Covers licensing and producing plays; negotiating contracts; financing productions; organizing a theater company; running a box office; managing a not-for-profit company; minimizing legal costs and risks; keeping track of taxes; maintaining a safe environment

"Business and Legal Forms for Theater  is a comprehensive collection of readable and (thanks to a CD-Rom) easily adaptable model contracts that will be a useful resource for anyone involved in theater production." --- Joan Channick, deputy director, Theatre Communications Group and lecturer in theater management, Yale School of Drama.

"Fills a hole in theater literature...Highly recommended." -- Library Journal

"Written by a lawyer for non lawyers. A great addition to any producer's bookshelf."  -- Ken Davenport, Tony (c) Winning Broadway Producer

THE DEFINITIVE SURVIVAL KIT FOR ANYONE PRESENTING LIVE  ENTERTAINMENT

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"A concise, informative, and well organized introduction to basic legal and industry issues, presented in a reader friendly style. While particularly recommended for aspiring producers, it is a handy reference tool for the more seasoned theater veteran, as well." --  Robert C. Harris, senior partner, Lazarus & Harris, LLP, and adjunct professor of entertainment law, Hofstra University School of Law.  

"An entertaining, easy to read, practical resource for anyone interested in the art and craft of play production." --  Dennis Zacek, artistic director, Tony (c) winning Victory Gardens Theater

"It should help you reduce legal fees by using your own attorney move effectively."  -- Stage Directions

"A highly comprehensive and easily accessible guide to the legal aspects of doing business as a theatre...Required reading." -- KCStage Online

"Anyone who is tempted to follow the gleeful example of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in Babes in Arms -- 'tell them to meet me in the barn... we're gonna put on a show' -- should read Business and Legal Forms For Theater from cover to cover. This book is so much more than just a collection of forms. Author Charles Grippo, an entertainment lawyer, playwright, and producer, clearly describes why each legal agreement is needed and explains, in plain English, the agreement's key provisions." ---- David Rodger, editor, Theatre Design & Technology

Here is a complete easy-to-use resource for anyone involved in the performing arts! The new, expanded edition contains thirty-three indispensable, hard-to-find contracts and forms that will save artists and performing groups thousands of dollars in lawyer's fees, while minimizing their legal risks. This essential reference now includes forms for professions that have recently emerged within the theater industry, such as fight choreographers and fight and stunt directors. Also included on a convenient CD-ROM (compatible with both Mac and PC platforms), the forms can be copied electronically, modified, customized, and saved. No matter which side of the negotiating table you're on, you'll find plenty of practical advice in these pages to help you obtain the best possible deal.

"This is a very useful compendium of essentials, from the mundane to some very particular and hard to find information. To find a straightforward, factual, but also somewhat humorous collection of facts and practices in the business is refreshing and unusual. This is destined to become a textbook that gets dog-eared from constant reference." -- Tony Foreman, managing director, Madison Repertory Theatre

"Almost every paragraph offers insight that a would-be producer will need or use...A world of information here." -- Dramatics

"Finally! For years we've searched in vain for a practical and usable reference and form book to recommend to our many theater clients and volunteer attorneys. Thank you, Charles Grippo, for your clarity and practical advice. Allworth Press ---  you've done it again - thanks for the newest addition to our reference library!" --- Elena M. Paul, Esq., executive director, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.