We've been participating in the production compensation webinars presented by the Dramatist Guild in New York City over the last few weeks. The discussions are lead by Ralph Sevush and include a variety of experts depending on the topics for each session. This series is very informative and is a real benefit of being a member of the Dramatist Guild. Our sense is there really isn't any blueprint for these sorts of financial matters, so the format is perfect. Ralph does a great job at identifying the topics for each session and then lets the experts share anecdotes and valuable insight from their experiences working in the real world; afterwards, a DG participant gathers questions of the online audience for further discussion. The sessions last several hours and are going on for the next month or so.Production Compensation Part One: Advice for Theatre Writers on Commissions, Advances, Royalties from Theatrical Productions with Ralph Sevush, Lauren Gunderson, Diana Burbano and Roger Q. Mason
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Thursday, March 31, 2022
If you plan to use recorded music for a theatrical production, you'll need to pay royalties if the music is protected by copyright. There are several different scenarios for this; for example, you may need music for background ambiance in your lobby and/or as music tied to the performance itself.
If you do this sort of thing you should probably get a general license from the organizations that represent the writers and publishers of the songs. The best-known organizations are ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music Industries).
General licensing is used by businesses like restaurants and retail stores for background music and if you use a lot of background music, it's usually cheaper to get the yearly license. Licensing organizations base the amount they charge for the performance licenses on the type of theater and its seating capacity.
You can can even license music from a particular composer or the entire catalog of all ASCAP or BMI composers, but you can't do it for just one or two songs. Recently, April Alsup added the music for her award winning musical "WYSIWYG" to the ASCAP catalog, so her songs are now available for theaters who have subscribed to the ASCAP catalog.
Permission to use recorded music with live stage performances involves what is called "synchronization rights." Those rights are handled by the publisher or an intermediary like the Harry Fox Agency and/or the National Music Publishers Association, the agency that represents most American music publishers. Just let us know if you need any help with any of this.
Friday, February 25, 2022
Getting your music theater soundtrack online has it's challenges. Many musical theatre projects don't even consider creating high quality commercial song soundtracks for the airwaves; and even if they do, navigating the infrastructure of online streaming services, radio, television and film is not for the faint of heart.
If your show doesn't have label affiliation you'll need to set one up with GS1-US. This can get you going on services like Spotify and only costs $30, but music theater fans use all sorts of different online streaming services.
|Online Streaming Services for WYSIWYG the Musical|
To go to the next level we would advise that you join a PRO organization like ASCAP or BMI. Once you become a member you can register your works for a variety of additional online audio services and they'll handle the royalty distributions for you. It will also cover the bases for all your fans since there is such a wide selection of online streaming services out there.
Recently, April Alsup expanded the soundtrack for WYSIWYG to include; Spotify, Apple, Amazon, YouTube, Pretzel, Facebook and SoundCloud. So now we have the choice to hear our favorite WYSIWYG songs on a lot of different streaming services...just search for April Alsup and enjoy! 😀 🎧
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Our PAP performers get an extra holiday boost from local businesses looking for everything from Dickens quartets to string quartets. Our performers see a real boost this time of year and we enjoy teaming up with colleagues over at accompanist.com for all sorts of different performing arts projects.
Christmas is a time for giving. The spirit of Christmas is in the 'togetherness' we share with each other, it's in the thought to which you put into thinking about others, where we forgive, take stock of what's important and become 'better' versions of ourselves.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
|PAP personnel getting vaccinated at CU Health|
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Performing art projects are all over Denver this time of year and taking a walk through the spooky, illuminated landscape at the Denver Botanic Gardens all dressed up for Halloween has become an annual tradition for PAP. The performing artists brought life to the enchanting autumnal event with monsters, dancing skeletons, ghosts, coffin brides and brew mistress witches. It's always a treat to see former Performing Arts Project artists at events like this!
The gardens event team always does a good job with this sort of thing. They use local talent and real pumpkins harvested from local farms. Pumpkin artists from all over the state create sculptures and dense displays of jack-o-lanterns, with grins and grimaces fit for the season. It's so much fun, weather permitting of course.
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
The last few years have been really tough on the entertainment industry; fortunately, venues around Denver are starting to open up again so let's all take a deep breath and hope it stays that way. If you are interested in a Sunday matinee, Tenderly is playing at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center (MACC) in the Denver Jewish Community Center throughout August. The theater had a facelift a few years back and it's footprint is perfect for the Denver audience.
|Beki Pineda and April Alsup|
at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center