The Process

Each summer, NYMF presents a variety of new musicals in various formats: Full Productions, Concerts, and Readings 

We have streamlined the process so all shows now submit through the same application and you may indicate the opportunities for which you’d like to be considered. Read below to learn more about the different formats.

PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 New York Musical Festival format is subject to change.



A show will often have numerous readings, but there comes a time when you need to see your show on its your feet with sets, lights, costumes, and choreography in front of an audience. 

All submissions for Full Productions undergo a double-blind evaluation process, first by members of a reading committee, and then select finalists are reviewed by our Grand Jury of industry professionals. Previous Grand Jury members have included Saheem Ali (Sugar in Our Wounds), OBIE and Drama Desk Award winner Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Tony Award winner and Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Jenny Koons (Runaways at Encores!), Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre Artistic Director Daniella Topol, Goodspeed Musicals Artistic Associate Anika Chapin, Lorin Latarro (Waitress), Public Theater Literary Associate Jack Phillips Moore, LCT3 Associate Director Natasha Sinha, Musical Theatre Factory Producing Artistic Director Mei Ann Teo, and Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Aint Too Proud, On Your Feet!).

There are two categories of Full Productions: Next Link Production and Invited Production. The number of Next Link and Invited Productions will vary from year to year.


Through the Next Link Scholarship, selected shows receive a large subsidy towards their festival participation fee, which covers the costs of venue and equipment rental, festival production and staffing. For a list of FAQ's and to learn more about the Next Link Scholarship, click here


Invited Productions receive a small subsidy toward their festival participation fee, which covers the costs of venue and equipment rental, festival production and staffing. For a list of FAQ’s, click here



If your show would benefit from a performance of the songs with amplified vocals and a band (e.g. a song cycle or presentation of a cast recording), a concert may be right for you. NYMF Concerts present music from a musical without staging or book scenes (although minimal narration and banter between songs is permitted). For a list of FAQ’s, click here.


A reading of a new musical typically takes the form of actors at music stands without microphones. The process culminates in three public presentations of your full length musical, with a day or two between each, which are presented to professional industry members, NYMF passholders, and invitees of the writers. The audience is invited to fill out a dramaturgical survey specifically tailored to your show. The time between presentations is so that writers may implement changes or cuts between the first and second reading presentation. For a list of FAQ’s, click here.