the immense marketing and industry exposure that comes with appearing at the Festival.

The 2018 NYMF Grand Jury will include Tony Award-Winner Michael Cervaris, OBIE and Drama Desk Award winner Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Tony Award-winning producer Jane Dubin (An American in Paris), Two River Theater Literary Manager Anika Chapin, West Hyler (Paramour), Jenny Koons (Burn All Night), Lorin Latarro (choreographer of Waitress), OBIE Award-winning director and National Black Theatre's Director of Theatre Arts Program Jonathan McCrory, Rattlestick Artistic Director Daniella Topol, Public Theater Literary Associate Jack Phillips Moore, Saheem Ali (Public Theater Mobile Unit’s Twelfth Night), LCT3 Associate Director Natasha Sinha, Abrams Artists Theatrical Literary Agent Katie Gamelli, and Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Sergio Trujillo (On Your Feet!).  More to be announced.