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DG Inclusion Rider

Free download for members and non-members. The first of its kind in the theatre industry, the Dramatists Guild Inclusion Rider is intended to be a model addendum that will enable you to ask a producer to audition or interview, cast, and hire members of historically excluded groups wherever possible. This rider may be...
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Model Billing Provision for Opera

The Dramatists Guild has observed that opera companies in the 21st century have been trying to grow their audiences and develop their art form beyond the presentation of revivals of the established canon of works. To do so, some companies are commissioning a wider array of contemporary playwrights to write original libretti for new...
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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 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...
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DG Guide for Dramatists: The Art of Negotiating Theatre Contracts

We know it can feel daunting to negotiate with a producer, theatre, school, college, or university that wants to produce your play or musical. But it is important to advocate for yourself, to ensure that you receive the treatment that all playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists deserve. If you...
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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...
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Premiere Production - National

This agreement is not intended to be used at the LORT, Off-Broadway or Broadway levels. Form of small theatre contract for theatres presenting professional, premiere productions. Also see PREMIERE...
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Premiere Production Contract - NY/LA

This agreement is not intended to be used at the LORT, Off-Broadway or Broadway levels. Form of small theatre contract for theatres presenting professional, premiere productions in the New York or Los Angeles areas. Also see PREMIERE PRODUCTION CONTRACT: ...
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Form of Licensing Agreement

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.
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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.
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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.
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Form of Commission Agreement for Plays and Musicals

Agreement between a commissioning producer and author(s) to write and revise a play or musical. 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...
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Devised Theatre Contract: Preliminary Agreement to Participate

This model agreement should be used when a group of individuals (alternatively, “creators”) begins a collaborative process without first knowing who the authors will be. The Devised Theater Committee and Business Affairs Department are proud to announce the availability of four contract models designed...