So Proudly We Hailed – Opportunity

 

I received an email from the Executive Director of New Musicals Inc. yesterday. He asked me if I could help get the word out to veterans who have stories to tell, or writers and composers who might want to be involved in adapting stories for a musical webseries. The So Proudly We Hailed event’s tagline is “a musical webseries honoring veterans in their own words.” I wanted to share this unique opportunity with you. I also found the New Musicals Inc. organization interesting and would have never known about them had they not reached out to me.

Here are the details on their Call for Submissions from their website’s submissions page at www.nmi.org/veterans.

Call for Submissions

We are looking for:

  • Veterans with compelling personal stories to tell. This will be a devised writing process, so no pressure. If you can tell it, we can write it.
  • Scriptwriters/lyricists to adapt the stories into musical episodes.
  • Composers to create songs and tracks for the episodes.

Honorees

Twelve finalists will be announced. Four to six honorees’ stories will be workshopped and filmed as musical video shorts. Each honoree will receive $1,000.

Each composer/lyricist/book writer will receive a one time royalty of $250. Composers will receive a one time arranging fee of $150.  Copyright will remain with the authors; you will own your work.

Each story will be no more than 10 minutes long. These will be filmed as singular, one person, pieces.

We will register the piece through the Screen Actors Guild New Media Agreement. New Musicals Inc. will develop and produce each episode.

This project is hosted by New Musicals Inc., This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

What to submit

Composers/lyricists/book writers, please submit:

  1. Brief bio (50-100 words)
  2. Links to at least two samples of your writing
  3. Vision statement (100-300 words): Tell us why this project appeals to you. Do you have a history or affinity with veterans? What’s your background in writing internet scripts/songs?
  4. We will ask composers about their ability to create a track for the episode (optional).

Veterans, please submit:

  1. Brief description of your story (100-200 words). This can be fairly casual prose…a synopsis or an outline would work. You can be from any section of the armed forces, in any nation.
  2. A video or audio telling of the story. Don’t worry about the quality of recording. A phone is fine.
  3. Brief biography of your personal history (100-200 words).
  4. Vision statement. (100-200 words) Why do you want to tell this story? Who should hear your story?
  5. We’ll also ask you whether you would like us to consider you to be your own script writer or composer.

Good luck!