We thank you for considering the DG©M, estate planning and copyright management by playwrights for playwrights!  On this page you will find information about applying to the DG©M.  We strongly suggest that you read this entire page so that you gain a deep understanding of our process and what you might expect going forward.

 
 

QUALIFYING WORKS:   
What works qualify for enrollment? 
What if my work does not qualify for enrollment?

APPLYING:                         
How can I learn more? 
How can I apply?

DG LIBRARY                       
What is the Dramatists Guild Library?
 

ABOUT:                               
What does the DG©M Do?
Tell me more about DG©M’s management role.

GIFTING OPTIONS:         
What are my gifting options?
What about my beneficiaries?

ENROLLMENT                   
What happens after I am accepted?
Can I enroll multiple works?
Do you accept anything other than dramatic works and songs? 

 
 

What does the DG©M do?

The DG©M is an estate planning consultancy and intellectual property management program that manages works that are 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 Lilly’s).  By enrolling your works with the DG©M, you ensure that dramatists are the ones making the artistic decisions about your work and that the revenues generated by your properties will go to help support the mission of the Guild and the generations of playwrights, librettists, lyricists, and composers to come.

Tell me more about DG©M’s management role.

Once your Work has been successfully transferred to the Dramatists Guild or one of its sister organizations, the DG©M can engage in activities such as granting rights to publishers and producers, exercising authorial approvals, working with agents/publishers to seek and evaluate offers and opportunities, and seeking publishers and licensing agents to represent the work if it is unpublished. Our current roster of partners includes organizations such as Dramatists Play Service and the Musical Company.  For a full explanation of the DG©M’s management role, please see our Management Efforts.

What works qualify for enrollment? 

The DG©M generally accepts plays, librettos, lyrics, musical compositions and/or songs that are either:

  • Professionally produced in any one of the following ways:
    o   On Broadway;
    o   Off-Broadway;
    o   In London’s “West End”;
    o   On the main stage of a LORT theater;
    o   In an Equity tour;  OR

  • Published by an established third-party publisher (listed in the Guild Resource Directory) that licenses stock & amateur productions;  OR

  • Recorded and distributed through standard channels of commercial distribution by a third-party record company or producer (for musical works only).

The DG©M may also accept any works that are authored by an individual that has authored at least one work that meets the above criteria. Please complete an Initial Inquiry Form to start the conversation.

What about non- qualifying works?

The DG©M understands that there are works of merit that may not meet the criteria for enrollment outlined above. (See, “What works qualify for enrollment?”) For example, perhaps your work has had a vibrant life in the High School/University circuit but has never been published by a third-party publisher. Works that do not automatically qualify for enrollment can still be left to the Dramatists Guild where they will live in the DG Library. (See, “What is the Dramatists Guild Library?”)

What are my gifting options?

The DG©M offers three gifting options for your copyrights: a gift to the Dramatists Guild, a gift to the Dramatists Guild in which designated beneficiaries receive a share of the Guild’s net revenues earned from that work, or a gift to a Dramatists Guild related non-profit.  You can read more about these options HERE.  

What about my beneficiaries?   

If you choose to leave your work to the Dramatists Guild, you may choose to assign up to four (4) beneficiaries a share (up to 49%) of the Dramatists Guild’s net revenues earned by the copyrights during their lifetimes.  This option is only available for works left to the Dramatists Guild.

How can I learn more? 

If you are interested in learning more about the DG©M, we welcome you to submit an Initial Inquiry Form. This lets us know that you are interested in the program and provides us with your contact information and the name of at least one work that you are considering for inclusion in a bequest to the DG or to one of its related non-profit companies. This step does not bind you or encumber your work in any way.

How can I apply?

The first step in the application process is to submit an Initial Inquiry FormOnce we receive your initial inquiry, you will be contacted by a DG©M administrator who will address your questions about our services while learning more about you, your work and any other works you may be considering for a bequest.

During this conversation, the administrator will assess if your work meets the DG©M’s enrollment criteria. (See, “What works qualify for enrollment?”)  If your work meets the criteria, the administrator will send you an Enrollment Application. Keep in mind that this application enrolls the individual, not the work.  A separate “Onboarding Form” will be required for every work which you intend to bequest.  If your work does not meet the criteria, the administrator will make a recommendation as to your next steps which might include leaving your work to the Dramatists Guild Library. (See, “What is the Dramatists Guild Library?”)

What happens after I am accepted? 

Once your application has been accepted by the administrator or the Board, you can begin the enrollment process.  Enrollment involves review of your will or codicil to ensure that the language contained therein will effectively transfer ownership of your property and ensure management by the DG©M.  During this time, you will have access to staff attorneys who are able to speak with your personal attorney and provide you with model language to ensure that the work is properly transferred. Once your final will has been executed and received by the DG©M for our files, your work will be fully "enrolled" and listed as part of the DG©M catalogue online, alongside our esteemed clientele.

[NOTE: Please remember that THE DG©M IS NOT YOUR ATTORNEY and is not offering you legal advice. We are simply offering business advice about the process for enrolling your work in our program. You can refer to our ATTORNEY RESOURCES to help you find Trusts & Estates attorneys licensed in your jurisdiction.]

During or after the enrollment process you will be asked to begin the onboarding process for each work that has been accepted and for each additional work that you wish to enroll. The onboarding process may be the most laborious part of your enrollment, but it provides us with the information that will allow us to effectively manage your work and ensure that your authorial intent is understood and enforced.  Part of this process may also involve you sending us copies of certain documents and contracts.  You might wish to have your attorney, agent or other representative help you gather the necessary information. You can always contact our staff for assistance.

Can I enroll multiple works?

At the DG©M, we cater to the author, not the work.  Therefore, once you are accepted into the DG©M, you can enroll any number of other works.  These works need not meet the qualifying criteria outlined above.  We do require an Onboarding Form for each individual work.

Do you accept anything other than dramatic works and songs? 

At this time, the DG©M is only accepting plays, librettos, lyrics, musical compositions and/or songs.  Other materials, like screenplays and articles, may be accepted on a case by case basis.

What is the Dramatists Guild Library?

The DG Library is an online repository for works that are not enrolled in or managed by the DG©M but that are nonetheless gifted to and accepted by the Dramatists Guild.  It is an avenue though which your work may be preserved for all time and licensed at the sole discretion of the Dramatists Guild.  These works will not be managed or actively marketed at this time.  Please contact the Dramatists Guild for more information.