Expert, Practical Advice for Everyone in Show Business
Now updated and expanded, this second edition of The Stage Producer’s Business and Legal Guide is the ultimate survival kit for anyone presenting live entertainment. The information contained in this handbook is essential for those working in Broadway, regional, stock, or university theater; concert halls; opera houses; and more. Attorney, producer, and playwright Charles Grippo provides comprehensive advice on every aspect of the theater business and the law, including:
Crowdfunding Your Production
New Opportunities to Raise Money
Licensing and Producing Plays
Devised Theater and Collaborations
Creating Jukebox Musicals
Organizing a Theater Company
Maintaining a Harassment-Free Environment
Essential Rules Every Board Member Must Know
Managing a Not-for-Profit Theater Company
Using Third-Party Intellectual Property
And much, much more!
The entire range of individuals involved in entertainment—producers, performers, writers, directors, managers, and theater owners—will find invaluable practical and legal advice in this handy guide.
“You will find The Stage Producer’s Business and Legal Guide, Second Edition, to be an ideal reference book regardless of the level of production you intend to produce. This book will truly allow you to stay ahead of problems.” —Dennis Zacek, artistic director emeritus, Tony Award®–winning Victory Gardens Theater
“The Stage Producer’s Business and Legal Guide, Second Edition, is an essential tool for anyone presenting live theater. Author Charles Grippo, an entertainment lawyer, playwright, and producer, has created a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand handbook of the legal, financial, and tax responsibilities of commercial and non-profit producers. Newly expanded and updated, this book is filled with practical tips for negotiating contracts, raising money, complying with government regulations, organizing and managing theater companies, and much, much more. The organized, easy-to-read, quick-reference format makes it a ‘must’ for start-ups or experienced producers.” —Gary Cohen, Tony Award®–nominated producer, Come From Away (2017); co-producer, Be More Chill (Broadway, 2019); co-producer, Tootsie (Chicago and Broadway, 2018–19); co-producer, Diana (La Jolla, 2019)
“The first edition of The Stage Producer’s Business and Legal Guide was immensely helpful to me at the beginning of my career, and this updated edition will be essential to you, no matter where you are in yours. From crowdfunding to harassment issues to the complexities of ownership of devised work, it’s the only book on producing I’ve come across that is truly for today’s rapidly changing world. The thorough yet bite-sized info will have you quickly finding what you need, without any filler. It’ll earn its place on any producer’s or playwright’s desk.” —Jason Epperson, Lotus Theatricals
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