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Have you written, or are you in the process of writing, a musical but need some creative or practical support?

Are you thinking about writing a musical but need some initial guidance?

Our Feedback and Advice service has been designed to assist you at any stage of your musical writing journey. A professional practitioner reads a piece of work and provides specific feedback on it or more general advice on your writing or the musical theatre industry. We can access leading practitioners in the world of musical theatre to help you, and this service is available to both MMD members and non-members.

It couldn’t be easier to get started, simply select from the options below then click on the ‘submit now’ to begin the process.

Full Musical Review

This is a full musical book reading & score review of up to 16 songs. Writers receive a 1-hour feedback session with the reader either in person or online.

MMD Member

£180

Non Member

£260

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Synopsis & Song Review

Have your synopsis & up to 3 songs reviewed. Get feedback on your song craft at a 1-hour feedback session with a reader.

MMD Member

£120

Non Member

£180

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Advice Sessions

Have a 50 minute general advice session on the one of the below topics;

Fundraising advice
Writing craft advice
Industry advice
Career advice
Rights and contracts advice

MMD Member

£65

Non Member

£105

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If you have any questions about the Feedback & Advice Service, please email
Kate McKeown, Projects & Membership Manager at kate@mercurymusicals.com.

Legal Advice

Several times a year, MMD members may sign up for a 30–minute meeting with an entertainment lawyer to receive advice on subjects such as contracts or intellectual property rights. These sessions are limited in number but free of charge to members. Details of the next upcoming sessions are announced on social media and in the fortnightly Friday Mail Out newsletter.

John Sparks Dramaturgy Sessions

Frequently, MMD offers its members an exclusive opportunity to meet with John Sparks for a free feedback sessions on a new musical theatre piece. These are 1-to-1 sessions and last an hour at a time. These sessions are a benefit of membership and are completely free. When this offer is available, it is always publicised on all our socials, website and in the Fortnightly Members Mailout.

John Sparks was the founder/co-Director of the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Inc. (1979-2002) and has been the Founding Director of ANMT/NMI from 2002 to the present. He founded the Writers’ Workshop at Theatre Building Chicago in 1987 and also served TBC as Artistic Director from 1999 through 2009. John has mentored the work of over 250 musical theatre writers.

What our members say

As an Overseas Member, I particularly appreciate MMD's Feedback & Advice Service in that it allows those who can’t attend the classes and services in London to avail themselves of the very best one on one dramaturgical help on the planet… Far superior to anything I’ve found in the States. A serious playwright could do no better than to avail themselves of this service.

C J Ver Burg, Overseas Member

Member Spotlight

Carl Miller

Bookwriter, Lyricist Carl Miller’s plays have been commissioned and produced by theatres all over England and around the world, including… Read more

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Carl Miller

Bookwriter, Lyricist

Carl Miller’s plays have been commissioned and produced by theatres all over England and around the world, including the National Theatre in London. From work created for solo performers to large cast spectacles, he creates drama that entertains, provokes and delights audiences in spaces from the intimate to the epic.

His writing finds playful theatrical forms appropriate to each new creation. You can read extracts from many of his works and follow links to his published scripts on this site. Carl has been exploring LGBTQ+ characters, stories and themes throughout his career.

Vidya Makan

Composer, Lyricist Based in Australia, Vidya's debut original musical 'The Lucky Country' written with writing partner Sonya Suares, debuted last… Read more

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Vidya Makan

Composer, Lyricist

Based in Australia, Vidya's debut original musical 'The Lucky Country' written with writing partner Sonya Suares, debuted last year with Hayes Theatre. Featuring an ensemble of six exceptional performers and a five-piece band (including yidaki – didgeridoo), this 60 minute show uses elements of song cycle and chamber music, all illuminated and amplified by audiovisual design.