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Welcome to The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge Application Process!

Applications for the 2019 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge are now open, click here to apply!

The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts partnering with the American Theatre Wing and in collaboration with Disney Theatrical Productions and Samuel French, a division of Concord Records. The Songwriting Challenge is a national competition for high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production and the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musical theater including hip-hop, rock, R&B, country, jazz, and more.  

Finalists for the Songwriting Challenge will be selected from six regions across the country and paired with mentors working professionally in musical theatre to develop their songs into Broadway-stage-ready compositions, via both video chats and in person working sessions. Finalists’ songs will be professionally recorded by Broadway artists in New York City. The songs will included on a CD and broadcast on national radio, as well as published in a songbook by Samuel French.

Click here to start your application for the 2019 Muscial Theater Songwriting Challenge!

The application portal is now open. Applications will be accepted through
April 30th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.

For more information about the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge, click here.