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How much compensation should you expect to receive from a commission or a production? How much money should you ask for when negotiating a contract, and how long should you have to wait before you get paid for your work?

As theatre writers, without the ability to collectively bargain, we are forced to negotiate for our compensation on an individual basis... which has led to confusion, inconsistencies, and a lot of questions.  

But now, it’s time to get some answers.

Join your fellow writers and take the Dramatists Guild Compensation Survey this March!

We invite you to participate in the first ever wide-ranging examination of what theatre writers are getting paid and the sources from which we derive our income. This survey will give us a better understanding of what it's like to be a working theatre writer in America. 

The data that we collect will be used to bolster our advocacy efforts as we work to standardize best practices and recommended guidelines of equitable compensation for playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists.

Don't miss your chance to be a part of this narrative! Never forget that as a dramatist, you have rights. It’s time to tell your story, so that you can advocate for what you need and make your voice heard.

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