We have had confirmation that the BML (Book Music and Lyrics) Workshop, run by David James, has received an ACE grant for 2011. This means that we will be able to add a lyrics and music workshop to the already running librettists workshop.
This workshop is based on the New York BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop which has been nurturing musical writing in America since 1961. David James was a member of the New York BMI for many years and so is able to pass on his knowledge and expertise to this long awaited UK workshop.
This is the most exciting and productive workshop group I have ever belonged to as a writer. David was very careful in his choice of writers and in the year that we have been together it has become a very close knit and productive group. Many of us have had workshops and productions of our work and the workshop nurtures new writing and a hot bed of discussion about the forms and technique of Musical Theatre writing. This is the kind of thing the Arts Council needs to develop and I am ecstatic that they have recognised that what is happening here is worthwhile.