NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 GALA AWARD WINNERS

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), has announced the recipients of their 2016 Awards, given out at this year’s Gala. The NYMF/Stage Rights Publishing Award has been given to A SCYTHE OF TIME (book by Alan Harris, music and lyrics by Mark Alan Swanson); the NYMF Developmental Reading Series Award has been given to PLAY LIKE A WINNER (book and lyrics by Erik Johnke, music by David Wolfson) and the new NYMF BETA Award has been given to FREEDOM RIDERS (music and lyrics by Richard Allen and Taran Gray, book by Richard Allen).

Each November, NYMF holds a gala celebrating the year's artistic triumphs and honoring select individuals whose work has contributed to the continued vitality of musical theater. Held at the beautiful Edison Ballroom, a historic Times Square landmark, this one of a kind event is attended by an exclusive group of musical theater enthusiasts, Broadway artists, and leading members of the theater industry.

As the recipient of the NYMF/Stage Rights Publishing Award, A SCYTHE OF TIME will join the theatrical publishing catalog of Steele Spring Stage Rights and will now be available to professional and amateur companies throughout the United States and the World.

Steele Spring Stage Rights is the foremost independent theatrical publisher of intimate new musicals in the United States. Exploring new works has always been a vital part of the company’s mission, and this partnership with NYMF helps further that goal. Founded by a playwright, Steele Spring Stage Rights is proud to represent new and inventive plays and musicals that have appeared off-Broadway, way off-Broadway and nowhere-near Broadway. Steele Spring Stage Rights wants to help authors share their distinctive voices with eager audiences around the world hungry for something beyond the ordinary.

Each year, NYMF gives an award to the most promising new musical in the Developmental Reading Series. PLAY LIKE A WINNER will now receive automatic acceptance into NYMF’s Next Link Project next season, as well as a $5,000 subsidy towards their participation, entrepreneurial training and networking opportunities. The writers also benefit from several months of ongoing dramaturgical support from NYMF’s Programming Department.

The BETA category was introduced at the 2016 Festival, presenting new musicals in development that are “on their feet,” exploring choreography or a specific design element, yet are not ready for production. Like the Developmental Reading Series Award, the BETA Award recipient, FREEDOM RIDERS, will be ensured automatic acceptance into NYMF’s Next Link Project next season and will receive a $5,000 subsidy towards their participation, entrepreneurial training and networking opportunities. The writers also benefit from several months of ongoing dramaturgical support from NYMF’s Programming Department.