Confirmed victory
Petitioning Drama Desk President Isa Goldberg and 1 other

Reinstate the Drama Desk Award for Best Orchestrations

3,107
Supporters

For years the Drama Desk recognized orchestration while the Tonys did not - until 1997 this was the only award that recognized our work. The Drama Desk was also the first to have awards for sound design. As you have been in the forefront of recognizing creative contributions, we fail to see the logic in your now continuing to honor design elements like sound and lights but not our musical efforts.

Orchestration is a creative element that stays with the identity of a show for many years after the original physical design (sets, costumes, lights) are no longer used. Not to diminish the work of the composers of musicals in any way, the orchestrations for their scores remain part of the score's identity for posterity.

Simply put, without the orchestrations a musical is not a musical. For the Drama Desks to blatantly ignore the contributions of orchestrators is to stop recognizing one of the most important elements of the industry you're claiming to represent.

We hope that you will reconsider and rectify this omission and restore the integrity that we have known the Drama Desk to have in past years.

Letter to
Drama Desk President Isa Goldberg
Drama Desk President Isa Goldberg
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Drama Desk President Isa Goldberg.

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Reinstate the Drama Desk Award for Best Orchestrations

For years the Drama Desk recognized orchestration while the Tonys did not - until 1997 this was the only award that recognized our work. The Drama Desk was also the first to have awards for sound design. As you have been in the forefront of recognizing creative contributions, we fail to see the logic in your now continuing to honor design elements like sound and lights but not our musical efforts.

Orchestration is a creative element that stays with the identity of a show for many years after the original physical design (sets, costumes, lights) are no longer used. Not to diminish the work of the composers of musicals in any way, the orchestrations for their scores remain part of the score's identity for posterity.

Some of us have been fortunate enough to receive Drama Desk nominations or awards. Some of us have not and this year's awards were a first chance for our work to be recognized by our peers. That opportunity has been taken away from us with no explanation. Instead we see our collaborators work recognized and nominated, and our contribution deemed of no importance.

We hope that you will reconsider and rectify this omission and restore the integrity that we have known the Drama Desk to have in past years.
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Sincerely,