Deadline: July 31, 2024
Accepts Submissions of: Musicals / Young Audience material / Edgy material /
Does NOT Accept Submissions of: Plays/ Radio/Film/TV material /



Stephen Schwartz Helmed ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop Now Accepting Submissions

Submissions are now being accepted and will be considered for a workshop taking place in Los Angeles. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2023.

Aspiring musical theatre composers have the chance of a lifetime to workshop their new musical with iconic composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz at the upcoming 2023 ASCAP Foundation/Universal Theatrical Group (UTG) Musical Theatre Workshop. Submissions are now being accepted and will be considered for a workshop taking place in Los Angeles. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2023.

Selected participants have the opportunity to present and receive feedback on a substantial portion of their musical from a panel of industry composers, producers, librettists, etc. led by Artistic Director Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Prince of Egypt). Workshop alumni include Steven Lutvak (Tony Award-winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Glenn Slater (Tony-nominated School of Rock), Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Tony-nominated The Wedding Singer), Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich (Dear Edwina, Ever After) and Khiyon Hursey (Spirited, Sean’s Story).

The 2023 edition of the acclaimed annual workshop takes place at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles the week of July 17, and sessions are open to the public. Tickets are free and will be available after June 30 at

Submission Information

Submissions for the Los Angeles workshop are now being accepted. Writers interested in applying should submit the following:

• A CD with four (4) songs from their musical
• Lyric sheets for each of the four (4) songs
• A brief description of each song as to its plot placement
• A brief synopsis of the musical
• Biographical information for each composer, lyricist and book writer
• Contact information (including email address, phone number and mailing address)

Completed submissions should be mailed to:

℅ Michael Kerker
7920 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Deadline: Submissions must be received in the ASCAP office by April 30, 2023.

Please note:

Applications must be sent to the mailing address listed above.
Please submit four (4) songs only. If a full recording is sent, ASCAP will only listen to the first four (4) songs.
Submissions do not need to be produced in a studio as we are looking for talent and potential, not production value.
Selected participants will need to present 50 consecutive minutes of their musical at the workshop. The 50-minute selection must include both book and song.
Those who have been accepted to present material in the workshop will be contacted by June 20, 2023.
Those invited to audit the workshop will receive an email invitation.

For a complete set of rules for applicants to this workshop (including releases and waivers that all applicants are subject to), please visit

For further information about the workshop application process, please email Michael Kerker at

Comments from NMI Staff:

No updates for 2024 as of Sept 2023.


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CONTACT NAME: Michael Kerker
        ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles
        Michael Kerker
        7920 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 300
        Los Angeles, CA 90046
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