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Below are the guidelines for how to book a playwright for a reading through the Canada Council Readings Program, and information on securing the amateur production rights for PGC members' plays. The request forms for readings and amateur rights can be found in the sidebar menu.
The Canada Council for the Arts Playwrights' Readings Program
Reading Fees: $250 for an independent reading and $125 for a joint reading.
Travel funds: up to $400 per independent reading and $200 for a joint reading.
Full reading: A full reading consists of one reading presented by a single playwright. It lasts a minimum of 45 minutes and excludes a question and answer period.
Joint reading: A joint reading consists of two or more playwrights reading for approximately 30 minutes each, excluding a question and answer period.
If you would like to bring a Canadian playwright to your community, fill out the Online Booking Form to make an official request. Please allow up to 2 weeks for a response. In accordance with the Canada Council for the Arts Readings Program policies, the program is administered using the following guidelines:
All booking requests must be submitted using our online booking form. Payment for the administration fee must be sent once the booking has been confirmed. Requests must be made at least one month in advance of the reading. However, we encourage hosts to apply earlier!
Venues must be open to the general public free of charge at the time of the reading. Venues are obligated to advertise the reading to members of the general public. Advertisements must clearly acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Playwrights Guild of Canada. Use of the Canada Council logo is required on all promotional materials. Logos for each organization are available on request.
The playwright must be a PGC member in good standing. A complete list of playwrights that are PGC members is available on the Playwrights Guild of Canada website. Each full member is eligible for up to three full or 6 joint or a combination of both readings per year. Playwrights are not guaranteed the maximum amount of readings, as there is limited space available.
Travel funds* must be used for the most economical form of travel. Travel funds are limited and must be requested in advance of the reading. For travel to remote parts of Canada, travel expenses may be increased.
Please note: if you have not sent in the travel form within two months of the date of the scheduled reading the travel subsidy will be revoked and placed back into the funding pool for other playwrights to use.
In case of cancellation or postponement of the reading by the host organization, the host will reimburse PGC for the playwright's travel expenses (if ticket has already been purchased). If the time, date or location of the reading changes, please notify PGC so we may update our calendar.
To ensure availability of the funds it is best to book at the beginning of our fiscal year in April.
Please allow up to two weeks for a response. Should your application be approved, you will receive a confirmation and invoice for administrative costs ($50 + tax per booking). Administrative fees are non-refundable. You may send a cheque payable to Playwrights Guild of Canada.
After the Reading:
Both the host and the playwright are required to submit evaluation forms to PGC (forms can be submitted via fax or email) and to the Canada Council. The host should also submit promotional material associated with the event.
Playwrights who have applied for travel funds must also submit an expense report accompanied by original receipts or travel tickets within 2 months. PGC will issue a cheque directly to the playwright. Please note: If the playwright's travel forms are not received within two months of the date of the scheduled reading the travel subsidy will be automatically revoked and placed back into the funding pool for other playwrights to use.
Playwrights may request travel funds, up to $400 per independent reading. Travel funds are limited and must be requested in advance of the reading. Playwrights are encouraged to book multiple readings in one region when requesting travel funds. In addition, the playwrights are required to use the most economical form of travel available. Travel funds may be increased in special cases to accommodate readings in remote locations. Playwrights may select the following economical modes of travel: plane, train and bus.
Personal vehicle: the playwright will be reimbursed at a rate of $0.32/kilometre ($0.52/mile). This rate includes the use of a vehicle and gas expenses.
Other forms of travel (bus/ferry/taxi): for other forms of travel the playwright must pay for the ticket and submit their receipt for reimbursement.
In case of cancellation or postponing of the reading by the host organization, the host will reimburse PGC for playwright's travel expenses (if ticket has already been purchased).
Amateur Rights Contracts
If you are a community or amateur group seeking the right to perform a play by a Canadian playwright, please review the information below regarding performance rights and royalties.
If you wish to apply for Amateur/Education Performance Rights, please use our on-line form:
Note: Although we try to accommodate all requests as soon as possible, it can take up to two weeks to process your request for amateur performance rights. You will be notified by email regarding the status of your application. You MUST apply for performance rights before you start rehearsals.
Infringement of copyright is illegal. It is an infringement of copyright to give a public performance or reading of any play, either in its entirety or in excerpts without prior written consent.
It is also an infringement of copyright to copy all or part of any play by any means of reproduction.
Rights for professional productions are obtained through the author or their designated agent; contact Playwrights Guild of Canada for up-to-date agent information. Professional contracts that have been negotiated between the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres should be used by all PGC members when being produced in a PACT Theatre.
Information about, or actual rights for amateur performances may be obtained through the Playwrights Guild of Canada. The standard rates are:
$100 for the first performance
$85 for each subsequent performance
$85 for the first performance $70 for each subsequent performance
These are standard rates only. Rates differ for some plays.
Please keep in mind that the Playwrights Guild of Canada does not negotiate rights for radio plays. The organization that serves Canadian writers for radio and television is:
Writers Guild of Canada
366 Adelaide Street W., Suite 401
Tel: (416) 979-7907 or 1-800-567-9974
Fax: (416) 979-9273
Email: info [at] wgc.ca