NEO (an acronym for "New, Emerging, Outstanding") celebrates songwriters primed to pen the next generation of musicals. Since the first NEO concert in 2003 — recorded by England's JAY Records — musical theatre fans and York supporters eagerly anticipate each incarnation.
In this new NEO format, which began in 2012, the concert kicks off a year of activity for each writer. NEO artists receive a developmental reading during the course of the year and are assigned an established producing mentor for the selected project. Past producing mentors have included Eva Price, John Pinckard, Janet Brenner, Deborah Taylor, Patrick Catullo, and Alan & Barbara Marks.