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So you’re thinking of joining one of our workshops …
Great news! We hope you’ve heard wonderful things, had a good look around the site or even seen the work of our talented members. Here’s a few final points before you complete your application.
How it works
You can apply to either the Composer/Lyricist group or Librettist (Book Writer) group. If you’re applying to the Composer/Lyricist group, we encourage you to focus on one area of practice: either as lyricist OR composer. If you apply as a composer/lyricist, you won’t benefit from working in partnership, which is a foundation of musical theatre collaboration.
The Composer/Lyricist group
Our first-year composers and lyricists meet on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm, beginning on Wednesday 26 February. If you join this group, you’ll become familiar with the many facets of musical theatre song through practical exercises and professional support. Working in regularly-changing pairs, you’ll create and present a variety of song types, such as the 11 o’clock number, the ballad, the choral, the duet and the charm song. This is a great opportunity to focus on your chosen discipline (lyrics or music), and maybe find that long-term writing partner you’ve been looking for. You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with members of the Librettist Group on a mini musical to present at the end of the year.
The Librettist group (Book Writers)
Our librettists meet on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm, beginning on Tuesday 25 February. If you join this group, you’ll become familiar with the many facets of a musical theatre book through practical exercises and professional support. Together you’ll create work that focuses on characterisation, the story engine, structure, tone and exposition. You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with members of the Composer/Lyricist Group on a mini musical to present at the end of the year.
How much does it cost?
A year’s membership, for 30 sessions, is £400, which makes it great value for money. This is payable in full before your first session. You can also pay monthly over 10 instalments of £45 from February to November by Direct Debit.
If cost is a barrier
In exceptional circumstances, we offer a discretionary bursary when financial need can be proven. Should the BML Board agree to grant support, a successful bursary candidate must commit to the entire year and contribute to the support of BML administration. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Most of our workshops take place at The Actors’ Centre in central London, which is accessible. However, we don’t currently have the funding to guarantee signers or support workers. If this affects you, please feel free to get in touch about your application. We will do our very best to see how we can help.
We've extended this year's deadline to Friday 31 January 2020.
Auditions & interviews
Auditions for composers and lyricists will be held in central London on Sunday 9th February. Interviews for Librettists will be organised on application.
This year’s workshop schedule
We run 30 sessions for each group throughout the year, every week (except those with a Monday Bank Holiday). We take a break in July and August and finish the year's workshops in November.