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 Posted: Sat Feb 19th, 2011 02:07 am
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a local community theatre is going to do one of my children's shows this summer. it's probably going to run 40-50 minutes, 2 or 3 mornings a week. not sure how much they will charge - maybe kids' tickets $5-7, adults a bit more. the theatre really needs to make some money so i thought i would take a percentage of the ticket sales (if it doesn't do well, they won't end up losing a lot).

anyone have any idea what percent i should ask for?

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 Posted: Sat Feb 19th, 2011 04:51 am
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Since you did not mention the house size...

Take 8%. You can go down a bit or up, but start there. You know the particular situation, I don't. (You should get 8% of any "comped" tickets as well.)

No one is going to get rich off of this from what you describe.

Give away absolutely no rights to your play. They can use it for the run of their show. That is it. Specify starting date and ending date of the contract. You can always extend if need be.

Get it in writing: especally beginning dates and ending dates of the term of the contract.

Best,

IMR

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i actually ended up asking for 35% of ticket sales & that seems ok with them (i was willing to go down to 30%).

as you observed, no one is getting rich off it - i do want to make some money, i was just willing to give them a bit of a break by going by percent instead of flat rate. i'm also not charging them for copies of the script.

i have put everything in writing & of course would never give away the actual rights.

thanks!

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 Posted: Thu Feb 24th, 2011 02:40 am
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Mana: 
Christ Almighty, Carl. Broadway writers don't get 35%!

You should become an agent!

Congratulations.

Eugene O'Neill was the highest paid playwright ever on Broadway. He got 15%!

I was thinking about norms. But, there you go. Thinking outside the box!

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in media res

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