Frequently Asked Questions


1. WHO may enter?

The producer, director, composer, librettist/writer, presenter or publisher may submit entries, as long as they have received permission from all members of the creative team involved in the production. Participants, especially producers, are welcome to send more than one entry.

2. WHAT works qualify?

First productions of new works, which were professionally staged anywhere in the world from 01 July 2015 until 30 June 2018 may be submitted.
Works, which were in development and performed in incomplete form may also be submitted, as long as no version of the work was performed before 01 January 2012. Works can only be entered into the competition once and may not be entered again in the future.

3. I have a great staging of a BAROQUE-opera. Can I enter?

The competition does not allow re-workings or reinterpretations of existing music, operas or music theatre works.
Works such as these may not be submitted, with the exception of original musical compositions, which include samples.

4. What about GENRES?

Music Theatre NOW is open to all kinds of work in the genre: From productions, which in terms of musical forces and scenic structure could become part of the classical opera repertory, as well as those works which in terms of their formal nature or scenic requirements may be categorized as „projects“ and/or as “one time” events. The number of performers is open - also solo works will be considered . The qualifications of the performers are also open. The cast can be made up of or may include: students, amateurs, actors, dancers, musicians or singers. Productions whose artistic approach take their roots outside of the Western European musical tradition are encouraged.

5. How will the JURY come to a decision?

The jury will have a close look at the information and documentation provided by the teams.
Works will be chosen that are outstanding in terms of the development of contemporary music theatre respective of their countries or regions of origin. The jury will choose works, which demonstrate a new development in the art form, be it in score, text and/or staging. A “musical” which reflects these new developments and ideas may also be entered.

6. What about music theatre for CHILDREN?

As the development of staged works with music does not come to an end when the audience is younger, you are of course more than welcome to make an application for Music Theatre NOW.

7. How do you upload big VIDEO files?

The jury should be able to view your documentation as streamed online content without having to download your file. Although it may be protected by a password.

Unfortunately we cannot provide enough space on a webserver to all participants. We are happy to receive a hyperlink to your documentation. Please note that expiring links (e.g. yousendit, wetransfer etc.) are not accepted as we cannot guarantee to download the material within a specified timeframe.

Please provide a video of the entire show.


8. I have a great TRAILER of the show. Can I send it?

For a qualified impression of your piece it is mandatory that we get a full recording with both sound and video. Of course the better the quality the easier it is to get an idea of the live experience. We all know that video can only catch parts of the show and the real truth is left behind.

9. Can I enter MULTIPLE projects?

If you wish to enter more than one project you are more than welcome to do so. Please note that you have to register as participant / user first and only then you are able to access the application-form, which you can fill out as many times as you have projects to enter the competition.

10. What if someone from the crew is part of the ITI?

Works connected to jurors, the organizers of the competition, members of the International Music Theatre Committee may be submitted.
Jurors directly involved with these works, may not vote and/or participate in any way in the jury discussion pertaining to these works.

11.WHICH materials do I have to submit for the application?

In the application form we ask you for general information about your production (e.g. creative team, date of premiere, number of performances, contact person) and a short description of your work as text (2500 characters). Furthermore you should upload additional files like the programme, libretto, CVs of the team and a score of the whole piece. A link to a video-stream of the entire performance is mandatory. It may be password-protected.

You can download a copy of the MTN 2015 application form HERE.


12. I do not have a version of the libretto in ENGLISH available.

You can send in the text / libretto in original language, of course, but a translation (with both languages visible) is much appreciated.


13. How much is the administration FEE?

For every project that wants to enter the MTN 2015 there is a fee of 15,- € (fifteen) to be paid via bank transfer or Paypal. We refer to the exchange rate of the day, on which you conduct the payment.

Please read thoroughly all information provided on this website: In case your submission does not match the rules of the competition (e.g. produced before or after the specified dates), we will not refund the administration fee.


Bank Transfer


(Zentrum Bundesrepublik Deutschland e.V. / Mariannenplatz 2 / 10997 Berlin / Germany)
BANK: Commerzbank Berlin (Schloßstr.30 / 12163 Berlin / Germany)

IBAN: DE73100400000141528001


REFERENCE: "MTN 2015" + "Name of your project"



REFERENCE: "MTN" + "Name of your project"


14. I have another question that is not answered here. Can you HELP me?

We are happy to get in contact with you via email and hope that we can solve your problem. Mail to mtnow(at) or use the contact form on our website.