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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.

Ordering Scripts

Yes, we sell Canadian plays! On the homepage click on "Playwrights, Plays, & Playwright Development Centres", click on the letter that the playwright's last name starts with, click on the playwright's name, and then click on the play title, and just click on "add to cart". You can then pay via paypal or your credit card.

There is also a search function on the left side of the screen if you want to search by number or characters, genre, etc.

Please note: To order hard copy scripts outside of Canada you must email orders@playwrightsguild.ca

Please note: There may be a wait time of two business days to receive electronic copies.

 

PlayConnect

PGC's Readings Program Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts

Below are the PlayConnect Guidelines:

 

Funding for the Playwright:

Reading Fees are $250 for a fullreading and $125 for a joint reading.

Transportation funds are reimbursed up to $600 per playwright (per reading).

 

Full reading: A full reading consists of one reading presented by a single playwright at a single reading event.

Joint reading: A joint reading consists of two or more playwrights reading or is a reading event as part of a larger event ( example - Festivals).

 

- Requests for readings must be made at least one month prior to the scheduled or proposed reading date.

- Hosts are required to pay an Administrative Fee of $50 unless you are eligible for our admin fee subsidy.

- Venues must be open to the general public free of charge at the time of the reading. School readings are exceptions.

- Venues are obligated to advertise the reading to members of the general public. Advertisements must clearly acknowledge the support of Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC). Use of the PGC logo is required on all promotional materials.

- The playwright must be a full 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 two readings per year (Full or Joint). Playwrights are not guaranteed the maximum amount of readings, as there is limited space available.

- Transportation funds must be used for the most economical form of travel. These funds are limited and must be requested in advance of the reading.

Please note: if you have not sent in the transportation report within two months of the date of the scheduled reading, your transportation funding will be revoked and placed back into the funding pool for other playwrights to use.

- In the case of a 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.

- There are two application intakes.

Intake 1: Applications open March 1st and are open the entire fiscal year. ⅔ of the funding will be allocated for this first intake.

Intake 2: Applications open October 1st and are open until March. These are saved slots for readings later in our fiscal year. ⅓ of the funding will be saved for members who need to wait for this intake date.

- 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). Administrative fees are non-refundable. You may send a cheque payable to Playwrights Guild of Canada.

- Playwrights must watch a required video in order to take part in this program. This video will become available once the reading has been set up. 

 

After the Reading:

- Both the host and the playwright are required to submit evaluation forms to PGC (This is an online form. Links are provided by PGC).

- Playwrights who have applied for transportation 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.

 

Additional Info:

- If you need help contacting the playwright or if you have a question, please send an email to Monique Renaud, Public Relations Manager at monique@playwrightsguild.ca

 

Transportation Funds

- Playwrights may request transportation funds, up to $600 per independent reading. Transportation funds are limited and must be requested in advance of the reading. In addition, the playwrights are required to use the most economical form of travel available.

- 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.

 

To request a reading, please fill out one of the following forms:

1. If you are a playwright requesting a reading, please fill out THIS FORM.

2. If you are a venue or host requesting a reading with a playwright, please fill out THIS FORM.

* You may fill out a form if you are looking for PGC's assistance in setting up a reading OR if you are proposing a reading that is already in a planning stage.

 

Other Funding Opportunities for Playwrights

  1. TAPA’s T.R.I.P - For TAPA members - https://tapa.ca/programs/funding/trip/

  1. Canada Council - Arts Across Canada - http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/arts-across-canada

  1. Canada Council - Arts Abroad - http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/arts-abroad

  1. For more provincial grants: https://www.artistsincanada.com/resources/funding-36/1/

 

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.  Please note that the rights for an amateur production of a particular play may not be available.  You will be notified about the availability once we receive the online request.

Amateur/Education Performance Rights 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:

Full-Length Play:
$100 for the first performance
$85 for each subsequent performance

One-Act Play:
$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
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 1R9
Canada
Tel: (416) 979-7907 or 1-800-567-9974
Fax: (416) 979-9273
Email: info [at] wgc.ca