FAQs

Who do I talk to about…

Scroll down to see a list of staff contacts and their areas of expertise. If in doubt, ask Kirsty Bruce and she will put you on the right track.

AGENT

WHAT IS A LICENCE?
A licence is a contract between Playmarket (as representatives of the playwright) and you (as a producer) that outlines what you have permission to do with the playwright’s script (e.g. photocopy the script, produce a performance of the script, present a public reading etc) and the conditions under which this permission is granted (e.g. writer is credited on all materials, all advances and fees are paid, prohibition of alterations to the script etc).
Visit PERFORMANCE RIGHTS for more information on specific licences.

How do I licence a script? 

Apply via our online rights application.
Visit PERFORMANCE RIGHTS for more information.

I am behind schedule - I know the play I want but I need A LiceNce urgently. What can I do?

Contact us immediately and we will do our best to process it as quickly as possible.

How much will an advance against royalties be?

The amount of the advance varies according to the size of the venue, the number of performances and whether the production is professional, amateur/community or school and how long the licence is for.
Visit PERFORMANCE RIGHTS for more information on specific licences.

I have a question about my End of Season Royalty Report.

Contact Ivana Palezevic and she will talk it through with you.

What do I do about comps?

Your licence will stipulate the cases where complimentary tickets are not included for the purpose of royalty calculations.
All complimentary tickets outside of this will be included in royalty calculations.

There's recorded music in the play. Do I have to apply for the rights to this as well?

Unless Playmarket represents the playwright or composer of the music, you will need to get the appropriate rights permissions to use the music on stage. For enquiries about the use of music contact APRA.

I need to make changes to the play I'm producing, is it okay to just go ahead and cut or add stuff to suit?

You may not make any changes to the script without permission. If you need to change something, contact us first and we will check with the playwright. If you do not receive permission to make changes you may be held in breach of the licence contract.

What is a Playmarket client and how do I become one?

Visit AGENT for all information about our client services and representation.

Contact Murray Lynch with any Agency enquiries.
(Performance rights, royalties and advances, client services, circulation, collaborations and commissions).

ADVISOR

DO YOU ACCEPT UNSOLICITED SCRIPTS?
If you have a new play you would like us to read, the only way to do this is to request a script assesment or enter one of our competitions

However, if your play has been successfully performed already, you are welcome to apply to the AGENT directly for client status and representation.

CAN I REGISTER MY PLAY WITH YOU?
All plays that come to our office from clients; for Clinics; Scripts Assesment or Competitions are logged and filed. We do not accept unsolicited scripts.
 
However if your play doesn't fall into any of these categories, or if you are looking for more formal protection, The NZ Writers' Guild offers a registration service for a small fee, as well as many very good resources.  
How do I copyright my script?

Once you have written down (or otherwise recorded) your play, it is automatically copyrighted to you. However it is also standard to put the copyright symbol (© - Jo Smith) on the front of your completed work, with your name and the year. The NZ Intellectual Property Office website also offers excellent copyright information - http://www.iponz.govt.nz/cms/copyright/what-is-copyright
For advanced information about copyright see COPYRIGHT COUNCIL.

 

BOOKSHOP

CAN I GET MY MEMBER DISCOUNT WHEN BUYING ONLINE?
Yes. All you need is your login and password. Visit MEMBERSHIP if you have forgotten them.
PLAYMARKET MEMBERS SHOULD NOTE THAT TO RECEIVE THEIR 10% DISCOUNT THEY MUST LOG-IN BEFORE PURCHASING.

Can I be invoiced for an online order?

Yes, but you will need to provide a purchase order number at the checkout stage.

WHAT IS A PLAYMARKET MEMBER?

A member is a supporter of Playmarket who pays an annual subscription and receives membership benefits. Visit MEMBERSHIP for all the details.

But please note that membership is not the same thing as becoming a Playmarket Client, and does not include agency representation.

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO BE A MEMBER?

Visit our MEMBERSHIP page for all the information and to join.

I’VE FORGOTTEN MY LOGIN AND/OR PASSWORD

Visit our MEMBERSHIP page and LOGIN. You will then be given the option to have a new password emailed to you.

Contact Ivana Palezevic with any BOOKSHOP enquiries.
(Tracking or amending orders, payments, memberships)

COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THE eBULLETIN?
Visit NEWS, give your name and email address and a verification email will be sent out. Make sure you mark us as “Not Junk” when that email comes through.

Can I submit opportunities and articles to the eBULLETIN?

Yes. Email Salesi Le'ota with the details. Submissions must be received by the last Monday of each month to make the following month’s newsletter.

Contact Salesi Le'ota with any enquiries.
(eBulletin, website, Playmarket Annual, Playmarket Play Series, media enquiries)

SCHOOLS

Contact Salesi Le'ota with any school enquiries or visit SCHOOLS.
(Script orders, Playwright visits, rehearsal scripts)