Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge

Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge

This national contest, now in its third 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. 

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

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2020 Songwriting Challenge has passed. Announcement of the winners will be made in late June, date TBD.

For your enjoyment, please check out the final songs of the 2019 winners. Posted with the final audio versions are song lyrics, a program of the professional artists involved, photos, and videos of each of the 2019 recording sessions. Also, check out performances from the 2016 and 2018 final 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.