Business Affairs

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

Contact contracts@dramatistsguild.com to order copies of our sample contracts in PDF form. Please note that due to the large amount of requests we receive, it may take up to 48 hours for your request to be processed.

Members can preview the contracts now by clicking the linked titles below.

Approved Production Contract for Musicals

Form contract for Broadway/First Class musical productions. Requires Guild certification. The Executive or Associate Director must approve all requests for APCs before they can be released.

Approved Production Contract for Plays

Form contract for Broadway/First Class straight plays. Requires Guild certification. The Executive or Associate Director must approve all requests for APCs before they can be released.

Dramatic Production Contract – LA

Form of 99 Seat Theatre Contract for small theatres presenting productions.

Dramatic Production Contract – NY Showcase

Form of 99 Seat Theatre Contract for small theatres presenting AEA showcases.

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.

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.

Form of Licensing Agreement

A basic license, it grants the rights for a producer to produce a production without granting the subsidiary rights and future options that might go along with a premiere. This contract is short, straightforward and not intimidating, and it is especially useful when an author and producer are looking to enter into a very simple agreement, especially for amateur and school/university productions.

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. Given the complex process of acquiring underlying rights, the Guild recommends that members consult with an attorney.

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. Given the complex process of acquiring underlying rights, the Guild recommends that members consult with an attorney.

OBC – OFF-BROADWAY CONTRACT

Form contract for Off-Broadway play or musical productions.

Small Theater Contract – National Premiere

Form of 99 Seat Theatre Contract for small theatres presenting premiere productions.