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Important Notices
Cutting a Show
Performing a Musical
Royalty Application

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Licensing a Show

The amateur and stock acting rights to all the works found in our catalog are controlled exclusively by DRAMATIC PUBLISHING without whose permission in writing no performance may be given. Royalty fees are given in our current catalog and are subject to change without notice. These fees apply only to grades K-12. All other organizations must complete a Royalty Application . A royalty must be paid every time a play is performed regardless of whether it is presented for profit and whether admission is charged. A play is performed any time it is acted before an audience. All inquiries concerning amateur and stock rights should be addressed to:

Dramatic Publishing
311 Washington Street, Woodstock, Illinois 60098.
Phone: (815) 338-7170 Fax: (815) 338-8981


Authors earn their living from the royalties they receive from book sales and from the performance of their work. Conscientious observance of copyright law is not only ethical, it encourages authors to continue their creative work. This work is fully protected by copyright. No alterations, deletions or substitutions may be made in the work without the prior written consent of the publisher. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, videotape, film, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. It may not be performed either by professionals or amateurs without payment of royalty. All rights including but not limited to the professional, motion picture, radio, television, videotape, foreign language, tabloid, recitation, lecturing, publication, and reading are reserved.

Performing a Musical

Dramatic Publishing's perusal policy allows the customer to view a score before making the costly decision to purchase a cast quantity of scripts. Our perusal policy is as follows:

One perusal copy of the piano score may be examined by an organization possessing no more than a single reading script. Upon receipt, the piano score may be previewed free of charge for 10 days. (You are responsible for all shipping and handling charges.) Any perusal score not returned by the due date stated on your invoice will be subject to replacement and late fees of not less than $50.00.

If you choose to keep the perusal score for production, several details must be addressed. First, the date of your production must be within the 10-week time period for which the music is rented. We must receive a security deposit. Only a check, money order, Visa or MasterCard will be accepted as a deposit. The next step is to notify us that you have a perusal score that you will be keeping for your production, ordering your cast set of scripts and confirming your rental package.

The last step is to complete the royalty quotation application and email, fax, or mail it to Dramatic Publishing. (Please allow a minimum of 5 business to process due to the volume of requests.) Provided that the rights are available and there is no problem with the application, you will be notified by mail with either a quote(cast set of scripts has not been obtained) or a license(cast set of scripts is in your possession). If approval cannot be granted, Dramatic Publishing will contact you by phone to inform you of the specific problems and work with you to meet your needs.

Royalty and music rental fees are due 10 days prior to your first performance. After your production is over you must  return all the rental materials that were shipped to you (via insured method), along with a copy of the packing slip and/or invoice. Please make sure you include the correct billing address. Customers returning material from an address other than their billing address may not have their account properly credited. Any music package not returned by the due date stated on your invoice will be subject to a replacement fee of not less than $750.00.