COVID-19 Emergency Grants

Dramatists Guild Foundation

U.S. Citizens and residents
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Dramatists Guild Foundation is providing emergency financial assistance to individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists in dire need of funds due to severe hardship or unexpected illness as a result of COVID-19.


  • Emergency financial assistance for individual playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists
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Potential applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • I am a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Playwrights' Center, New Dramatists, the Lark, or the BMI Musical Theater Workshop
  •  I have attended an MFA program in playwriting or musical theater writing
  •  I have received monetary compensation for my writing a play or musical for the American theater
  •  My play or musical has been presented for an audience of ticket-buyers

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  • Applications will be processed based on severity of need
  • Applicants can either fill out a paper or electronic application. Click here to download a paper application. Do not send paper applications to the DGF office, as their staff is working remotely. Please email paper applications and supplemental materials to, or mail paper applications to (Claire Hackett Dramatists Guild Foundation 417 Myrtle Ave Suite 34 Brooklyn, NY 11205). Please note that paper applications will be delayed in processing.

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  • Detailed information about your financial state including bank statements and additional documents that demonstrate your need for assistance  
  • Theater-writing resume 
  • Amount of financial assistance you are requesting
  • Detailed breakdown of expenses that this potential funding will help support
  • At least one document verifying your status/request (This may include medical bills, termination notices, contracts, utility bills, rent receipts, or anything similar)


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