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Mission & History

 

Mission

ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com is committed to creating access for musical theatre performers and teachers trying to find and purchase under-sung contemporary songs. We strive to grow our business by celebrating writers of all intersections of identity and experience, making sure they solely benefit from the sales of their songs, and by designing a forward-thinking, ever-evolving database that inspires our diverse subscribers to connect with exceptional contemporary writers and songs.

As the largest database of contemporary writers and songs, subscribers gain access to hundreds of songs - searchable by voice and song type - which they can then listen to, purchase, and download. All writers receive 100% of their song sales — we are the only company to do this. We forge relationships with colleges and universities and offer masterclasses and workshops to teach young artists the specific skill sets necessary to work on new musicals. We also passionately promote new music and new musical theatre writers.

 

History

ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com was founded in November 2012 as a database of writers and songs. In 2016, the site launched an online sheet music purchasing platform so subscribers could have direct access to our wide collection of songs. By circumventing the normal publishing models, we have created a resource that helps subscribers find a wide breadth of repertoire that falls underneath the large colorful golf umbrella of what contemporary musical theatre is today. In 2020, we launched an audition cuts platform, giving subscribers access to fantastic long and short cuts of many contemporary songs.

ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com has produced several concerts, including a Launch Concert at Second Stage hosted by Seth Rudtesky in January 2013, a concert at 54 Below entitled "Binders Full of Women's Songs" starring Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford (in conjunction with City Center's production of Cryer and Ford's I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking it On the Road) in July 2013, and a Fifth Anniversary Concert at Green Room 42 in March 2018.

Co-owners David Sisco and Laura Josepher have also led many masterclasses and workshops at colleges and unviersities, both nationally and internationally, including: NYU Steinhardt, Rider University, University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, and Den Danske Scenekunstskole to name a few. They also presented 2019 MTEA Conference and the 2020 NATS Virtual Conference. 

David & Laura at the 5th Anniversary Concert (photo: Dan Mayers)

 

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Writers

We have recently updated our submission guidelines and process to create more inclusion on our site. Click here to read the guidelines. Click here to read about this quarter's submission review panel.