Applications are now being accepted for the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop


BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) is currently accepting applications for the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theater WorkshopThe first year songwriter and lyricist class from until August 1. The Tony and Drama Desk Award winning workshop is a free weekly program where lyricists and songwriters collaborate with their peers to develop and cultivate their skills under the guidance of experienced instructors and veteran speakers. . Classes are held every Monday at the BMI Manhattan office located at 7 World Trade Center.

Notable alumni of the workshop include EGOT recipient Robert Lopez (Frozen, The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q), Oscar winner Kristen Anderson Lopez (Frozen, In Transit), Tony Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek – The Musical, Violet), Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, The Book Thief, Between the Lines, Central Park) and Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical). The first year class is moderated by BMI’s Musical Theater Senior Director, Patrick Cook, and Workshop Administrator, Frederick Freyer, who met at the workshop in 1983. The course is a two- One-year program designed to help establish the fundamental skills of participants through writing papers with different collaborators, discussions and in-depth analysis of selected musicals throughout history and guest moderators. In the second year, participants choose their collaborator and work on the creation of a complete musical.

“One of my favorite things about this workshop has always been working with the early years as they develop their skills and grow as artists,” Cook said. “This year, we plan to introduce exciting new additions to the existing curriculum to provide a more complete learning experience. I look forward to working with the upcoming class and seeing the new perspective they bring to the landscape of the musical theater. “To learn more, watch this video by Janine McGuire and Arri Lawton Simon, a workshop-trained writing team, explain the easy application process, their personal experience in the workshop, and what the upcoming class can expect.

To apply for the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, please visit:

Applications should include:

  • Composer: Three contrasting compositions – up-tempo, comic song, ballad. Please include a copy of the score that includes the lyrics.
  • Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics in PDF format – up-tempo, comic song, ballad.
  • Composer / Lyricist: Three contrasting songs – up-tempo, comic song, ballad. Please include a copy of the score that includes the lyrics.

Although it is best to apply online, you can send your application to:

Patrick Cook, IMC

250 Greenwich Street,

Floor 31

New York, New York 10007-0030

Please note that all potential attendees must be fully immunized to audition and plan to live in the New York area for an easy weekly commute and collaborations outside of the workshop.


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