MTI Mentorship Award


Generously supported by Musical Theatre International (Europe), the Mentorship Award is presented biennially to a writer or writing team who have submitted the first full draft of a new musical. Stiles and Drewe, along with a panel of judges, select the winning project – the writers of which then benefit from bespoke mentorship and support over a 12-month period.

This includes:

  • A fully funded, one-week development retreat to work on the winning musical. This has previously happened at Anthony’s house in France.
  • Participation in two Progress Labs. In each of these, the Mentorship Award winner will present a section of their musical in front of MMD members and receive feedback from a panel of industry professionals.
  • Access to work shadowing opportunities – either on a Stiles and Drewe show or with alternative industry contacts (subject to availability and production schedules).
  • After 12 months, the above culminates in rehearsal provision for a workshop with an industry showcase presentation at the end. This is with a professional cast, Director and MD.

How to Submit:

There will be no Mentorship Award in 2020. The next Mentorship Award will commence in 2021, with submissions opening in November 2020.

In a Mentorship year, writers can enter both the ‘MTI Mentorship Award’ and the ‘Best New Song’ via two submission processes in alternate years. Whilst there is no entry fee, writers must be members of MMD.

You can find out more about MMD and join our organisation by clicking here

If you have any questions about MMD membership please email Ellen Burgin, Membership Manager at

Entry Requirements for The MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award:

We ask writers or writing teams to ensure they meet the following entry requirements:

  • Entrants must be resident in the UK (i.e. if chosen, you need to be able to attend monthly Advanced Writers’ Lab sessions, attend the one-week writers’ retreat in France with Stiles and Drewe, prepare and participate in two Progress Labs and the final industry showcase during the course of the year-long mentorship).
  • Entrants must have written a full first draft of the musical to be entered. Full draft means a complete script, with all songs written.
  • Your musical cannot have had a professional production.

Entrants should complete the online form below when applications open.

*Please note that applicants for the MTI Mentorship Award must be from UK residents however Overseas Members of MMD may still submit for the Best New Song. 

General notes:

  • Entries must be uploaded via the MMD website.
  • Please label each page of the single pdf uploaded with your SHOW TITLE_ followed by key words/information as applicable):
  • “Song title”_scene (e.g. OKLAHOMA!_People Will Say We’re In Love_ Scene)
  • “Song title”_lyric sheet (e.g. OKLAHOMA!_I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No_ Lyric Sheet)
  • Synopsis (e.g. OKLAHOMA!_Synopsis)
  • Underlying Rights Letter (e.g. OKLAHOMA!_Underlying Rights Letter)

Please submit:

Initially, we require the following to be uploaded via the online form as one document in PDF format:

  1. A synopsis no longer than 500 words
  2. A full character list
  3. A full track list
  • From the draft of the musical, entrants must submit three songs. Two should be submitted in the context of their scenes. A lyric sheet only should be uploaded for the third song. The maximum page limit for all of this material is 20 pages. The synopsis, character list, track list, two selected scenes/songs and lyric sheet for the third song should be in PDF format.
  • Soundcloud links must be included in the relevant section of the online form for all three songs. Please ensure you also detail the full song title next to the link. Please ensure the privacy settings on the Soundcloud tracks will allow MMD staff and the judges to open/listen to the links.
  • PDF sheet music (piano and vocal arrangement) must also be uploaded for all three songs. If songs are scored for instruments other than piano (e.g. guitar charts) you may submit these in the first instance, along with a clear, quality demo which gives a faithful impression of the song for the judges, but please be aware if shortlisted you will be required to provide piano/vocal arrangements on request and the judges may ask writers to produce further material (e.g. additional demos/vocal scores) from their musical, including a full draft in pdf format at any time.
  • Entrants should highlight on the online form which of the three songs they want to be considered for ‘Best New Song’. Bear in mind that the finalists will have their songs performed by a SOLO performer, so duets and ensemble numbers are discouraged. The entrant can submit up to two songs for consideration for the Best New Song. One song must be one of the three submitted for the Mentorship Award, the second song may either be one of the other two submitted from the same show or from another project. Once you have completed your Mentorship Award application you will be prompted to complete a separate Best New Song application which will require some duplication of information.
  • The Best New Song entry must be suitable for performance by one male or female singer with piano accompaniment only. Writers must be willing to adjust song lyrics to comply with this.
  • All material on the pdf should be presented anonymously. Only the online form and Soundcloud links should carry personal information.
  • If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please upload proof that the underlying rights have been secured. If the musical is wholly original or based on material now in the public domain please upload a signed letter stating this.

Please note, if you do not upload your files or label them accordingly we will be unable to download your application.

  • The judges may ask writers to produce a full draft of their musical in PDF format at any time.
  • You may only enter the same musical for consideration for the Mentorship Award twice. This can be done on consecutive years. The judges will not consider a musical a third time.
  • Due to the volume of submissions, neither Stiles and Drewe nor MMD are able to give individual feedback regarding the final selection.

Please make sure you read all the above entry requirements and instructions carefully before submitting your application.