Letters of Inquiry

Are you a non-profit organization that would like assistance developing or producing a new musical? We’d like to hear from you. Submit a letter of inquiry using the following guidelines.


1.   Opening summary statement – 1 paragraph

We should know what you want to do from reading this paragraph. Make it clear.  Answer the following:

Who wants to do what?-

  • How much is being requested? We fund up to $1,500 for early presentations, $5,000 for developmental workshops, and up to $10,000 for full-scale productions.
  • Is your request a portion of a larger project cost?
  • Over what period of time is money being requested?
  • Make the connection between our mission and your project. We give special consideration to works by or about women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Keep this paragraph short!


2.   Synopsis – 1 paragraph

Provide a brief, one paragraph synopsis of the musical you are seeking funding for.


3.   The writers – 1 paragraph each

Provide a brief biography of each of the writers.


4.   Statement of need – 1 or 2 paragraphs

Explain the issues you are addressing. Explain why you have chosen to respond to these issues in the way that you have. Note who benefits. Make sure you indicate the good that will be achieved.


5.   Project activity – 1 paragraph

Give an overview of the activities involved. Give details to the degree that space allows. Highlight why your approach is deserving of the special attention that funding connotes. Indicate if there will be collaboration with other organizations and what their roles will be. Be specific about who does what.


6.   Outcomes – 1 or 2 paragraphs

State the specific outcomes you hope to achieve. Indicate how evaluation is part of the project. How will you know you’ve achieved these outcomes?


7.   Credentials – 1 or 2 paragraphs

Demonstrate why your institution or your staff is best equipped to carry out this activity. Put any historic background about your institution here.


8.    Budget – 1 or 2 paragraphs

General description of the project’s funding needs and total amount of request.

Again, we fund up to $1,500 for early presentations, $5,000 for developmental workshops, and $10,000 for full-scale productions.


9.    Who to contact

Let us know who to contact regarding your letter of inquiry. Please provide an email address and phone number.


Email your letter of inquiry to info@thenfmt.org.


Format your subject line as follows:

Name of institution –  Name of the musical – Letter of Inquiry


If we’d like to learn more, we’ll request a 20-page writing sample and five or more musical selections. We try to respond to all inquires within four weeks