The National Alliance for Musical Theater has picked up a $60,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sum is the highest awarded for 2009 to a legit org by the NEA, which doles out coin to NAMT in support of the org’s annual fall conference and its fest of developing tuners.

The festival of new work, an industry showcase for legit producers and presenters, has played a role in the development of musicals including “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Also on the legit list of NEA recipients are Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater ($50,000), Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater ($45,000), Manhattan Theater Club ($40,000), The Civilians ($20,000) and Soho Rep ($10,000).