Richard Rodgers presenting endowment check
to Jacques Barzun, May 1978

Richard Rodgers Awards

The Richard Rodgers Awards were created and endowed by Richard Rodgers in 1978 for the development of the musical theater. These awards subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. The winners are selected by a jury of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Richard Rodgers Awards are the only awards for which the Academy accepts applications. You can download an application below.

2015 Richard Rodgers Application