We simply wouldn’t have the opportunity to share our work outside Scotland without international platforms like NYMF. For this reason alone, the Festival was a significant turning point for us; encouraging us to recognize our work on an international stage and experience it play in the heart of the musical theater industry of New York. It was an empowering, inspiring, exhausting creative experience that has completely reshaped our future as a writing partnership. For us though, NYMF isn’t just a springboard for new writers and new musicals; it’s a space for the form of musical theatre to grow, change and be challenged, a vital part of the art form's future and it was our privilege to have been part of it.

— Claire McKenzie and Scott Gilmour Forest Boy, 2016 NYMF
Photo: Alison Sheehy

$15 for 15 years

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In 2018 we are delighted to be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the New York Musical Festival - that's 15 years of presenting hundreds of new musicals, and supporting thousands of artists! We want to mark this momentous occasion by revamping the Festival, and putting major changes in place to better support the musical theater community. But we need your help!

We have launched our $15 for 15 campaign to make this happen. What we raise will determine how far we can go with these new initiatives. This is where you come in! Please participate in this critical initiative and help shape the future of NYMF.

If just 4,000 people in our community of hundreds of thousands donate only $15 (in honor our 15th anniversary!), we will be able to achieve this goal. $15 for 15 years of new musicals. Of course, if you’re capable, donations of $150 or any other multiple of 15 would be profoundly welcome! 

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From its inception in 2004, NYMF grew quickly into the largest musical theater event in the country. We have presented over 445 new musicals, served over 1,000 writers, sold around 300,000 tickets, and commissioned writers to create work specifically for NYMF.

Increasingly, however, we’re focused less on size and more on making a bigger impact on the work we present and the artists we support. Our intention for 2018 is to restructure the Festival in a way that allows us to more actively engage with each show and its writing team, providing individualized artistic, administrative, fundraising, technical and marketing support. And we are committed to doing all of this while removing barriers to entry for our artists. 

Please help us make this possible!

Donate now!

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