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Summary:Music Theatre Award
Deadline: 04 December 2018
Date Posted: 31 October 2018
Details: I am delighted to be able to let you know that we have funded a very special commissioning award which is now open for submissions with a deadline of 4th December. The award is open to bookwriters/lyricists/librettists/composers who are 30 years of age or under on the submission date. I know you are not all writers or composers (or indeed 30 and under) so please forward to anyone you know who fits the bill.

The award is to commemorate the life and work of a theatre director who became one of the first Associate Directors of Youth Music Theatre UK, Vernon Mound. Vernon was a much loved director of musical theatre and opera and a friend over many years who made his mark mostly in Scandinavia and Europe. But he was also instrumental in helping us set up the company in 2003. Sadly, he died of cancer in 2010; but typical of the man, he kept working to the very end, reviewing rehearsals of his production of Sunset Boulevard at Gothenburg Opera House on his last day. So we are delighted to be able to make this award to celebrate Vernonís life-long love of theatre. It is supported by his then wife Anthoula and all his friends. Moreover, the deadline for submissions is the exact 15th anniversary of the day Youth Music Theatre UK was founded with Vernonís help, so it is a fitting tribute to his energy in helping establish the company.

We are looking for a submissions from writers and composers who have something to say and a distinctive way of saying it, both musically and verbally. We are not looking for complete scripts, more for concepts and ideas and musical intent.

The award is for £6,000 to the successful writing/composing team. The full details can be found on the company website:

The winning individual or team will receive mentoring over the first months of 2019 and the successful work will receive a YMT production at a major regional repertory theatre. Full details and application forms can be downloaded from the website.