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 services 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 2016 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, Creative Director, Fox Stage Productions Isaac Robert Hurwitz, Director of Theatre Arts Program at The National Black Theatre Jonathan McCrory, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated actor and writer Tony Sheldon, playwright, lyricist, and actress Gretchen Cryer, Drama Desk Award-winning actor Santino Fontana, Broadway actress Montego Glover, Broadway director West Hyler, Tony Award-nominated director Leigh Silverman, and Laurence Oliver Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo.
Submissions for the 2017 Next Link Project are now open!