Underscore has an open submissions policy, which means anyone can submit their musical for consideration, regardless of whether or not you have an agent or have been produced before. If selected, we'll reach out to place your musical at an appropriate place in our pipeline. Note, if you're interested in submitting to the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, you can do that at cmtf.org. For everyone else, the link to submit is at the bottom of this page!
Your show must be a musical, as you define the term.
Your show must be a new work, meaning it hasn't had its world premiere. Small-scale development productions, workshops, and productions at festivals like NYMF and CMTF are just fine.
You must be the musical's author or agent.
You must have full rights to all materials in the musical. Ie, if it's an adaptation of a book or film, you need to have those rights secured before you submit.
You can submit your musical in its current stage only once. If it has undergone significant changes since your last submission, feel free to submit again, and note what's new.
Script: You must have a full draft of a script, formatted as a pdf file.
Music: You must provide either lead sheets or a piano/vocal score formatted as a pdf. Demos, while optional, are very helpful, and can be linked in the form. Don't worry about your demo's recording quality, we've heard it all.
Our artistic team reviews every submission we receive, which takes a lot of time. If we're interested in pursuing the process further, we'll be in touch via the contact information you provide. If we elect not to pursue your project, you'll be notified on a rolling basis, usually within a few months. Unfortunately, we're not able to provide specific feedback for rejected projects.
Helpful to know
Underscore's mission is to produce and develop new musicals, and to support the new musical creator community. That means you, the authors. Because of that mission, Underscore claims no ownership or stake in future productions of your musical, because it's just that: yours.