Deadline Approaching for MMD’s S&S Award

Sarah Crook of Mercury Musical Developments has been in touch with the following message:


This is just a gentle reminder that the deadline for this fantastic initiative is just around the corner. Midnight Sunday May 10th.


I know many of you are in the process of applying, and we look forward to receiving your entry – but we also ask you to forward the details far and wide so it reaches as many writers as possible.


The S&S Award is searching for the most promising new unproduced musical of the year – Might that be your show?


For everyone that has already submitted for this year, thank you and good luck.


Here are some more details:
2014/15 has proved a fantastic year for The S&S Award.  We were delighted to announce that we have linked up with Leicester Curve, the home of new British musicals, and that with new Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and Executive Producer Chris Stafford we are exploring ways of expanding the Award even further.  The Development Week of 2014’s winning show Stay Awake Jake,  took place at Curve in late February.  This – the first part of writer Tim Gilvin’s prize – was a retreat to work on his show with a team of top professional creatives, including director Matt Ryan and actor Jamie Muscato, both fresh from their recent hit with Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse, and musical director Jan Winstone.  Since the 2014 Gala, Stay Awake Jake has gathered a lot of attention and we hear that a West End producer is already interested in taking the show to the next stage.  Tim Gilvin says:

“The Development Week at Leicester Curve was an incredibly invaluable, interesting, intense and inspiring five days.  Working with an absolute dream of a creative team, and being a part of the buzzing life of Curve, I was able to watch Stay Awake, Jake really come to life in a nurturing and supportive environment.  I believe that the show has been enriched and improved into something that is cleaner, fuller and better and I am enormously grateful for the experience, which I’m sure will stay with me for a long time to come.”

So, what are we looking for?

A musical that is in development or is finished that has not yet had a professional production and does not have a confirmed professional production in the future. If you are unsure as to what constitutes a “professional production” please contact us directly and we will be more than happy to help. There are no boundaries – we encourage everything from the traditional to the experimental; from musical comedy to opera; from hip-hop to formal adaptations; from shows that stick to the rules to shows that break them.

The prize for the winning entry will be:

A week’s development workshop at Leicester Curve to work on the material with a professional cast, musical director and director, without the pressure of a presentation.  The result of this development process will then be unveiled, in front of an audience of industry luminaries at…

The S&S Award Gala at London’s St James Theatre.  The Gala is fast becoming a fixture in the West End theatre calendar.  The Award is formally presented at this event and previous Award presenters have been Michael Ball, Don Black and Nigel Harman.

This year our judges will create a shortlist from which are selected three finalists.  From these finalists the winner will be picked.  A short extract from each of the finalists will be presented at the Gala and the winner announced on the night.

A feature of last year’s Award which proved extremely popular was that each entrant received anonymous judges’ feedback.  We are pleased to say that we will be continuing with this process this year.

Submission Details
This year we’ve made it easier to enter.  Simply apply for an Application Form from me, Sarah, at  and follow the easy step-by-step guide.
Once your application form is completed please email back to me with your 4 songs (songs can be on separate emails if too large)

The following will be required:

Ø  A synopsis of the show – MAX 300 words
Ø  4 songs – 4 lyric sheets – must be MP3s – preferably demonstrating different aspects of the show’s musical content, ie please do not submit four ballads or four up-tempo numbers.
Ø  2 scenes – one of which must contain one of the submitted songs.  If the show is sung-through, please submit 20 pages of script which you feel best represents your show
Ø  What makes your show special? – MAX 100 words

Any one writing team or individual writer may submit a maximum of two shows.

At least one member of the writing team (book/music/lyrics) must be a member of MMD or BML (Book Music Lyrics).

If your show has been submitted once before but has undergone significant re-working (evidence will be required) you may submit again.

If you have submitted your show twice previously you cannot unfortunately submit again, but please feel free to submit a different show.


Deadline for submissions is Sunday 10th May (midnight)

Following the shortlisting process, the three finalists will be announced towards the end of August.

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