No matter what stage of its life your work is in, NYMF and its network have access to anything you could possibly need to develop it. Whether it's dramaturgical support or production/ personnel assistance, they can point you in the right direction. They're not going to do it for you, which is the best part. You're going to walk away from your NYMF experience having grown as an artist. I've often said I should be the spokesperson for NYMF, because I can't say enough good things about it. 

Riley Thomas, Writer
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Submit a Show

The New York Musical Festival is the largest annual musical theater event in the nation. We present a wide array of theatrical events in our annual Festival including Productions, Special Events, Concerts, and Developmental Readings. Read below to figure out which is the best approach for your show!


Writing a musical requires years of hard, solitary work.  As soon as you finish a draft, the rewriting process begins.  A show will often have numerous readings, but there comes a time when you need to see your show up on its feet, in front of an audience. If this sounds like your show, a NYMF Production is the right avenue for you. Productions are fully staged with top caliber creative teams and performers that you, the writers, assemble with our help! Productions have between 5 - 8 performances. There are two categories of Productions: The Next Link Project and Invited Production.

Next Link Project

UPDATE: Submissions for the 2017 Next Link Project have now closed. Please see below for details of our 2017 Invited Productions.

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. Next Link shows receive entrepreneurial training, networking opportunities, dramaturgical support, and a $5,000 subsidy towards their participation. 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 several members of NYMF's reading committee, with finalists reviewed by our Grand Jury of industry professionals. 

For a list of FAQs about the 2017 Next Link Project, click here.

Invited Productions

Next Link and Invited Productions share the same production values, however Invited Productions submit directly to the Programming Department. Invited Productions do not often need the producer training or support that Next Link Projects receive. A benefit of being an Invited Production is that they are notified of their admittance to the Festival on a rolling basis, giving them more time to prepare their production.

To learn more or apply to be an Invited Production, click here.


NYMF nurtures new musicals in our developmental reading series. A member of the NYMF dramaturgy staff meets with the writing team monthly over a series of 3-4 months. They provide concrete feedback on your draft (in terms of plot and character development, tone, style, etc), deadlines for rewrites, and assistance in hiring your creative team (if needed). The process culminates in a staged reading with three presentations, with a day or two between each, which are free to the public. The audience is invited to fill out a dramaturgical survey specifically tailored to your show. The feedback is compiled by your dramaturg and given to the writing team between presentations so that they may implement changes or cuts for the following reading presentations. 

To be considered for the Developmental Reading Series, you must apply as a Next Link Project. If you are specifically interested in the Developmental Reading Series, please include that in your Production History PDF.


Our Beta Musical Series provides new musicals that are past the stage of a reading, but not quite ready for production, the opportunity to creatively develop on their feet. Beta musicals are often presented with script in hand and focus on exploring one or two key creative elements such as choreography, projection design, costume design, or puppetry.

At this time, The BETA Musical Series is by invitation only.


NYMF loves to showcase the work of composers and lyricists in concert. Concerts are typically programmed after the Next Link Submission process is completed in the Spring. Concerts usually have between 1 - 3 performances. 

To apply for a Concert, email with the subject line, "NYMF Concert Consideration: Title of Show or Artist." Please include at least 50% of the music you are interested in showcasing. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday March 15.


To learn more about executive or line producing a Production at NYMF, click here