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Black Composers & Lyricists Need Apply: BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop

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It’s not too late to submit your application to the BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc. ®) Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop for the first-year composer and lyricist classes.

This prestigious workshop begins in September 2019 and will conclude in June 2020

Notable workshop alumni include EGOT recipient Robert Lopez (Frozen, The Book of MormonAvenue Q), Academy Award-winner Kristen Anderson Lopez (Frozen), and Tony Award-winners Alan Menken (NewsiesBeauty and the BeastLittle Shop of Horrors), Edward Kleban (A Chorus Line), Maury Yeston (TitanicGrand Hotel, Nine), Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), Michael John LaChiusa (Queen of the MistMarie ChristineThe Wild Party) and Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal).

The intent behind this workshop is to create an environment where aspiring lyricists, composers and librettists can learn the fundamentals of musical theatre under the guidance and supervision of experienced professionals to develop then fine-tune both their skills and craft. The workshop also tries to encourage members to experiment, take risks and absorb as much as they can during their time there. Workshop participants will be charged $27 for an identification badge, but all other sponsorship costs are covered in full by BMI.

To apply to the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, please visit:

Applications should include:

  • Composer: Three (3) contrasting compositions on CD – up-tempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score that includes lyrics.
  • Lyricist: Three (3) contrasting lyrics – up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.
  • Composer/Lyricist: Three (3) contrasting songs on CD – up-tempo, comedy song, ballad. Please include copy of score that includes lyrics.

If mailing an application, send to:

Patrick Cook, BMI
250 Greenwich Street,
Floor 31,
New York, NY 10007-0030

To learn more about the BMI Lehman Engel Workshop, you can read this interview by Pat Cook that originally appeared in The Producers Perspective.

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