The Foundation for New American Musicals, originally The Festival for New American Musicals Foundation, began more than a decade ago with the vision of introducing southern California to classic and new musicals to expand the audience for them and ensure them a part in the cultural conversation. In its initial years it presented more than 1700 performances at 83 venues from Santa Barbara to San Diego for audiences totaling more than 1.75 million. In 2015 the Board adopted a different mission: to educate, mentor and showcase the next generation of musicals for the stage, screen and new media.
Musicals translate experiences across time and space to create a new understanding and empathy across cultures, ethnicities and generations.
Through our four major programs, we support composers, lyricists and book writers of all backgrounds from high school to college to graduate school and beyond.