New Music Theatre Award | British Youth Music Theatre

New Music Theatre Award


The New Music Theatre Award offers the rare opportunity of awarding a music theatre commission to a young writer or team of writer/creators, mentoring from established music theatre makers, development support from BYMT, dramaturgical support from a director and a staged production at a UK regional venue with a large company of young people from across the UK, in August 2024.

The 2023 production of Harry and Greta, the last NMTA Winner, was mounted at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich with 40 young performers and musicians, and was seen by 400 people through in-person and livestream performances.

When winning the award, Lewis Cornay, the composer and writer, said “I am over the moon to be writing a brand-new musical for BYMT. As a previous young member, it feels incredibly full circle to be welcomed back. I know how formative and inspiring the experience can be and I look forward to being able to create in such a nurturing environment.”

BYMT is committed to creating an inclusive culture in all its activities, ensuring equality of opportunity for all our creative practitioners and encouraging applications from individuals regardless of disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. We are particularly keen to hear from writers from global majority backgrounds and those who self-identify as disabled, as they are under-represented in the new music theatre sector.

Applications will be assessed on music, concept, writing quality, lyric content and appropriateness by a panel of working professional practitioners and BYMT alumni and young people.

Information about the process of application and production can be found HERE.

Apply through the form HERE.


  • The deadline for submissions is 12pm on Monday 16th October 2023
  • Interview teams will be selected and informed by 6th November 2023
  • Interview/pitches will take place the week of 20th November 2023
  • The Award winners will be announced at BYMT’s Let It Snow concert 3rd December 2023