We’ve been partying hard here this week!

Well, honestly, we’ve been working hard around here this week, but with a party spirit!

Hard to believe it’s been one year since we relaunched the new MusicalWriters.com.

And we couldn’t have done it without you!

Whether you’re in a “flyover” state and feel all alone or in a metropolis of people scrambling to stand out in the crowd, we’re here to tell you you matter.

From the college student with big dreams to the retiree who finally is feeling the weight of their unique, experienced “voice” (and those of you like me who are somewhere in between), we’re here to tell you you can do it.

MusicalWriters Festival speakers Macy Schmidt Drew Gasparini

I live in a town of over 100,000 people, and don’t know one other person in that population who writes musicals. It can get lonely and isolating, and without the community I’ve had to scrap for in other places, I might have given up.

But you know what? That scrappiness and resourcefulness has taught me a few things:

  1. You have to push out of your comfort zone. The personal strength that brings will pay off exponentially in the future.
  2. If you believe in what you’re doing, don’t ever give up. If it’s worth doing, someone out there will recognize that.
  3. You MUST have help. Feedback is the ONLY way to move your show forward. From small questions to general feedback to full-on script reviews, trust the community. Don’t isolate yourself personally and professionally. You need the encouragement, and you also need the criticism. Iron sharpens iron.

I was especially blessed by this email I received this week:

Your list of potential targets for submission is invaluable, worth every penny of my meagre monthly tithe. And a number of the articles, eg: structure, content, etc., have been encouraging (as in, yes, we’ve done just that) and/or illuminating (as in tips for selling the show). So thanks, and keep it coming.
~Ansley, MainStage member in PA

Thank you for the emails, online comments, social posts, and general support you’ve given MusicalWriters.com this past year. I’m honored to serve you and our wonderful community.

Here’s to many more birthdays with you,

Holly