The Academy for New Musical Theatre is an organization that's close to my heart. I serve on their Board of Directors, and believe very strongly in their mission to foster the development of new Musicals.
November 28 through December 7, 2008, ANMT will be auctioning off some fun and unique items that you can bid on to help raise money for the organization. Many of these auction items will make great holiday gifts, so I hope you'll take a look.
The bidding starts at 8:00 AM/PST on November 28 so please come join in the fun! Your bid will help support the Academy do what we do best, which is to develop new musicals and new writers. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to one-of-a-kind items guaranteed to delight and surprise. So, tell your friends, family, community. With your help, we'll reach our goal and raise $10,000!
The Academy for New Musical Theatre is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our programs include opportunities for writers, lyricists, composers, actors, singers, directors, music directors, and everyone with a love for new musical theatre. Learn more about us at www.anmt.org.
Photo is from ANMT's 2008 15 Minute Musicals featuring Elise Dewsberry, Barry O'Neil, Paul Wong, Kendra Munger, and Brent Schindele in KEEPING SCORE by ANMT writers, Yolanda Mendiveles, Chana Wise, and John Piraino.
Academy for New Musical Theatre – Auction Home Page – cMarket Fundraising Auction.
Joy Goodwin's piece from the New York Times (11/22/2008) discusses the increasing tendency of nonprofit theatre companies to take a percentage of a playwright's subisidiary rights income… in some cases as much as 40%.
ASK THE READERS:
What do you think about this trend?
Does a nonprofit production add enough value to a new play to justify sharing the playwright's income from other productions, film rights, publishing, licensing, etc?
At what level of production does it make sense for a playwright to share?
Post your comments… I'll summarize the results in a future post.
Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood is one of my favorite places for industry news and information. She's published a press release from AMPTP about the breakdown of mediation talks this past weekend. The upshot is that AMPTP believes SAG is out of touch with the reality of the new media marketplace, especially in light of the current economic climate(crisis).
The press release is worth reading, but don't miss the comments… strong opinions abound, and express some important points of view. This feels like we're hearing the rank-and-file of many industry labor unions voicing their gripes.
ASK THE READERS
Will SAG go on strike? If they do, what will be the result for the industry? Will AMPTP beat them to the punch with a lockout? Can we in the industry ride out another industry shutdown, now that the world economy's gone south?
Will we see a mass financial-core movement within SAG's membership?
I'm asking the readers… post your thoughts in the comments!