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We offer a range of showcasing and development initiatives for our members and the wider industry, aiming to increase the quality and diversity of musical theatre being created in the UK. We provide development opportunities for writers at every stage of their careers.

In addition to the projects below, we also co-produce the biennial BEAM Showcase, the largest showcase of new musicals in the UK.

How we can help

UK Musical Theatre Conference

A biennial gathering of the musical theatre industry to consider future prospects for the form

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Feedback and Advice

Bespoke feedback for your script or songs and one-to-one advice sessions

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Stiles + Drewe Prize

The annual Best New Song Prize and the biennial Mentorship Award

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Cameron Mackintosh Resident Writers

Six month paid placements for musical theatre composers and writers at leading venues and companies around the UK

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Member Events

Masterclasses, socials, open mic nights, panel discussions and more

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Writers' Labs

Groups of writers meeting monthly to provide peer-to-peer support and feedback

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Musical Bites

A lunchtime series of readings showcasing 45-minute excerpts of new musicals

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Diversifying Voices

Projects aiming to widen the demographics of writers of musicals

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Skills Fund

A small grants scheme helping writers develop new and beneficial skills for their careers

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Mercury Writers Barn

A four-night retreat for female writers of musicals to support career progression

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Commission Opportunities

Commissioning opportunities for MMD members

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Joining MMD is a great way to meet other people doing exactly what you are doing: writing musicals, re-writing musicals, wondering why you are writing musicals, wondering if you are writing musicals and not, in fact, operas, or plays with songs! You meet people who are thinking and doing what you’re thinking about and doing… writing, writing, writing.

Susannah Pearse, composer, lyricist & librettist

Upcoming Events

Felix Hagan Masterclass

We are delighted to announce the next Lionel Bart Memorial Masterclass, supported by the Lionel Bart Foundation. These masterclasses provide...

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