Submit to the 33rd Annual Festival of New Musicals

National Alliance for Musical Theatre
New York, NY 10018

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The National Alliance for Musical Theatre is now accepting submissions for our 2021 Festival of New Musicals, which will take place on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2021. The first deadline, which allows writers to submit their musical for free, is Monday, December 21st (11:59pm EST).  The late deadline is January 8th, 2021 (11:59pm EST).

NAMT’s FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS is the cornerstone of NAMT’s mission to nurture the development and production of new musicals. The Festival presents eight musicals in 45-minute presentations before an audience of over 800 industry professionals with the experience and resources to move the work forward.


As a direct result of the FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, 85% of the writers featured have seen further development of their musicals, found agents, secured licensing agreements or been commissioned. NAMT assumes the costs of producing and marketing the Festival, handles all administration and logistics and takes no royalty stake in future productions to give participating writers a creative development experience free from financial and administrative burdens.


Submissions to the Festival will require an endorsement from an industry professional, but all writers can submit an application for consideration in the Festival for free by the December 21 deadline. Head over to our website ( to learn more about how to submit your show. NAMT has been keeping a close eye on COVID-19 and will continue to do so in 2021. The Festival of New Musicals was reimagined in 2020 and was presented online in November. The Festival will remain online until it is safe to go back to the theatres. If permitted, the Festival will be held in person in the fall, with a potential of an in-person/virtual hybrid.