The Residency





Deadline and fee

Selection process









Applications have closed for 2019. 

Look for info on 2020 applications in January 2020

We are leaving the information for 2019 applications to provide a sense of our process.  Please note that guidelines and the application could change in 2020.

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is hosting 9 consecutive weeklong residencies between June 30 and September 1 in summer 2019 for musical theatre writing teams. Each team receives a private retreat and lives in their own home in the Hudson Valley near Rhinebeck, NY. There is only one musical theatre writing team in residence each week. There are no actors available, as this retreat focuses solely on writing new musicals.


All the writers' costs are covered by our generous donors including New York State Council on the Arts, The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, The Noël Coward Foundation, The Frederick Loewe Foundation, and hundreds of individual donors. Thanks to them, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat provides for each writing team:


  • A fully furnished private home for one week, Sunday to Sunday

  • Food – you shop on your first day and cook for yourself

  • Piano – A Yamaha AvantGrand N3 hybrid baby grand piano, an upright acoustic piano, and Yamaha P125 digital keyboard. 

  • Travel -- Round trip train from NYC to Poughkeepsie. If you live outside of NYC, we reimburse actual travel expenses up to $750 per writer.

  • A $500 stipend for each writer

  • Peer advisor – If you wish, you can work with one of our Sounding Board members (artistic advisors) before arriving in Rhinebeck to discuss your goals for your week.

The first application deadline with no fee has passed. There is a fee of $20 for the final application deadline, which is February 16 at 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Selection Process:

There are two rounds of evaluation. In the first round, applications are reviewed by 2 readers and are judged on the quality of the musical. You will know by late-March whether or not your application will continue to the final round. In the final round, all applications are read by members of our Sounding Board, who judge on the quality of the musical and the writers' goals for their week as stated in the "Background and Artistic Goals." The final selection will be made in late April.


Before you begin the online application, you must read "Eligibility, Requirements, and Guidelines" and, additionally, have all your information ready and complete it in one sitting. This page lists all you need to gather to complete the application and has the link to the online application.

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to email

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