As part of its continuing commitment to nurture new American musicals, the ASCAP Foundation has announced the 10th annual ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop. Serving once more as artistic director for the Workshop is Oscar, and Grammy-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz whose credits include the Broadway smash Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, ,and the Walt Disney films Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Dreamworks' film, The Prince of Egypt. The workshop will take place January 24, 25 27 and February 9, 10, 15 & 16 of 2005 at the Disney Feature Animation Studio lot in Burbank, California.
Workshop participants will have the opportunity to present selections from their original works in progress for professional critique. Each session will feature prominent guests from all aspects of musical theatre, including producers, directors, critics, performers and composers. Past panelists have included Quincy Jones, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, David Zippel, Jason Alexander and ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman.
"We are thrilled that so many talented participants in our ASCAP/Disney Workshop have gone on to achieve great success," quotes Michael Kerker, Director of Musical Theatre at ASCAP. "Lynn Ahrens and Stephen C. Flaherty went on to compose Ragtime. Glenn Slater, whose musical Lost In America was presented in our workshop, went on to work with Disney on animated musicals and a stage musical. James McBride whose musical Bobos was presented at the LA workshop went on to write workshop panelist Quincy Jones' biography. These among many other successes have come from the connections and the important work we have done through this Workshop."
Writers interested in applying for participation in the ASCAP Foundations/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop should submit the following no later than Friday, December 10, 2004:
" A CD of four (4) songs with lyric sheets
" A brief description of each song as to its plot placement
" A brief synopsis of the musical
" Biographical information for each composer, lyricist & book writer
*Send complete submission package to:
Michael A. Kerker,
1 Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Attn: Disney Musical Theatre Workshop
The Musical Theatre Workshop is part of an ongoing series of workshops sponsored by The ASCAP Foundation. The ASCAP Foundation Workshops are free of charge and are open to everyone, regardless of performing right affiliation.
The ASCAP Foundation has, for over 25 years, been a resource for the music community through the myriad programs it funds and/or administers, including scholarships, grants, commissions, classroom music education programs and senior community service.
*Space limited. Submissions will not be returned.