The Joseph Samuels Grant for Musical Theater is open to individuals who possess a passion for musical theater and demonstrate a commitment to artistic excellence. Eligible applicants include playwrights, composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, performers, and other aspiring artists who are eager to contribute to the vibrant landscape of musical theater.

To be considered for the grant, applicants must:

  • Be passionate about musical theater and dedicated to pursuing a career in the field.
  • Showcase their artistic talent, creativity, and potential for growth in their application materials.
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need for educational support in pursuing their musical theater aspirations.
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older at the time of application.

The Joseph Samuels Grant for Musical Theater welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds and experiences. We encourage diversity and inclusivity within our applicant pool, believing that a variety of perspectives enriches the artistic community.

Essay Prompt

In your essay, please reflect on your passion for musical theater and describe how receiving the Joseph Samuels Grant for Musical Theater would support your artistic goals and aspirations. Consider addressing the following questions:

  1. What inspired you to pursue a career in musical theater, and what motivates you to continue on this path?
  2. How do you envision using the grant funds to further your education and training in musical theater?
  3. What impact do you hope to make in the world of musical theater, and how do you see yourself contributing to the industry in the future?

We encourage you to share personal anecdotes, experiences, and insights that highlight your unique journey and perspective as an aspiring artist in the field of musical theater. Your essay should be no more than 500 words in length and should be submitted along with your application materials by the specified deadline.





The deadline to apply for the Grant is December 15, 2024.


The winner for the Grant will be announced on January 15, 2025.

How To Apply

To apply for the Joseph Samuels Grant for Musical Theater, simply follow these steps:

  1. Write a compelling essay addressing the provided prompt, showcasing your passion for musical theater and detailing how the grant will support your artistic goals.
  2. Gather any additional application materials required, such as a resume or portfolio, if applicable.
  3. Email your completed application materials to [email protected].
  4. Ensure that your application is submitted before the specified deadline to be considered for the grant.

That’s it! We look forward to receiving your application and learning more about your journey in the world of musical theater.