This year, in response to the pandemic’s devastation of theatrical work, the Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) has increased its cash gifts to playwrights fifteen-fold, an unprecedented rise.
In the first six months of this year, the Foundation has given nearly $650,000 to dramatists to help cover rent, food, medical expenses and other necessities.
DGF had been expanding its Emergency Grant program over the last several years to meet growing community need. It increased its emergency grants from $40,000 in 2011 to $150,000 in 2019. The Foundation had planned, pre-pandemic, to award $200,000 in 2020.