Business Affairs

Model Contracts

No contract is “one size fits all!”

Because the Guild tracks national and worldwide trends, we are able to provide certain model contracts that reflect up-to-date industry standards. We encourage our members to use these models to educate themselves and use as a guide when entering into productions or collaborations.

Most of our contracts are available to download as PDF files. The first-class Approved Production Contract for Plays and Approved Production Contract for Musicals (APC) must be purchased and are available in a printed booklet. Please note that members must pay additional dues (i.e., “assessments”) based on the members’ royalties earned from productions presented under the APC. For more about assessments, please visit the Assessments information page.

Only current members of the Guild may view, download, or request sample contracts.

NEW! DEVISED THEATRE CONTRACTS

  • DEVISED THEATRE AGREEMENTS & MANUAL
    Four contract models designed specifically for devised theater. Accompanying the contract models is an innovative Devised Theater Resource Manual, which includes, among other things, an explanation of legal principles, discussions about craft, and a glossary of terms.

PRODUCTION CONTRACTS

UNDERLYING RIGHTS AGREEMENTS

  • FORM OF UNDERLYING RIGHTS FOR MUSICALS
    Form of an option agreement used for an author to obtain the basic right to adapt a work as a musical from an existing work in which a second author holds copyright. This form only deals with the acquisition of the option to adapt a copyrighted work and hold a staged reading. It does not guarantee the right to stage an actual production beyond the initial presentation.
  • FORM OF UNDERLYING RIGHTS FOR PLAYS
    Form of an option agreement used for an author to obtain the basic right to adapt a work as a straight play from an existing work in which a second author holds copyright. This form only deals with the acquisition of the option to adapt a copyrighted work and hold a staged reading. It does not guarantee the right to stage an actual production beyond the initial presentation.

COMMISSION AGREEMENT

  • FORM OF COMMISSION AGREEMENT (PLAYS/MUSICALS)
    Agreement between a commissioning producer and author(s) to write and revise a script. The author(s) retain(s) the sole ownership of the play and maintain(s) control over additions, changes, and modifications. This agreement covers only the writing of a new piece and the producer’s right to acquire the option to produce the work. It does not cover the production of the work’s premiere, for which a separate contract must be entered into.

COLLABORATION AGREEMENTS

  • FORM OF COLLABORATION AGREEMENT FOR MUSICALS
    Form agreement for collaboration between authors writing a musical. It is in the best interest of parties to enter into a collaboration agreement early in the creative process, to avoid potential difficulties that could arise at a later time.
  • FORM OF COLLABORATION AGREEMENT FOR PLAYS
    Form agreement for collaboration between authors writing a straight play. It is in the best interest of parties to enter into a collaboration agreement early in the creative process, to avoid potential difficulties that could arise at a later time.