The Dramatists Guild is taking steps to ensure our members remain safe and informed during the global Coronavirus outbreak.

 

We encourage our members to use the tools of modern society (such as Zoom, Regional Facebook groups, our website, and our BA Help Desk) to stay connected with the Guild. 

We advise dramatists facing economic hardship to reach out to the Dramatists Guild Foundation for emergency relief grants. Furthermore, we ask anyone whose production has been cancelled as a result of the pandemic to report the closure to us. Please use our reporting form to share your information.

Please feel free to reach out to us at questions@dramatistsguild.com with any questions or concerns. As always, we are here for you.

 

GUILD STATEMENTS AND RESOURCES

Statement on Government Relief
Apply for a DGF Emergency Grant
Donate to Writers in Need
Other Emergency Funds
Author Advances Amid Cancellations
Livestreaming Statement
National Production Cancellation Survey
Testing Advocacy
The Dramatist Livestream
BA Help Desk - We're Here to Help
Free Resources to Non-Members
Help from the Actors Fund
Zoom Meeting Requests
National Events & End of Play
The Mary Rodgers Room
Dues & New Member Applications

STATEMENT ON GOVERNMENT RELIEF

 

APPLY FOR A DGF EMERGENCY GRANT

 

OTHER EMERGENCY FUNDS

 

AUTHOR ADVANCES AMID CANCELLATIONS

 

LIVESTREAMING STATEMENT

 

Authors have the right to approve livestreaming and/or recording of their shows. We want to make sure that those recordings happen with all the necessary approvals, protections against piracy, and appropriate remuneration.

While we believe this is a unique opportunity to embrace new technology, and bring theatre to an even larger audience, we want to ensure that dramatists are properly paid and consulted before their work is livestreamed and/or recorded. Please use the BA Help Desk if you have any questions, or would like to log a complaint.

As we navigate this new frontier, we ask you to not only consider the new productions that have been cancelled, or placed on hold, but also the licensed productions in theatres and schools, both professional and non-professional, across the country. If you are a writer or a composer, it is important to contact your agent and your publisher to explore how they are handling livestream requests and how your income might be affected.

Things to think about:

  • What is the publisher's cancellation policy for licensees? 
  • Are you willing to pre-approve the addition of temporary live-streaming rights to your performance rights license?
  • What happens when a licensed play or musical is postponed and not canceled?
  • If a livestream request is made, how will the publisher notify you?
  • What is the distinction between livestreaming a production, and recording a production for indefinite and/or later viewing?
  • What approval process is in place to ensure that you are paid for each livestream of your work?

Articles about Livestreaming:

Links to Publishers:

NATIONAL PRODUCTION CANCELLATION SURVEY

 

TESTING ADVOCACY

 

Below is a list of state health agency officials. If you feel your state is not doing enough to allocate resources towards COVID-19 tests and response, please take 5 minutes to call, write, and email:

THE DRAMATIST LIVESTREAM

 

BA HELP DESK: WE'RE HERE TO HELP

 

Our BA Help Desk is open and ready for your questions, and/or contract reviews, during this time. 

FREE RESOURCES TO NON-MEMBERS

 

Starting Thursday, March 19, the Guild will be providing certain members-only resources to the entire community for free. Artists will be able to use our new online Resource Directory, and Resource Calendar, and have access to past issues of The Dramatist.

Access to Model Contracts, reviewing of unsigned contracts, and business affairs advice via the BA Help Desk will remain available for Guild members only.

If you are in need of assistance, and wish to join the Guild, but do not have the financial resources to do so, please contact us at questions@dramatistsguild.com. We will find a way to help you.

HELP FROM THE ACTORS FUND

 

Members of the Dramatists Guild can use the services of the Actors Fund. The Fund provides a robust set of services, including emergency financial assistance, health services, and social services, to assist those in the theatre industry. 

ZOOM MEETING REQUESTS

 

More information to come.

NATIONAL EVENTS & END OF PLAY

 

NATIONAL EVENTS

We are working consistently with our event organizers and venues to determine, on a case by case basis, whether to postpone, cancel, or switch programming to an online format amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic. If you are registered for an event, any and all updates will be emailed to attendees via Eventbrite and added to the event description. We will also be updating our Resource Calendar to reflect all updates as we receive them.

END OF PLAY

End of Play is a self-guided program built by the Dramatists Guild to inspire participants around the world to write the first draft of a new play over the span of a month. To that end, all participants are encouraged to continue along with their writing goals, receive daily inspirational emails, interact with one another in online communities, and share their progress using our page tracker.

In light of the current health crisis, participants may also opt to use Zoom, the DG’s online conferencing software, to have check-ins with one another or host other related events. You can also host online timed writing sessions. In-person events have been suspended until further notice.

Please check our Resource Calendar to see if an upcoming End of Play Celebration or event has been moved to online or postponed, and/or be in touch with your local organizer for more information.

THE MARY RODGERS ROOM

 

At this time, due to growing concern regarding the COVID-19 virus, we are not taking new bookings. Please check back for updates and email any questions or concerns to our office manager, Lily Dwoskin at ldwoskin@dramatistsguild.com.

MEMBERSHIP DUES & NEW MEMBER APPLICATIONS

 

New member applications and renewing of Guild dues via our website will continue as usual. New member applications and member dues paid via check may experience a delay in processing. If you are a current member and unable to pay your dues as a result of the pandemic, please email us at questions@dramatistsguild.com.