The Goree All-Girl String Band would not be what it is without NYMF. The New York Musical Festival opened doors for us, plain and simple. We were provided fundamental building blocks that allowed us to focus on the crafting of the musical itself. Without NYMF, we would not be taking the meetings with producers and agents we are today. Without NYMF, we would not have the exposure we have today. Without NYMF, we would not have made the friendships with our fellow artists we enjoy today. NYMF is the future of musical theater, and we are so grateful to have been a part of its fabric.

— Artie Sievers and Michael Bradley The Goree All Girl String Band, 2017 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.