The 10 prizewinners 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 2019. Practitioners and presenters from all over the world will be in attendance. Music Theatre NOW and award winners are winning a unique opportunity for international exposure and invaluable networking opportunities and advice from other professionals.


In 2019 the convention will again be part of the annual performing arts festival Operadagen in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and is scheduled May18th - 20th 2019. 

Travel, accommodation and meals for the winning artists will be provided by the host organisation (up to two persons per team). 


This meeting, previously called the Music Theatre Workshop, has served as a forum for professionals for many years. The list of works presented over the years includes the following artists:


Michael van der Aa, Jiri Adámek, Louis Andriessen, Georges Aperghis, Giorgio Battistelli, Oscar Bianchi, Hans-Jürgen von Bose, Chaya Czernowin, Pascal Dusapin, Peter Eötvös, Jonas Forssell, Roberto Gerhard, Philip Glass, Heiner Goebbels, Detlev Glanert, Helmut Lachenmann, Liza Lim, Luca Lombardi, Jin Hi Kim, Giacomo Manzoni, Wolfgang Mitterer, Andrea Molino, Per Nörgaard, Jocy de Oliveira, Aribert Reimann, François Sarhan, Alfred Schnittke, Karminia Silec, Mansha Tian, Michael Tippett, Awet Terterjan, Rodion Schehedrin, Judith Weir, Danny Young.



Special Awards

Prizewinners will also qualify for additional prizes in the form of invitations to perform at partner venues throughout the world.  


Operadagen Award

Operadagen (Rotterdam), have proposed inviting at least one production for a guest performance to their festival.


Operadagen Rotterdam is a worldwide opera and music theatre festival featuring contemporary, innovative, and ground-breaking productions by established international makers as well as young and adventurous talent. The festival presents stories about pushing back frontiers and the search for a new identity under the central festival theme Lost & Found from 2017 through 2020. Operadagen Rotterdam lets the audience rediscover classic operas from days long gone in brand-new arrangements as it leaves the beaten tracks with new music theatre performances, and points to exciting and unknown horizons. 


Several other festivals and institutions have signaled their serious interest in inviting winning productions at the MTNOW convention in 2019 and will be present during the event. Among them NOA festival (Lithuania), Prototype Festival (New York) and Beijing Music 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.