British Youth Music Theatre opens applications for 2024 New Music Theatre Award

British Youth Music Theatre has opened applications for the 2024 New Music Theatre Award.

This award aims to discover and support emerging talents in UK Music Theatre, offering them an opportunity to develop an entirely new production in collaboration with BYMT’s young performers.

Writers, composers, lyricists, music producers, and creators under 30, residing in the UK or Ireland, are invited to submit their concepts (up to 2,000 words), along with supporting materials like music, scripts, recordings, and references, via the BYMT website by 16 October 2023.

Previous NMTA Winners include Jack Godfrey and Martha Geelan, creators of the musical Babies, which recently announced a series of West End concerts, and Lewis Cornay, whose production Harry and Greta premiered with BYMT at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich this summer.

For more information and to apply, visit

Chief Executive & Creative Director Emily Gray said: “This process enables us to meet and work with composers and writers who are at the stage of developing their first full scale musical production. Our young people are hungry for epic stories with relevant themes that will inspire them, their audiences and the sector to question what a new musical can be.

“This year we have enjoyed working with Lewis through the challenges of writing for a large company and we have also been able to support and develop other fantastic ideas that the shortlisted writers brought to us. It’s exciting to await the possibilities for our 2024 NMTA show and hope innovation leads the way!”

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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