wallis annenberg logoThe Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts announces a new partnership with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and DreamWorks Studios to present the highly successful annual program, The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop. Now in its 23rd year under the leadership of Artistic Director Stephen Schwartz, the workshop—giving selected composers and lyricists the opportunity to present selections from original musical works in progress for professional critique—will take place at The Wallis in Beverly Hills from Feb. 16-18, 2016, with submissions now being accepted.

The application deadline is Dec. 16, 2015.

Writers interested in applying for participation in The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles should submit the following:

• CD of four (4) songs from your musical
• Lyric sheets for each of the four songs
• A brief description of each song as to its plot placement
• A brief synopsis of the musical
• Biographical information for each composer, lyricist and book writer
• Contact information (including e-mail address, phone number and mailing address)

Send your completed submission package to:

Michael A. Kerker
7920 Sunset Blvd., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90046
ATTN: ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop

Deadline: Submissions must be received in the ASCAP office by Wednesday, December 16, 2015. 

Please note:

  1.  Please submit four (4) songs only. If you send a full recording, ASCAP will only listen to the first four (4) songs.
  2. Submissions do not need to be produced in a studio as we are looking for talent and potential, not production values.
  3. If your musical is selected, you will need to present 50 consecutive minutes from the musical at the workshop. The 50-minute selection must include book and songs.
  4. Those who have been accepted to present material in the workshop will be contacted by January 15, 2016.
  5. Those who will be invited to audit the workshop will receive an e-mail invitation.
  6. Please do not call to ask if you have been selected.

Space is limited. Submissions will not be returned. For further information, please call ASCAP at 212-621-6264.

ASCAP-logoTickets for The ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshops at The Wallis are FREE.

“We are delighted to join ASCAP and DreamWorks in this forward-looking program that encourages the next generation of musical theater artists,” said Paul Crewes, newly appointed Artistic Director of The Wallis. “This alliance is a perfect example of our three organizations’ commitment and dedication to furthering arts education and our continued encouragement of the development of new creative musical works by emerging artists.”


The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop—led by artistic director Stephen Schwartz, a Tony-, Oscar- and Grammy-award winning composer/lyricist whose credits include the Broadway smash Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, as well as the Walt Disney films Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the DreamWorks’ film The Prince of Egypt—is a three-day event composed of various workshop sessions featuring prominent guests from all aspects of musical theater, including producers, directors, critics, performers and composers. Past panelists have included Lynn Ahrens (Tony Award-winning lyricist: Ragtime); Stephen Flaherty (Tony Award-winning composer: Ragtime); Sheldon Harnick (Tony Award-winning lyricist: Fiddler on the Roof); Mark Hollmann (Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist: Urinetown); Rupert Holmes (Tony Award-winning librettist and composer/lyricist: Drood); and David Zippel (Tony winning lyricist: City of Angeles).

“I’m truly delighted that The ASCAP Foundation/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop will be partnered with The Wallis,” said Stephen Schwartz. “Not only does this provide us a larger state-of-the-art venue, but it greatly expands our educational possibilities. With the Wallis’ strong educational program in place, we now have the opportunity to include students of musical theater from the wider LA community who will be invited to attend and observe the workshop.”