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    2021 Rules & Regulations

    Each Regional Award Programs (RAP) must adhere to the following Rules & Regulations in order to participate in the 2021 Jimmy Awards® / National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®). These Rules & Regulations are only applicable to the Jimmy Awards for the 2020-2021 season due to the ramifications of the pandemic, and are in no way precedent-setting for future years. 


    • The RAP is sponsored by a legitimate professional theatre/company that is a member in good standing of The Broadway League.
    • The sponsoring legitimate professional theatre/company that is a member of The Broadway League has sponsored only one (1) RAP this year (unless an exception is approved by the NHSMTA Advisory Board).
    • The Jimmy Awards encourages diversity regionally whenever possible, including connecting to schools that may not have the budget to produce full-length musicals. We also encourage RAPs to select adjudicators, presenters, and guest performers from BIPOC and under-represented communities.
    • Every participating program must pay the $5,500 Participation Fee in full; the payment must be made by the League Member sponsoring organization.

    Nominee Selection Process

    • Current high school students who are able to perform in musical productions, either in-person or virtually, are eligible to represent a Regional Awards Program as Jimmy Awards Nominees, based upon the students’ performance in a Qualifying Role from a show on the Qualifying Shows List.
    • When possible, the RAP is encouraged to adjudicate student performances, either in person or virtually, through a full-scale Awards Program Model based on a Tony Awards® model (for reference please refer to similar programs such as Gene Kelly Awards, The Blumey Awards, or the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards). All aspects of shows, such as actors, choreography and designers, etc. are judged on performance and production quality.
    • If a high school is not able to produce a musical, that does not necessarily preclude their participation for this year. RAPs may choose to hold an audition process (either in person or virtual) to select their Jimmy Awards Nominees based on the performance of a song selection from a Qualifying Role on the Qualifying Shows List.
    • All students must meet any additional criteria and comply with all regulations as designated by the individual Regional Awards Program’s policies for the 2020-2021 season in order to be eligible as a Jimmy Awards Nominee.
    • All Regional Awards Programs must present/announce award recipients at a culminating ceremony either in person or virtually. At this event, one student is announced as the Jimmy Awards Best Actress Nominee and one student is announced as the Jimmy Awards Best Actor Nominee based on their performances of Qualifying Roles in Approved Musicals in full-length high school productions (either in person or virtual) that took place during the 2020-21 school year, or based on the established audition process set forth by the RAP.
    • For the purpose of NHSMTA, Qualifying Roles will be defined per the list found here. Approved RAPs can appeal roles and musicals for inclusion that may not be on the current list. If a school requests to perform a concert version or junior/101/young performers version of a show on the Qualifying Shows List, and the Regional Awards Program permits the request, the participating students are eligible to be nominated for the 2021 Jimmy Awards.
    • Regional Awards Programs must be able to provide the following information for their two participating Nominees no later than two weeks prior to the start date of the NHSMTA week, regardless of culminating program event/ceremony date:
      • Name (first and last)
      • High school
      • Color Headshot
      • Audition Video
    • Regional Awards Programs must ensure that their two participating Nominees have been announced to the public no later than one week prior to the start date of the NHSMTA week.

    Nominee Requirements

    • A Jimmy Awards Nominee must be a current high school student, grades 9 through 12.
    • A Nominee has participated in one (1) RAP only.
    • A Nominee’s high school has participated in one (1) RAP only.
    • Nominees must be conflict free and available for all days during the NHSMTA week, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, June 20 – Thursday, July 1, 2021.
    • Nominees understand and agree to all possible videotaping, televised opportunities, photos, press interviews, and print advertising (waivers will be provided in the Participant Packet).

    Documentation and Materials

    • Once accepted to participate in the NHSMTA Program, the RAP is required to submit the following necessary documentation in digital form:
      • A list of all participating high schools in your program and the high school’s participating musical, if applicable
      • Each high school musical director’s name, mailing address, email address and phone number
      • The name of another primary contact at the high school, including phone number, email, and mailing address
      • RAP logo
      • RAP adjudication or audition score sheet
      • Three digital images from RAP’s 2021 ceremony (in person or virtual)
      • RAP Chaperone Selection Form, if applicable
      • Chaperone Personal Release/Waiver Form/Medical Information, if applicable
      • Nominee Release/Waiver Forms and Parental Release Form
      • Nominee Medical Information Form
      • Nominee color headshots (current)
      • Nominee resumes formatted to NHSMTA-provided template
      • Nominee one-page essays
      • Nominee bios
      • A video submission featuring each Nominee’s topic response
      • Nominee audition videos
      • Nominee music submissions
    • Please note that all documentation is to be submitted to NHSMTA by the RAP, not by Nominees.
    • Nominee related material requirements are subject to change. Specific guidelines and upload instructions will be provided in the Participation Packet.