2022 Rules & Regulations
Each Regional Award Program (RAP) must adhere to the following Rules & Regulations in order to participate in the 2022 Jimmy Awards® / National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®). These Rules & Regulations are only applicable to the Jimmy Awards for the 2021-2022 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. For additional resources, please see the below section titled “RECOMMENDATIONS TO INCREASE INCLUSION AMONGST PARTICIPANTS.”
- Every participating program must pay the $11,000 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 2021-2022 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 (either in person or virtual) that took place during the 2021-22 school year, or based on the established audition process set forth by the RAP.
- All Regional Awards Programs must select two (2) nominees to participate in the Jimmy Awards.
- 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 2022 Jimmy Awards.
- Regional Awards Programs must be able to provide the following information for their two participating Nominees no later than two (2) weeks prior to the start date of the NHSMTA week, regardless of culminating program event/ceremony date:
- Name (first and last)
- High school
- Qualifying Show and Role (if applicable)
- Color Headshot
- Audition Video
- Regional Awards Programs must ensure that their two participating Nominees have been announced to the public no later than one (1) week prior to the start date of the NHSMTA week.
- 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 Saturday, June 18 – Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
- Nominees are required to travel to New York City to participate in a rigorous week that will include individual coaching and group rehearsals for the Jimmy Awards ceremony.
- 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. Please note that all material requirements are subject to change. Specific guidelines and upload instructions will be provided in the Participation Packet. All documentation is to be submitted to NHSMTA by the RAP, not by Nominees.
- 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 2022 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
Recommendations To Increase Inclusion Amongst Participants
- Create and publish a program Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility statement.
- Actively recruit a panel or group of program adjudicators, teaching artists, and coaches to include diversity of race, gender expression, age, disability status, and cultural background.
- Communicate and be transparent about gender inclusivity practices.
- Offer professional development sessions for teachers/show directors that includes a focus on show selection and appropriate casting to ensure that productions reflect the racial makeup of the school/community.
- Offer anti-racism and/or anti-bias training for adjudicators, teaching artists, coaches, and program/venue staff.
- Consider participation opportunities for students who attend schools that do not currently produce musical productions or who do not meet Jimmy Awards/NHSMTA eligibility requirements.
- Offer scholarships, waivers, or reductions for participation fees.
- Utilize virtual opportunities/programming to reach students and schools that may not be able to participate in-person.
- Include more expansive award categories in addition to performance.
- For additional resources, please see the Broadway League’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Guide available in the Members’ Only section of the Broadway League website.