To be considered for an Emergency Grant, you must have had a play or musical produced for a paying audience anywhere in the United States or Canada, and/or published by a legitimate publishing/licensing company. Active members of the Dramatists Guild also qualify. Emergency Grants can only be awarded once per individual.
After submitting the Grant application form, please complete your application by sending a recent bank statement, resume or biography, and any other pertinent information you wish to include. Without this additional information, your application will be considered incomplete and considered ineligible for review. This information can be emailed to email@example.com or by mail to the Foundation’s offices:
ATTN: Executive Director
Dramatists Guild Foundation
356 West 40th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018
Call 212.391.8384 for more information.
In conjunction with the application form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit as many of the following documents as you are able:
If you have any questions about DGF Hurricane Relief, please contact us at 212-391-8384 or email@example.com.
The name of the fund was inspired by a scene in It’s A Wonderful Life, which stems from an assignment given during the workshop. In the scene, George Bailey gives his friends and neighbors what they need to tide them over financially, which is exactly what the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, hopes the fund will achieve. As someone who has participated in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, the donor has seen firsthand how unexpected expenses can interfere with the creative process needed to succeed in the program and wanted to offer financial support to those in need during the early stages of their careers.
Grants of up to $500 per person will be awarded during each workshop term, September through August and eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
All applications will be managed by The Dramatists Guild Foundation and workshop director Patrick Cook, BMI’s Director of Jazz & Musical Theatre, along with workshop administrator Frederick Freyer, will determine the eligibility for grants.
All applicants’ personal information will be kept strictly confidential.
2010 Olivier Award winner for The Mountaintop
Pulitzer Prize finalist for Thom Pain (based on nothing)
Drama Desk- and Tony Award nominee for Hello, Again; Marie Christine; The Wild Party
Starting this fall, 10 theaters will be selected annually to receive a $5,000 grant to go toward producing a new work, and another $5,000 will be given directly to the writer(s) being produced. The award granted to the writer is not in lieu of any payment by the theater.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants will be required to complete a brief form and submit the following supplemental materials:
Applicants will be scored on their contracts with writers and the artistic merit of the project for which they are requesting funding. The application must contain an executed contract from the past year and will be scored on a scale of -2 to +2 by the Dramatist Guild of America. Only applicants that receive a score of +2 will be reviewed by DGF’s Theater Grant Committee for artistic merit. Applicants who submit a contract with an executed DG Amendment will automatically receive a +2 on the contract and proceed immediately to consideration based on artistic merit.
All awardees will be required to submit the executed contract for the project for which they received funding once it has been signed by all parties. If this contract is not found to be in keeping with all DG contract guidelines, their awards will be revoked.
Recipients of the DGF Writers Alliance Grant will not be eligible to apply for five years following the year they are awarded.
The 2017 grant cycle will open on October 1 and close on November 1.
For questions about the application process, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-391-8384.
Named in honor of the famed theatrical agent, this award is presented to individuals in recognition and gratitude of their distinguished work in the world of theater and to encourage the continuation of that work.
Given in honor of author and playwright James Kirkwood to a theater whose mission includes the encouragement, nurturing, and mentoring of emerging playwrights.
Given respectively to a deserving stage actress and to a playwright who are mid-career.
The new Lanford Wilson Award, established by a generous contribution from Wilson’s estate and matched by the Dramatists Guild, will bestow $35,000 on a dramatist based primarily on their work as an early career playwright. The award is named after Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony nominated playwright Lanford Wilson who passed away in 2011. A Pulitzer Prize winner for “Talley’s Folly,” Lanford was one of the trailblazers of the Off-Off and Off-Broadway movements. The 2013 recipient for the Lanford Wilson prized was awarded to Francine Volpe in recognition of her outstanding work as an American playwright.