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June 7 Event: The History of Our Advocacy - Why and What Writers Fight For

Tuesday, June 7 Atlantic Time: 4pm Eastern Time: 3pm Central Time: 2pm Mountain Time (D): 1pm Mountain Time (S): 12pm Pacific Time: 12pm Alaska Time: 11am Hawaii Time: 10am How have American dramatists advocated for themselves over the past two centuries? How has the law evolved over that time in ways that impact playwrights’ lives and their efforts to make a living at their craft? Where has this history left...
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Event: Theatre as a Force for Actionable Change

Theatre has the power to change our world. How do we rally our audiences and move them from their seats to the streets, the polling booths, the community centers?  DG members are invited to attend a Facebook Live meeting of creativity and strategy, a panel of politically-mindful artists gathers to investigate theatre as a means for political and social change. Wednesday, May 11 Atlantic Time: 8pm...
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How the CASE Act Works: A Helpful Flow Chart

How the CASE Act Small Claims Court Will Work in Practice   The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (the “CASE Act”) was enacted into law on December 27, 2020. Once the CASE Act implementation is complete, it will create a low-cost and voluntary tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office to handle certain small copyright claims brought by copyright owners and users of copyrighted works. The streamlined process for bringing and...
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When Should I Give Someone a Co-Writing Credit?

With our members hard at work writing and revising pieces for End of Play.®, the Guild has received a number of inquiries asking when it is appropriate to give someone a co-writing credit. To answer that question, first it is important to understand one of the basic fundamentals of copyright law: the idea/expression dichotomy. Under copyright law, only an author’s original expressions that are fixed in a tangible medium (i.e. written down or...
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AAPI Transportation Grants: For AAPI Theatre Artists to Avoid Subway Violence

Help us keep our AAPI siblings safe. With the 360% rise in Anti-Asian violence in NYC, Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) theatre workers are at a higher risk of not getting home safely.  In response to this unabated surge in violence against the AAPI community, the Obie Award-winning advocacy group AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition) has announced a partnership with grant-making organizations IndieSpace and Indie Theater Fund...
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Counting Together wins Anthem Awards

We're thrilled to announce that Counting Together has won two Anthem Awards. Counting Together is a gold winner in the Community Engagement Not-For-Profit category for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Partnership or Collaboration). It is also a silver winner in the Awareness Not-For-Profit category  for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Partnership or Collaboration). Counting Together is an evolving coalition of...
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Why DG Supports Collective Bargaining for Creative Professionals

The Dramatists Guild is a member of a coalition of creative professionals who co-filed a request with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice for collective bargaining rights on behalf of creators of copyrighted works everywhere, including playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists.  Such artists continue to suffer in the marketplace, due to outdated labor laws that treat them as independent businesses rather than as workers; this treatment results in...
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2021 DG Year In Review: 102 Years of Advocating for Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, and Librettists

The Dramatists Guild of America is the national, professional membership trade association of theatre writers including playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists. The Guild was established for the purpose of aiding dramatists in protecting both the artistic and economic integrity of their work.  In our 2021 Year in Review, we look back upon the past year's advocacy initiatives, legislative updates, institutional partnerships, DG statements, professional development events,...
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Theatre Writers are Job Creators in the Creative Arts Economy: Add Your Testimony to the Congressional Record

We are asking Dramatists Guild members— and all theatre writers— to submit testimony on January 19 and beyond, in order to ensure our voice is heard regarding the issues that are important to playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists, and our entire industry.  The Committee on Small Business will be holding a remote hearing, titled "The Power, Peril, and Promise of the Creative Economy" at 10am on Wednesday, January 19 via Zoom (information...
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DG News: Coalition of Creators Requests Collective Bargaining Rights from FTC and DOJ

The Dramatists Guild is a member of a coalition of creative professionals who co-filed a request with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice for collective bargaining rights on behalf of creators of copyrighted works everywhere, including playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists. Such artists continue to suffer in the marketplace due to outdated labor laws that treat them as independent businesses rather than workers, resulting in their inability to protect...