PERFECT PITCH - Submission FAQs
For details on criteria and how to submit your work to Perfect Pitch please click on the SUBMIT button above.
Please read on for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Perfect Pitch and our submissions process. We regularly update this page with additional questions but if you are still unable to find the answers you are looking for please email wendy@perfectpitchmusicals with your query.
I LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE UK, CAN I STILL SUBMIT?
As part of our funding agreement with Arts Council England we are dedicated to supporting emerging artists currently living permanently within the United Kingdom. In the past we have worked with overseas writers as part of a predominantly UK based writing team but unfortunately found our development process is unable to serve the best interests of the show unless the full team reside here. We develop our musicals by working with a host of UK based partners including regional venues and training establishments. The rigorous nature of developing shows from such early stages in workshops, readings, creative meetings etc. can require writers to be available to attend events often at short notice when a partner may offer a last minute opportunity.
I'M LOOKING FOR A BOOK WRITER / COMPOSER FOR MY SHOW, CAN I SUBMIT ANYWAY? CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANYONE?
We are unlikely to be able to 'match-make' with a collaborator for your project. When this has worked successfully for us in the past it has come from us having previously worked with both writers and understanding their work very well individually before suggesting they may work well together and compliment each other. There are some wonderful organisations for writers in the UK such as Book, Music and Lyrics and Mercury Musicals Developments who provide excellent opportunities to discover collaborators. There is also a fantastic event called Signal that showcases the work of musical theatre writers and it is worth checking out their previous concerts online, particularly if you are looking for a composer to work with. We are currently requesting writers only submit their musical to us when the full writing team is in place.
MY SHOW IS FULLY DEVELOPED AND READY FOR PRODUCTION, WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN TAKING A LOOK AS PRODUCERS OF GLOBAL MUSICALS?
Global Musicals is not currently accepting unsolicited scripts.
IF MY SHOW IS TAKEN ON FOR DEVELOPMENT BY PERFECT PITCH WHO OWNS THE RIGHTS / HOW MUCH WILL YOU PAY FOR THE SHOW / DO YOU TAKE A ROYALTY?
Perfect Pitch is a not-for-profit development partner and not a producer, we are not commissioning or optioning the musical for production. The rights are always retained by the writers. We don't pay the writers for the right to develop their show. We fund all development stages, workshops, readings, showcases. All professional creatives are paid a minimum daily rate of £100 a day, and we do not ask musicians, actors, designers or any creatives involved in our shows to work for free unless they are students currently in training. We also pay the writers at the same rate for all the developmental days they attend. On average a one-week workshop costs Perfect Pitch around £7500, a read through costs around £1500, demo recordings cost around £10,000 - £15,000 and one-off showcases can cost anything from around £30,000 to over £100,000. Perfect Pitch do not take any fees for their own work and time in these development budgets. In return for the creative and financial support that Perfect Pitch provides throughout the development of the show, they ask the writers to agree a simple contract that gives Perfect Pitch a share of the future earnings the writers may make from the exploitation of the show. The agreed share differs from project to project dependent on the level of development required, but is similar to that an agent may take as commission. As a non-profit organisation any income made by Perfect Pitch is paid back into the development funds for future projects. We begin all our relationships with writers in good faith and don't encourage any writers to sign the agreement until they have worked with us for a short time and are all confident we will be able to help them take their show through to full development and production.
CAN I APPLY WITH A SHOW I'VE PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED TO PERFECT PITCH?
We keep all the previously submitted shows on file and often look back through them when looking for work to recommend to other producers/venues looking for projects with perhaps a different remit to us. (We will not pass on any work submitted to us to any other parties without your prior consent). Please only re-submit a show if you feel it has undergone some substantial re-writes or a different re-imagining of the overall concept/idea.
MY SHOW ALREADY HAS A VENUE / PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / CAST MEMBER ATTACHED, CAN I STILL SUBMIT TO PERFECT PITCH?
Yes, please just ensure all these details are given to us on your initial e-mail.
I'VE ALREADY MADE THE DEMOS TO THE MUSICAL AVAILABLE ONLINE, CAN I STILL APPLY?
Yes, providing they are publicised as just demo recordings and not a full album or for sale. We are only looking for work in developmental stages which means any existing music is likely to be further developed or re-written as part of the process.
THERE IS GOING TO BE A PRODUCTION OF MY MUSICAL, WILL SOMEBODY FROM PERFECT PITCH COME AND SEE IT?
If you would like us to attend your performance, please submit the show via e-mail using the formal submission process and include all the required information as outlined on the submit page. If we feel the show fits our criteria and providing it is a work-in-progress production we will do our best to attend if invited with plenty of notice and if we feel it may be something we could collaborate on. We always recommend writers hold performances for industry within daytime working hours for optimised attendance and record performances to offer video links to those unable to attend in person.