Being a part of the Next Link Project not only helped our team manage all the minute details of putting up a fantastic production, but it also connected us with dedicated industry members we've continued to work with after NYMF. We greatly expanded our understanding of producing, lined up our next project, and even got agents from our participation in Next Link.

Becca Anderson, bookwriter and lyricist of Academia Nuts, Next Link '14
Photo: Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Todd Cerveris, and Jennifer Simard in Academia Nuts (Micah Joel)

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 production subsidy, casting assistance, and the immense marketing and industry exposure that comes with appearing at the Festival.

The 2017 Grand Jury included 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.

Submissions for the 2018 Next Link Project will begin on September 6, 2017.