A new annual award to support and develop new musical theatre writing is being offered by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have announced today [8 February 2016] that they are to offer an annual award to help support and develop new musical theatre writing in the UK.
For its first three years, the award will be fully funded by theatrical licencing agency Music Theatre International (MTI), to coincide with the opening of its European office in London, Music Theatre International (Europe).
Stiles and Drewe are best known for their scores for Honk!, Betty Blue Eyes and the new music and lyrics for Mary Poppins. The duo also have three new shows scheduled to premiere in 2016.
The inaugural MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award offers writers mentorship and support to help develop a new musical, as well as raising the recipient’s profile in the industry.
Stiles and Drewe and a panel of multi-disciplinary industry judges will select one new musical and its writers to receive mentorship over a twelve-month period. The writers will benefit from monthly writers’ labs, a one-week writing retreat, and two panel-led progress labs. The year’s mentorship will culminate in an industry showcase. Stiles and Drewe will continue to offer their Best New Song Prize to run alongside the new Mentorship Award.
For Stiles and Drewe, mentoring is key. “Writing a good musical is really hard. We were lucky enough to receive advice and support from some of the best in the industry, including Cameron Mackintosh, during the early years of our careers.”
Sir Cameron Mackintosh, MTI’s majority owner, is delighted to support the scheme. “Supporting this innovative award reinforces my commitment both to the responsible expansion of all the work of our brilliant team at MTI and the development of new musical writing in the UK.”
Submissions for the award open today and close on Wednesday 9 March.
To find out more visit www.stilesanddrewe.com/prize or www.mercurymusicals.com