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Where will the MusicalWriters Festival be held?

The Hyatt Regency Frisco – Dallas will be the home base and venue of our Festival.  Stay in the middle of everything that’s happening and reserve your room at the event hotel. MusicalWriters Festival Attendees receive a preferred room rate of $175 plus tax.

You may reserve your room by clicking here or by calling the hotel directly at 402-501-9884 (use code: G-MUSI.)

Where should I stay?

At the Hyatt Regency Frisco – Dallas of course!  You may reserve your room by clicking here or by calling the hotel directly at 402-501-9884 (use code: G-MUSI).

In addition to the unmatched convenient access to all the events of the MusicalWriters Festival, all attendees staying at the hotel can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, pool, and gym access during their stay. A covered walkway connects the Hyatt Regency Frisco to the Stonebriar Centre – Shopping Mall. With nearly 200 tenants, including shops, restaurants, a cinema and activity spaces, there’s plenty to do! No car required.

This hotel is also home to Copper & Steel Bar and Copper & Steel Market so whether you need a quick boost (Market) or want to wind down with some food and beverages (Bar) you can do both onsite at the Hyatt Regency Frisco. Also enjoy the Steel Horse Cabana: a poolside rooftop lunch option open May – September.

Just a quick 5 mile or 10 minute drive up the Sam Rayburn Tollway and you’ll find yourself at Grandscape in The Colony. A massive 433 acre retail and entertainment development featuring a Nebraska Furniture Mart, 26 restaurants, a brewery, an indoor go-karting venue, movie theaters, a Ferris wheel and MORE!!!

A short trek away you will also find indoor skydiving (iFly), IKEA, the Texas Sculpture Garden, Riders Field (home ballpark of the Frisco RoughRiders Class AA minor league baseball club), and multiple golf courses. 

What is the Festival schedule?

Detailed schedule coming soon! Here’s a loose itinerary to help you make initial travel plans:

Friday, July 12: Hotel check-in at 4:00 PM, registration opens at 5:00 PM, grab some dinner and be back for the New Works Cabaret at 7:00 PM. Stay up late with us for the Open Mic Night!

Saturday, July 13: Take advantage of valuable networking time over breakfast (included) — then we’re off! A jam-packed day of events including a keynote presentation by Amanda Green, breakout sessions, feedback panels, Pitch Night (think Shark Tank for new musicals) and exclusive performances of the best new work from our amazing writers and attendees.

Sunday, July 14: Enjoy breakfast and coffee with new friends, colleagues and collaborators. No official Festival activities, but we’re hosting a few Table Reads. If you have a late flight out, you are welcome to stick around and be our table read audience!


Never been to Frisco/Dallas? Plenty of sightseeing opportunities – come in on Thursday or stay until Monday to make the most of your travel! Need recommendations? Visit Hyatt Events & Attractions Page or Visit Frisco for top travel picks. 


For dinner recommendations, see below!

Any recs for great places to eat?

You are on your own for dinner Friday night before the New Works Cabaret and lunch on Saturday. Here is a list of restaurants within walking (and shuttle/Uber) distance of the hotel:

Mall Food Court

Just walk across the covered bridge and you are in the Stonebriar Centre Food Court. With classic food choices like Sbarro, Sonic, Popeye’s, Chick Fil-A, Panda Express, and Which Wich as well as lesser known options like Dallas Tacos, Kelly’s Cajun Grill, Sarku Japan, and Charley’s Grilled Subs you are guaranteed to find something that pleases your palette and those of everyone in your group.

Walkable Favorites

If the food court isn’t your jam, check out the other restaurants in the mall such as Cheesecake Factory or Smokin Oak Wood Fired Pizza or just walk through the parking lots to Merkado Mexican Grill & Bar, Buca di Beppo, Jason’s Deli, or Wild Pitch Sports Bar & Grill. 

