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 Posted: Fri Aug 30th, 2013 08:08 pm
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Do you love to stretch the limits of what is possible on stage? Are you a master of fleshing out characters, building a fascinating arc, plotting an explosive climax that packs a punch… and all of it in ten minutes? At Independent Play(w)rights we read lots of really incredible ten minute play scripts every month. This month, we want to give masters of the ten minute play script their moment to shine. Send us your ten minute masterpieces for a chance to win a cash prize and publication in our anthology!

To learn more, go to: http://independentplaywrights.com/pages/ten-minute-play-contest

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Hmmmmmm....to everyone:

Anyone worked with this company before?

Any feedback on your experiences?

Though this all seems well-intentioned...

Remember my motto: "Caveat Emptor"..."Let the Buyer Beware."

There is no mention of how much you will "share" in Royalties. It says "equitable share." Please specifically define "equitable." With numbers and percentage.

Especially look at #4.3. "perpetual" use. WOW! For no fee! As an actor, no one uses my mug without paying for it. And not perpetually.


This is posted at the link:

4.1 There will be one winner in every category, for a total of eight winners. Winners will receive $75 each and their plays will be published in an anthology of plays, to be published and distributed through www. independentplaywrights.com. The anthology will be offered for free through our website and contest winners will be entitled to an equitable percentage of the royalties from performance rights sold.

4.2 In extraordinary circumstances, a number of runner up winners may be selected and offered publication in our anthology.

4.3 In participating in the prizes, the winners agree to participate and cooperate as required in all editorial activities relating to the Contest. The winners agree to granting the promoter a perpetual and non-exclusive licence to use such footage and photographs in all media worldwide and the winners will not be entitled to any fee for such use.

Gotta run...maybe more later.

IMR

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 Posted: Thu Sep 5th, 2013 12:12 pm
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Mana: 
Hmmmmmmmm,
indeed.

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Yes, and...more hmmmmmms...

It states "the anthology will be offered FOR FREE through our website and contest winners will be entitled to an equitable percentage of the royalties from performance rights sold."

If it is FREE, who the heck is going to PAY for it to share in the Royalties when there most likely will be no Royalties.


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Mana: 
Actually, it says royalties from performances...which is saner, yet somehow scarier.

It reminds me of the poetry anthologies - where the poets pay for it by purchasing the book.

Buyer beware indeed.

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Mana: 
I hope I can address a couple of these concerns, or at least answer a few questions. Obviously as we're a fairly new company (we opened our website just a few months ago) some people will be a bit wary of us and prefer to wait and see.

In regards the royalties. The exact division of the royalties are not stated in the terms and conditions because it will vary on what is being licensed. If one of the ten minute plays is being licensed solo, then the playwright will receive 80% of the royalties. But if the entire collection of plays is being licensed, then the royalties will have be split between the eight writers (so 10% each).

We are planning on marketing the resulting anthologies mainly to college theater groups who are often looking for ten minute plays. We believe offering the anthology itself for free will raise the likelihood of performances and will fill a need in that particular group of performers/directors.

I recall reading about those poetry anthologies not too long ago. As I believe they worked by the company accepting all poetry submissions, putting them in the anthologies and then expecting the poet's themselves to pay for it?
We will not be selling the anthology to anyone. It will be free to everyone who wants it, playwrights, theater companies, students...etc.

The only thing we will be selling are the licensing rights.

I realize that this still may not be something people will be interested in submitting to at this point, but I hope it at least serves somewhat to prove we *are* well-intentioned and are not a scam, or vanity-press.

Last edited on Sat Sep 7th, 2013 12:12 am by IndependentPlay(w)rights

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Mana: 
Thank you for clearing some of that up. Best of luck with your company.

Paddy

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Mana: 
Thank you for your response.

You know, I just spent some time writing up a business model for you to guarantee more payment for playwrights and you. I posted it. Then erased it.

I thought, "Why give that away?"

So, best of luck with your venture.

I still say, there is a better way to do this to better ensure payment to you AND the playwrights. Face it: no one is going to make a fortune off of this, no matter how well-intended. And knowing people in educational and community theatre, they can be cheap as hell. (More so in University than community!) But to find a guaranteed way to get paid is the key.

I think of the 15-35,000 dollars students are paying per year to attend colleges and universities to learn theatre, and the Departments are ripping off we playwrights to produce student productions with no royalties that would cost only $25-a hundred bucks for a short run of a play.

And the professors and people who work in the non-profit funded theatre world - not that they are not talented - are getting paid more than most actors/playwrights will make in a couple/few/many years to go into a profession that they most likely will fail at - not because of talent - but because of too few opportunities of ratio to job seekers and jobs available and be left with college university debt.

But that is just the way things are.

Best,

IMR


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Mana: 
Hi ALl. I've had a play published by IP and they seem very nice thus far. I asked if they could get me a playwright who has experience working with them to validate the publisher, and they did. The playwright, published on their site, gave me a very good review and said he gets paid the agreed amount for his work. So I was satisfied and signed my play on.

I have no complaints thus far and the publisher has been very kind and responsive. Don't see any cause for alarm if you would like to submit to them.

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Mana: 
Thank you, Leon. Good to see your name again.

This makes me feel better.

Best

IMR

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