How do I apply for performance rights?Michael Q Fellmeth, Executive DirectorProfessional or Nonprofessional Rights
For professional or nonprofessional performance rights, there are three easy steps:
- Review the Restrictions page to ensure that your intended production will not conflict with a restriction.
- Review the Payments page to familiarize yourself with a) the Advance Payment and b) the summary Box Office Statement submission requirement.
- Apply for the rights on the Performance Rights page.
For competition performance rights, proceed directly to the Performance Rights page to complete and submit your application.
For touring rights for three venues or more, proceed directly to the special Tour Application.
How long will it take to receive a performance license?Michael Q Fellmeth, Executive Director
Provided there are no restrictions on the title in your area, and the venue is not located in New York City or Los Angeles, or a country other than the United States or Canada, you can expect to receive a professional or nonprofessional performance license and invoice by email immediately following your application.
If the venue is located in New York City or Los Angeles, or outside of North America, special permissions may need to be secured, which can take additional time. In most cases, you can expect to receive notice on whether your intended production is approved within two weeks.
All competition applicants receive performance licenses immediately following application.
What if we would like to perform just one scene from a play?Michael Q Fellmeth, Executive DirectorFor competitions, it's allowable to perform just one scene from a play. Submit a standard competition application through the Performance Rights form. To perform a single scene under other circumstances, Contact Us for more information.
May I purchase books and apply for performance rights with a purchase order?Michael Q Fellmeth, Executive DirectorYes. If your organization or educational institution requires a purchase order, you may choose purchase order as the payment method on the checkout page. In addition, you may choose purchase order as the payment method when you submit your summary Box Office Statement and Final Payment (if any is due).
In both cases, you will be sent invoices referencing your purchase order numbers for you to submit to your accounting department for payment.
If your accounting department requires that you submit an invoice to them before they will generate a purchase order number for you, simply follow the instructions above and enter the text "Number to follow" in the purchase order number field on the checkout page and complete your checkout. When your organization provides you with the purchase order number, submit it to us via the Contact Us page, along with your order number for our reference, and we will add the purchase order number to your invoice. Note that shipment of books and other items will not occur until the purchase order number has been submitted.
Lastly, be aware that purchase of ePlays or other downloadable items must be done by credit card or PayPal. If your order also contains books or performance-rights applications for which you would prefer to use a purchase order number, then you should split the items up into two orders. Only one payment method may be used per order.