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What is a performance license?

Any time a copyrighted piece of theatrical work is presented in front of an audience, a performance license and royalty fees are required, regardless of the size of the audience or whether or not an admission fee is charged. Performances that take place without a performance license violate Federal Copyright Law and are subject to penalties.

> Click here to apply for a Performance License online

> Perusal scripts can be ordered for a nominal fee to assist you with your play selection.

What if I am just reading the script with my classroom?

For scripts to be read by students in the classroom, please apply for a Classroom Reading License. This fee is $50 per classroom per semester, and includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your students. The Classroom Reading License is NOT applicable for live performances. Live performances would consist of any reading in front of an audience, and would include performances without props/costumes or a paying audience.

> Please click here to apply for a Classroom Reading License

How long does it take?

We will respond to your request as soon as possible, however, it may take up to 14 days to process your application. If your request is time sensitive, please mention that in the Notes section of your application. You will receive an email confirming your application and giving you a royalty quote. If you haven't received an email within 14 days of your application, please contact us.

Some performances or locations may be restricted. Do not assume that you have the rights to the production until your performance license has been confirmed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at pna@childrenstheatre.org.

If I apply for a license, am I committed to performing the show?

No- after submitting the form, a PNA representative will be in contact to approve your license and send you a quote. If you would like to proceed with a license, confirm via email and PNA will send you an official invoice and contract. 

Do I have to apply for a license and pay royalties for free or invited performances? 

Yes, a license is required under the law, whether or not admission is charged. These can include "invited" dress rehearsals, benefit performances, pay-what-you-can performances, etc. A valid performance license is required for all of these performances. 

Can I edit, cut, or add to any of your scripts? 

Any script edits must be approved by Plays for New Audiences and the artistic team in charge of the script. The only exception are the select scripts that allow cutting only for educational competitions. Refer to your licensing agreement for specific requirements for more information.