Songwriting Challenge

When we were kids, we dreamed of having a home and place where we could belong. And theatre and cast albums were that thing for us.
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

The next generation of musical theatre songwriters compete for a chance to showcase their composition while receiving coveted mentorship from musical theatre masters

About the Competition

Songwriting Challenge: Tips and Tricks with composer Sam Willmott from American Theatre Wing on Vimeo.


In partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts, Songwriting Challenge is a competition for high school songwriters to compete on the national level. Students across the nation compose music for the chance to bring their musical theatre song to New York City, learn from musical theatre professionals, and compete with five regional finalists for the national title.

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students (the “Songwriting Challenge”) began in 2016 as an opportunity for students in three cities to showcase their songwriting talents as they competed regionally for the opportunity to participate in a final competition in New York City.

The National Champion will be awarded a scholarship of $25,000 and all six finalists will have their song published by Samuel French. The application portal opens on October 2, 2017 and must be submitted by January 12, 2018. Six regional semi-finalists will be announced in February and the national competition among the six regional semi-finalists will be held in April in New York City.




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