Professional Writer Associate Application
Below are all the benefits of joining as a PWA. You must complete the right hand side form in full, and then you will be contacted by the Membership Manager who will complete your application with you directly.

Professional Writer Associateship

  • apply for professional commissions, when advertised by MMD exclusively to PWAs
  • apply to put shows into our organisational applications to NAMT, annually
  • get a listing on the MMD site
  • access our workshops and seminars
  • access exclusive platforming opportunities
  • get a login for the backstage area of our website, packed with invaluable resources and recordings on the craft and business of musical theatre, featuring some of the top names in the industry, like Stephen Sondheim and Nick Hytner.
  • get a discount rates on our advice and reading services
  • advertise your productions in our monthly What’s On, going to many industry contacts, plus on our website
  • feature your YouTube clips, hosted MP3s and album releases on our media blog
  • access exclusive notifications of opportunities for developing and/or submitting your work for platforming.
  • send collaboration requests to our collaboration mailing list
  • take up many chances through the year to meet with other writers, well-known writers and directors and producers at special events in London.

If you are on Facebook you can also join our exclusive Facebook groups to help with your networking.

Can you join as a Professional Writer Associate?

To qualify as a Professional Writer Associate, you need to fulfil at least one of the following criteria. You must be:

  • a composer, lyricist or bookwriter who has reached the showcase/performance stage of an industry recognised musical theatre workshop programme, festival or competition in the UK or overseas, i.e.
    • NAMT
    • NYMF
    • Perfect Pitch
    • Vivian Ellis Award
  • a composer / lyricist / bookwriter whose musical theatre work has been published by an established publishing company in the UK or overseas
  • a composer / lyricist / bookwriter whose musical theatre work has received a professional production (London, regional, fringe or overseas, but not self-produced. Please include names of all producers if you are applying under this criterion.)
  • a playwright whose work has been published by an established publishing company in the UK or overseas. For the UK these are:
    • MA in Musical Theatre (as a writer or composer), Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
    • Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Programme, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, USA
    • BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in New York, USA ANMT Associate Workshop in California

Do you qualify?

If you qualify, then please complete the form on the right.

If you don't qualify

Please consider joining as a Writer Associate. Click on the tab below for further info.

Freqently Asked Question

I am a professional composer/orchestrator with paid commissions, but don't fulfil the above criteria. Shouldn't I still be a Professional Writer Associate?

Musical theatre composers would all agree that there are skills which are specific to musical theatre composition, and which aren't necessarily transferable from a general professional music education. Therefore, if you haven't written musicals yet at the level implied by the criteria above, we would very much encourage you to join as a writer associate for now.

Further questions regarding Professional Writer Associateship, please contact membership@mercurymusicals.com

Pro Writer Application

Become a Writer Associate

By Joining as a Writer Associate means you can access all of the below:

  • access our workshops and seminars
  • access exclusive platforming opportunities
  • get a login for the backstage area of our website, packed with invaluable resources and recordings on the craft and business of musical theatre, featuring some of the top names in the industry, like Stephen Sondheim and Nick Hytner.
  • get a discount rates on our advice and reading services
  • advertise your productions in our monthly What’s On, going to many industry contacts, plus on our website
  • get a listing on the MMD site
  • feature your YouTube clips, hosted MP3s and album releases on our media blog
  • access exclusive notifications of opportunities for developing and/or submitting your work for platforming.
  • send collaboration requests to our collaboration mailing list
  • take up many chances through the year to meet with other writers, well-known writers and directors and producers at special events in London.

If you are on Facebook you can also join our exclusive Facebook groups to help with your networking. Should you at some point have a professional production of a musical theatre piece that you have written we can then upgrade you to Professional Writer Associate which also will make you eligible to apply for commissioning opportunities.

The subs are £75 (or £45 student rate) and membership lasts for one year upon joining

You need to email membership@mercurymusicals.com with your credentials (are you a BookWriter / Lyricist / Composer). If you have a Paypal account use the details on the right. Or transfer the relevant funds to the following Bank Account: (Prices are in the drop down on the right hand side). If paying online Please put your full name as reference.
Acc No. 04797418
Sort Code. 60-15-33

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If you would like to stay up to date with the new musicals scene, and track all the productions, readings and events from MMD writers, then join our mailing list to receive:

  • a monthly mailing of new musicals listings, along with news from MMD.
  • an occasional media mailing, notifying you about new clips online from new musicals by MMD writers
  • exclusive invitations to special MMD events like the The Works readings

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