MTI Mentorship Award

THE 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. Location in 2021 TBC.
  • Participation in two Progress Labs. In each of these, the Mentorship Award winner will present a section of their musical 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:

Submissions for the 2021 Mentorship Award open on Wednesday 11th November 2020. Entries must be received by 23.59 on Sunday 31st January 2021.

The application process has three steps:

1. A completed Personal Information Form – on completion you will receive a link to the Equal Opportunities Form.
2. A completed Equal Opportunities Form (anonymous) – on completion you will receive an email containing a link to your personal show upload folder.
3. Mentorship Award Application File Uploads (anonymous) – upload all required files to your personal show folder in the format outlined below.

Whilst there is no entry fee, at least one member of the writing team must be a member 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 & Communications at:
ellen@mercurymusicals.com

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 the one-week writers’ retreat with Stiles and Drewe, prepare and participate in two Progress Labs and the final Industry Showcase during the course of the year-long mentorship). N.B. Overseas Members of MMD may still submit for the Best New Song Prize.
  • 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 (defined as a production with professional cast and creatives, mounted for an audience.) We will accept a submission from writers who have had developmental workshops or sharings of their work, either financed privately, by a producer, venue partner or via funding.
  • Writers must declare on the application form if their musical is currently under option or if it is a commission. Please provide details of any creatives (producer, director, venue, licensing organisation etc.) attached to the musical.

General notes:

• Only the Personal Information form should carry any personal details. The Equal Opportunities form, and ALL uploaded show materials should be presented anonymously. Show materials should also be labelled according to the format requested below.

• You may only enter the same musical for consideration for the Mentorship Award twice. This can be done on consecutive Mentorship years. The judges will not consider a musical a third time.

• A writer may submit multiple shows in any given Mentorship Award year. Please complete a separate application process for each show.

• Due to the volume of submissions, neither Stiles and Drewe nor MMD can give individual feedback regarding the final selection.

Please read all the entry requirements and instructions carefully before submitting your application and when ready, using the link below follow the three-step process, uploading the following materials as prompted:

REQUIRED SHOW FOLDER File Uploads:

1. SHOW INFORMATION (a SINGLE pdf document consisting of) :

• A synopsis no longer than 500 words
• A full character list
• A full track list
• Song 1 – lyric sheet in the context of the scene from the full first draft of the musical (i.e. include full dialogue leading into the song, song lyrics, and any dialogue following the song).
• Song 2 – lyric sheet in the context of the scene from the full first draft of the musical (as above).
• Song 3 – lyric sheet only

Notes: Please label each page of the single pdf you upload starting with your SHOW TITLE_ followed by the key words/information for each section as in the examples below:

• OKLAHOMA!_Synopsis
• OKLAHOMA!_Character List
• OKLAHOMA!_Track List
• Label Songs 1 & 2 in this format: OKLAHOMA!_People Will Say We’re In Love_Scene
• Label Song 3 in this format: OKLAHOMA!_I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No_ Lyric Sheet
• Label the Underlying Rights or Public Domain Letter in this format: OKLAHOMA!_Underlying Rights Letter

The context scenes and song lyrics for Songs 1 and 2 above should total no more than 20 pages of the pdf. The lyric sheet for Song 3 is in addition.

Please DO NOT include details of the composer/lyricist in any file names in your application.

2. THREE SONGS: (MP3 or MP4) demo recordings and piano/vocal sheet music if available (pdf).

The file names of the MP3/4 tracks should be labelled following the same format as above: ”SHOW TITLE_Song 1_MP3 Song Title
(e.g. OKLAHOMA! _Song 1_MP3 I’m Just A Girl Who Can’t Say No)

If available, sheet music (piano and vocal arrangement/pdf format) should be uploaded for all three songs. If songs are scored for instruments other than piano (e.g. guitar charts) you may also submit these in the first instance. Please do not include details of the composer/lyricist in either the file name or on the sheet music pdf itself.

Note: Please note we ask all applicants to confirm that they can notate their own compositions into a Piano/Vocal score, or that they have access to an individual who can do that for them. If shortlisted, a scored version of all three songs would need to be submitted.

3. ADDITIONAL SONGS from the show (optional):
If you have demos for more (or all) of the show’s songs, please upload the relevant MP3 or MP4 files and piano/vocal sheet music if available (pdf) using the same labelling format as for your first three songs.

4. FULL FIRST DRAFT of the musical (pdf):
Again, please use the labelling format as above (e.g. OKLAHOMA!_Full First Draft).

5. UNDERLYING RIGHTS DECLARATION (pdf):
If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please upload proof that the underlying rights have been secured OR if the musical is wholly original or based on material now in the public domain please upload a signed letter stating this.

Please make sure you read all the above entry requirements and instructions carefully before submitting your application. If you have any queries regarding the submission process, please contact Martin Jackson at martin@mercurymusicals.com.