The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop Led by Composer Stephen Schwartz Now Accepting Applications Through March 2 for Los Angeles and New York Programs

February 10, 2020

LA Workshop Slated for April 6 & 7 at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

 NY Workshop Slated for Fall 2020

BEVERLY HILLS, CA, Feb. 10, 2020 -- The 2020 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop is now accepting applications through March 2, 2020 for its Los Angeles and New York programs. The acclaimed workshops give participating composers and lyricists the rare chance to present selections from original, musical works-in-progress for professional critique. The Los Angeles workshop, presented in partnership with Universal Theatrical Group (UTG) and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis), returns to The Wallis’s Beverly Hills campus on April 6 & 7, marking the fifth consecutive year of the creative collaboration.

The highly regarded programs are led by artistic director Stephen Schwartz—the Tony, Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer/lyricist whose credits include the Broadway shows Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, the Walt Disney films Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the DreamWorks' film The Prince of Egypt, with the theatrical production currently in previews in London.

The two-day Los Angeles program is composed of various sessions featuring prominent guests from all aspects of musical theatre, including producers, directors, critics, performers and composers. Tickets to the LA workshop sessions will be available to the public and detailed ticket information is forthcoming.

“The Los Angeles workshop, which draws rising talent from across the country, is a vital partnership between The Wallis, The ASCAP Foundation, Universal Theatrical Group and Stephen Schwartz, who gives so generously of his time and expertise to mentor aspiring musical theatre composers and lyricists,” says The Wallis Artistic Director Paul Crewes. “This invaluable program is helping to shape the future of musical theatre.”

Applicants will be considered for both the Los Angeles and New York Workshops.  Dates for the New York workshop, slated for the Fall 2020, will be announced in August. 

Submission Information:

Writers interested in applying for participation in The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshops should submit the following:

  • CD of four (4) songs from their original musical
  • Lyric sheets for each of the four 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 e-mail address, phone number and mailing address)

Applicants may send completed submission packages to:

Michael A. Kerker
ATTN: ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop
7920 Sunset Blvd., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Deadline: Submissions must be received in the ASCAP office by Monday, March 2, 2020.

Please note:

  1. Please submit four (4) songs only. If a full recording is sent, ASCAP will only listen to the first four (4) songs.
  2. Submissions do not need to be produced in a studio as the Workshop is looking for talent and potential, not production value.
  3. If an applicant’s musical is selected, the applicant will need to present for 50 consecutive minutes at the workshop. The 50-minute selection must include book and song.
  4. Those who have been accepted to present material in the workshop will be contacted by March 16.
  5. Those who will be invited to audit the workshop will receive an e-mail invitation.
  6. Please do not call to ask if you have been selected.
  7. Submissions will not be returned.

For further information about the ASCAP submission process, please call ASCAP at (323) 883-1000.

Information regarding public tickets to attend The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop on April 6 & 7 is forthcoming.

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About The ASCAP Foundation


Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States.

About the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a dynamic cultural hub and community resource where local, national and international artists share their artistry with ever-expanding audiences. The campus, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA, is committed to robust and distinctive presentations and education programs curated with both creativity and social impact in mind. Distinguished by its eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles and its location in the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis has produced and presented more than 275 dance, theater, opera, classical music, cinema and family programs since its doors opened in October 2013. Hailed as “au courant” (LaLa Magazine), The Wallis was lauded by Culture Vulture, which proclaims, “If you love expecting the unexpected in the performing arts, you have to love The Wallis.” Its programming has been nominated for 57 Ovation Awards and seven L.A. Drama Critic's Circle Awards. The campus itself, a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot facility, celebrating the classic and the modern, has garnered six architectural awards. Designed by acclaimed architect Zoltan E. Pali (SPF:architects), the restored building features the original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places), which serves as the theater's dramatic yet welcoming lobby, and includes the contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater; the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater; an inviting open-air plaza for family, community and other performances; and GRoW @ The Wallis: A Space for Arts Education, where learning opportunities for all ages and backgrounds abound. Together, these elements embrace the city's history and its future, creating a performing arts destination for L.A.-area visitors and residents alike. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is led by Chairman of the Board Michael Nemeroff, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer Rachel Fine and Artistic Director Paul Crewes.

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