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The New York Musical Festival Ceases Operations

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • January 2, 2020

The New York Music Festival has ceased operations immediately

The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) has announced that it will cease operations immediately, citing “the arts funding crisis in the United States” as a main cause. The NYMF Board could see no clear path forward. The NYMF, started in 2004, was an annual three-week summer festival which presented and fostered the development of new musicals in New York City.

The Board of Directors of the NYMF released the following statement:

The Board of Directors of the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) announced today that after 15 years of presenting vibrant, new musical theater, NYMF will cease operation immediately.

The first Festival, staged in 2004, featured over 30 new fully staged full-length musicals and was met with critical and popular acclaim. More than 400 shows have premiered at the Festival since then, featuring more than 8,000 artists and entertaining more than 300,000 audience members. The musicals and artists introduced at NYMF have, in turn, gone on to further successes on and Off-Broadway, across the country, and around the globe – reaching literally millions of theatergoers worldwide.

NYMF was honored with a 2013 Drama Desk Award recognizing its first decade of creating and nurturing new musical theatre, ensuring the future of this essential art form.

It is with a heavy heart that we face the reality of the arts funding crisis in the United States. It has caught up with NYMF. The Board and donors have been valiantly subsidizing NYMF operations for 15 years, but looking ahead, we do not see a clear path forward.

The Board would like to praise the current executive director Scott Pyne, artistic director West Hyler, their staffs, and the hundreds of creative teams who have participated over the years to create excellent new musicals.

The legacy of NYMF will live on in productions seen around the world for many years to come.

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