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Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge

This national contest, now entering its fourth year, is for high school students with a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production and the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musicals. The goal of the program is to engage the musical theater field in nurturing the next generation of songwriters.

We are delighted to announce that the final recorded songs of the winners of the 2020 Songwriting Challenge are posted on the website for your listening pleasure along with photos and bios. The songs had their public debut on a special matinee program on iHeartRadio Broadway on April 3, 2021. We are also pleased to open the 2021 competition to any and all aspiring high school songwriters. Just click below.

The Songwriting Challenge provides winners with a coaching team consisting of a mentor and music director (both musical theater professionals) to hone the student’s original song into a Broadway-ready composition. Their song is then recorded by Broadway musicians and vocalists in New York City. Final songs are premiered on iHeartRadio Broadway, distributed on streaming music platforms and compiled into a songbook created by Concord Theatricals.

We invite you to check out the final songs from our previous years' winners from the 20192018 and 2016 competitions.

The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge began as a pilot program in 2016 in three cities (Dallas, TX; Minneapolis, MN, Seattle, WA) before going national in 2017/2018.


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