You’ve spent your life writing for the stage, but now it’s time to think about how you can safeguard your authorial legacy after you’re gone. Some of you have loved ones or literary executors whom you trust to protect the integrity of your plays and musicals, but many of you do not.
So who will bear this important responsibility on your behalf?
The DG©M is an estate planning consultancy and intellectual property management program created by the Dramatists Guild of America to oversee the stewardship of your plays, songs and musicals. Established as a NY “public purpose” corporation, the DG©M’s primary objective is the protection of your authorial intent. Therefore, we have a greater duty to your artistic legacy than heirs, trustees, agents or publishers may have who could choose to put profits first, or may simply not have the time, interest or expertise to make the important creative decisions about your art.
The DG©M manages the works that you’ve bequeathed to the Dramatists Guild, or to one of its affiliated non-profit sister organizations (including the Dramatists Guild Foundation, The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, and The Lillys), by working with your publishers and agents and by allowing your fellow writers on the Guild’s governing council to act as your proxy whenever authorial approvals are required.
In this way, you can ensure that dramatists are the ones making the artistic decisions about your work forever after, and that the revenues generated by your properties (whether that includes your entire literary and musical output or a single play, musical, or song) will go to help support the mission of the Guild and the generations of playwrights, librettists, lyricists and composers to come. You can even make a portion of the revenues payable to a different beneficiary under your will, if that better suits your estate planning needs.
Join your fellow writers today.
Services & Resources
The DG©M provides dramatists with various services and resources to assist in their estate planning, including providing model language for use in their testamentary instruments, intended to exercise a direct gift to the Dramatists Guild, or a gift to a Dramatists Guild-related non-profit.
01 | The DG©M and You
03 | U.S. Copyright Law
04 | Gifting Options
05 | Gift Giving Language
06 | Publications
07 | Events
08 | Catalogue
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How We Operate
The DG©M will offer you a step-by-step process for enrolling your work in our copyright management program, including your initial inquiry (click here get your initial inquiry form), the follow-up interview, the registration of specific properties, and a review of the documentation needed to complete the onboarding process that will allow the DGCM to manage your properties after you’re gone.
Here’s who you’ll be joining:
(dramatists who have enrolled at least one work with the DG©M or who have committed to doing so)