To revitalize one of America's greatest art forms by discovering and promoting new musicals and musical theater artists, and introducing new audiences to the vibrancy of contemporary musical theater.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (or "NYMF") exists to revitalize one of America’s greatest art forms by discovering, supporting and promoting new musical theater artists, producers, and projects, and by introducing a diverse audience to the vibrancy of contemporary musical theater.

Hailed as "the Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF's annual festival of new works takes over midtown Manhattan for three weeks each fall, with a slate of more than 30 full productions and some 100 workshops, readings, concerts, parties, seminars, and other special events celebrating the newest generation of musical theater artists. Providing a unique showcase for the newest generation of musical theater artists and a powerful engine for new work, the festival has premiered more than 150 new musicals since 2004 -- many of which have gone on to subsequent award-winning productions off-Broadway, at regional theaters across the country, and around the world. Our writer service program operates year-round to provide writers with the resources they need to develop their projects - including professional feedback and dramaturgical support, creative matchmaking and networking help, presentation opportunities, and production subsidies. In 2005, NYMF was awarded the $100,000 Jujamcyn Theaters Prize for its “extraordinary contribution to the development of creative talent in the theater."

For more information, visit http://www.nymf.org.

1. Musical theatre is one of America's greatest art forms.

2. Because musicals are increasingly costly to produce, fewer artists receive the resources and production opportunities needed to develop their craft.

3. Enabling more artists and more musicals to reach production is essential to the continued vitality of the musical theatre.

4. NYMF provides an economy of scale to lower the financial risk of developing musicals - and an engine for helping shows and artists reach audiences.