Deadline: July 15, 2024
Accepts Submissions of: Musicals / Young Audience material / Edgy material /
Does NOT Accept Submissions of: Plays/ Radio/Film/TV material /



New Musicals Inc. is committed to an ongoing search to find and nurture promising new musical theatre.

If you’ve written a musical, and you would like some honest, constructive, detailed feedback on how to make your musical better, you can submit your musical to NMI for dramaturgical feedback at levels from evaluation to analysis to table reading.

All full-length musicals submitted (at any level) to NMI by JULY 15 of any year will be automatically entered in the Search for New Musicals for the next season. Winners will be announced by November 15 following the annual deadline. The winner of the Search receives a workshop with the Academy Repertory Company, detailed feedback from the NMI staff, and will be given a concert reading in Los Angeles.
Note: There are fees attached to all of the levels of development available through NMI. The entry level is $195 for a 20-30 minute audio Script Overview; the next level is an in-depth 2-3 hour video Analysis for $400. We know that some writers do not feel that there should be fees attached to script submissions, but our feeling is that the fee is for the Script Overview, and the entry into the Search is a side benefit. If you are submitting your musical ONLY because you want to win a contest, then the Search probably isn’t right for you.

Comments from NMI Staff:

We’re biased, of course — but we think this Search is a tremendous value. Invaluable feedback, in our humble opinion. Many of our Search winners have prominent careers.

No updates as of October 2023.

CONTACT NAME: Elise Dewsberry
        Search for New Musicals (New Musicals Inc.)
        Elise Dewsberry
        5628 Vineland Ave.
        North Hollywood, California 91601
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