Nearby Casual Dining (Must Drive)

Legacy Hall provides a wide range of food options in an upscale food court style 3-story center, Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, Norma’s Cafe is perfect for breakfast/brunch/lunch, Torchy’s Tacos, Cotton Patch Cafe, Genghis Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, or Rodeo Goat

Nearby Upscale Dining

Bazille (inside Nordstrom in the mall), EG Steak and Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille (across the parking lots), Eddie V’s Upscale Seafood (across the highway, must drive), Turkish Cafe & Lounge (across the highway, must drive), and Vrindival Indian Vegetarian (must drive) 

I'm not familiar with DFW. Can you help me with best travel plans?


The closest airport to our venue is DFW International Airport, which is home to American Airlines. You can get there from just about anywhere! It’s around 25 minutes from our festival hotel, so plan to snag an Uber or similar rideshare to get from the airport to the hotel. You can check out all the DFW Transportation options here: DFW Transportation

Dallas Love Field is about a 50 minute drive to Frisco and offers flights with Southwest, Alaska, and Delta. You can find all the ride sharing information for DAL here: DAL Transportation

Shuttle Service

Hyatt Regency Frisco-Dallas is pleased to offer complimentary shuttle service within a 3 miles radius of the hotel on a first come first serve basis. Hours of operations may vary. Please see front desk staff for details. Please note: This is not a shuttle service to or from the Airport.

Downtown Frisco is a bustling, beautiful area with fun nightlife, good eats, and pretty much anything you could possibly want within a short drive – the perfect place to soak up the excitement and friendly ambiance of Frisco.  A rental car is needed if you plan to explore beyond the Hyatt Regency Dallas – Frisco and Stonebriar Centre. Want to see what all there is to do in Frisco? Check out Visit Frisco!

How do I submit my show for the In-Person Pitch Night?

Gather your completed script, piano/vocal score, synopsis and demos and submit here for the opportunity to pitch your show LIVE and IN-PERSON at our Festival Pitch Night.
Five to seven writing teams will be selected to present a 5-minute pitch to all Festival attendees, directors, producers and creators of theatre.

How do I sign up for the New Works Cabaret and Song Feedback Sessions?

Gather your piano/vocal score and demos (if available) and submit here for the opportunity to hear your songs performed by local top DFW talent and our Broadway pros!

Note: Festival registration is not a guarantee that your song will be performed, but it is our desire to feature as many submissions as possible between our New Works Cabaret, Open Mic Nights and Feedback Panels.

Can I only submit one song for cabaret/workshop consideration?

You can submit up to three (3) selections from each show. 

I have lead sheets and recorded demos, but the piano/vocal sheet music is in process. Is it OK to submit what I have, then provide the sheet music when ready?

You can submit what you have, but piano/vocal is definitely preferred because it allows us to really get a feel for what the final product will be at the cabaret.

What is the deadline to submit songs?

We will be crafting all of the line ups (Friday night cabaret, Open Mic nights, Feedback workshops) through June 20. 

When will the songs selections be announced?

July 1!

Are there any scholarship opportunities?

Yes! We are excited to offer scholarship opportunities in partnership with SheARTS and Maestra. We have a total of five all-inclusive scholarships available:

SheARTS Scholarships (4 available): Open to aspiring and established musical writers, playwrights, and composers who are part of a gender marginalized group, including cis women, trans people, and non-binary people.

Maestra Scholarship (1 available): Available to members of the Maestra Directory.

For more details on eligibility and to apply, please visit the links provided above. Both applications are due by May 30, and scholarship recipients will be announced on June 15.

What is your cancellation policy?

If your cancellation request is received on or before June 1, 2024, your festival admission is refundable but subject to a $25 service fee. Due to financial obligations incurred by LLC, if your cancellation request is received between June 2 & July 1, 2024, you will receive a 50% refund. No refunds or credits will be issued on cancellation requests received after July 1, 2024. Please submit your cancellation request to

Why Join Us

New Ideas

Bring your notepad—you’re gonna want to write this stuff down!

Creative Speakers

Our speakers have been where you are. They will inspire you to keep going!


The new person you meet might change your life. Show up for that!

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