The 6 prize winners will be invited to present their works in short lectures with sound and video excerpts at the international convention of Music Theatre NOW in Rotterdam in May 2022 in the frame of O. – Festival for Opera. Music. Theatre. (formely Operadagen Rotterdam). This meeting has served as a forum for professionals for many years. Practitioners and presenters from all over the world will be in attendance. Music Theatre NOW Award winners are winning a unique opportunity for international exposure and invaluable networking opportunities and advice from other professionals.


Travel, accommodation and meals for the winning artists will be provided by the host organisation (at least one person per team) and they will be invited to actively take part in workshops, panels and networking events.


Members of the MTNow Network will continuously take opportunities to promote the winning projects at several occasions. Showcase sessions for MTNow had for example taken place at Opera America New Works Forum, Scenenkonstbiennalen Sweden or Beijing Music Festival. 


Guest Performances

Prize winners will also qualify for additional prizes in the form of invitations to perform at partner venues throughout the world, depending on size and content of the production. 


O. – Festival for Opera. Music. Theatre. (Rotterdam)

- minimum of 1-2 live performances (depending on size)

- online presentation in digital festival program of all work*


Teatrix MX (Mexico)

– hosting of all productions in the streaming catalogue**


Several other festivals and institutions have signaled their serious interest in inviting and/or streaming winning productions in 2022 and 2023. Among them Prototype Festival (New York), NOA Festival (Lithuania),  Beijing Music Festival (China), Cape Town Opera (South Africa), Gare du Nord (Switzerland) and  Swedish Performing Arts Biennale.


*  all online / streaming presentations will be adequately financially compensated 

** Teatrix MX offers to pay fair royalties based on the number of viewers



Prize winners are eligible for an exclusive opportunity to have a three-month residency in Munich, offered by Artist In Residence Munich in cooperation with Meta Theater. There is one position available from April to June, 2022 and one position from January to March, 2023. 

Prototype Festival New York invites a group of artists to a VIP experience at the festival 2022 (tickets to shows, rehearsals, interactions with presenters and artists, and a cocktail party / travel, housing or meals cannot be covered by festival).



Music Theatre NOW is not just a competition and platform for innovation, but also a growing archive for contemporary music theatre which is open to students, scholars, artists and anyone interested from all over the world. This is an invaluable recourse, providing insight into the production of music theatre.

MTNOW offers the opportunity for all competition entrants to be included in this fantastic archive which already contains more than 1000 new productions of music theatre from the last decade.