Frequently Asked Questions


General Questions

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WHO may enter?

The producer, director, composer, librettist/writer, presenter or publisher may submit entries.

The person entering must 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.

WHAT works qualify?

First productions of new works, which have been professionally staged anywhere in the world from 1st July 2015 until 30th June 2018 may be submitted.

If your work was shown before the premiere during the development process (e.g. in incomplete form or as work-in-progress) you can submit as long as no version of the work was performed before 1st January 2012.

Works can only be entered once and may not be entered again in future rounds of the competition.

I have a great staging of a BAROQUE-opera. Can I submit it?

The competition does not allow re-workings or reinterpretations of existing music, operas or music theatre works. Such productions may not be submitted, with the exception of original musical compositions that include samples.

What about GENRES?

Music Theatre NOW is open to all kinds of works across genres: 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 categorised as „projects“ and/or as “one time” events.

The number of performers is also open and flexible – We will consider solo works as well as large ensemble projects.

We are also open to performers with a diverse range of backgrounds and qualifications. Casts could be made up of or may include: students, amateurs, actors, dancers, musicians or singers.

Productions whose artistic approach have their roots outside of the Western European musical tradition are especially encouraged to enter.

How will the JURY come to a decision?

The jury will scrutinise the documentation and information provided by applicants.

Works will be chosen that are outstanding in terms of the development of contemporary music theatre irrespective of their countries or regions of origin. The jury will select works, which demonstrate new developments in the art form, be it in score, text and/or staging. Musicals which reflect new developments and ideas may also be entered.

The selection process has two stages. Stage one: All the entries will be reviewed by the jury with the assistance of the board of Music Theatre NOW. Stage two: The shortlist that has been created in the first stage will be reviewed solely by the Jury, who will then make the final decisions. 

What about music theatre for CHILDREN?

Since there are constantly new developments in the world of staged works for children with music, you are, of course, more than welcome to enter the Music Theatre NOW competition.

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

If a competition juror, a serving board member of the of the Music Theatre NOW Network, or the artistic / coordinating director of the competition is or was part of the artistic team (e.g. director, composer, stage designer, librettist, etc.) of a production, the work is not allowed to be entered into the MTNow competition.


If a person of the group mentioned above was or is involved in the production and creation of a work either as (artistic) producer, co-producer and / or project manager then the project may be submitted. Jurors directly involved in works must recuse themselves from the jury discussion on these works.

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 fill out the registration form for each project in order to receive individual links to the application forms for each project.


Application Process

WHICH materials do I need to submit for the application?

On the application form we ask you for general information about your production (e.g. artistic team, date of premiere, number of performances, contact person) and a short description of your work (text of 1500 characters).

Furthermore, you should upload additional files like the programme booklet, libretto, CVs of the team and a score of the whole piece (if available). A link to a video-stream of the entire performance is mandatory. It may be password-protected.

To maximize the usefulness of our archive we kindly ask you to provide some additional information about cast, producing organisation and the video.

You can download a copy of the MTNOW 2018 application form HERE.

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

You may send in the text / libretto in the original language, of course, but a translation (with both languages visible would be appreciated by the jury.

How to upload big VIDEO files?

The jury should be able to view your documentation as a videostream without having to download your file. It may be protected by a password.

Please note, though, that expiring links (e.g. yousendit, wetransfer etc.) are not accepted. Please provide a video of the entire show.

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

For a full 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 that sometimes the true experience isn’t captured.

How much is the administration FEE?

For every project that wants to enter the MTNow 2018 competition there is a fee of 15 € (fifteen EURO) that can be paid by bank transfer or Paypal.

Please be aware that exchange rates fluctuate on a daily basis. Fees for bank transfers and/or currency exchange must be covered by the submitting participant and cannot be deducted from the entry fee. Your bank should be able to arrange this.

For Chinese applicants please the fee is RMB 120,-. Please see additional information below.

Can I get a REFUND?

Please read thoroughly all information provided on this website before submitting and conducting the payment: in the event that your submission does not meet the rules of the competition (e.g. produced before or after the specified dates), we will not refund the administration fee.

Submissions will only be checked after confirmation of payment.

How to PAY the admin fee?

You can pay either per Paypal or bank transfer (all fees for transaction and exchange must be covered by the participant).


Bank details

Account Name: ITI

(ITI Germany / Mariannenplatz 2 / 10997 Berlin / Germany)

BANK: GLS Bank (44774 Bochum / Germany)

IBAN: DE88 4306 0967 1154 9955 00


REFERENCE: "MTNOW 2018" + "Name of your project"




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


Payment for Chinese Applicants

Bank Name : 中国工商银行

Account Name : 汤益明

Account No: 622202 1001 066569747

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

How to submit from CHINA?

Due to several problems with data transfer that we experienced during the previous competitions, we kindly ask you to send your video file either as download link via mail or physical (on a data stick, SD card or hard drive) to the Headquarter of the International Theatre Institute in Shanghai.

International Theatre Institute ITI


1332 Xinzha Road, Jing´an,


China 200040


Mailto: mtn2018(at)

Subject: MTNow 2018 Application Video

Required information:

- name of project

- name of person submitting the work

- download link

- password



Please transfer the amount of RMB 120,- to the following bank account, if you are unable to use Paypal.

Bank Name : 中国工商银行

Account Name : 汤益明

Account No: 622202 1001 066569747

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

Further Questions


We are happy to get in contact with you via email and hope that we can solve your problem.


E-mail to mtnow(at) for any question not answered here, and check the general information or the application guideline.