What We Do

Mercury Musical Developments is the UK’s only membership organisation dedicated to developing new musical theatre writing.

Our members have access to a range of showcasing and development initiatives to help develop their craft and career as bookwriters, lyricists and composers and help them feel part of a community of musical theatre writers in the UK and internationally. We offer workshops, masterclasses, seminars and writer groups designed to support those who are new to the genre, emerging talents or seasoned professionals. We actively seek out commissions, build professional networks and advocate on behalf of all our members. At MMD our aim is to support and represent the writers who are shaping the future of British musical theatre.

For our members, MMD is the first port of call for any queries or advice about writing and working in musical theatre. If we cannot help you with your query we’ll put you in touch with someone who can. Please bear in mind that MMD is not a producing organisation or writers’ union and as such can’t offer legal council. However, if you go to the Useful Links page in our backstage members’ area you’ll find contact details for organisations who can help and more relevant information. We’ll always do our best to help you get the right advice.

“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.Sue Pearse, composer, lyricist & librettist

To learn more about how membership can benefit you, check out our Members Benefits page or speak to Kate McKeown, our Membership & Communications Manager at kate@mercurymusicals.com on 020 3951 7961.

We look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant and diverse community of talented writers.