Payments

Approved professional and nonprofessional performance licenses require two types of payments:

1. Advance Payment: The Advance Payment may be made immediately upon application by credit card or PayPal or within 30 days if you choose to pay by bank transfer, check, or use a purchase order number. It is recommended that you conservatively estimate information for the Advance Payment as Advance Payments are nonrefundable.

2. Final Payment: A Final Payment sent with a summary Box Office Statement, indicating gross box-office revenue, is required within three business days of the closing date. It is strongly recommended that you use our downloadable Box Office spreadsheets for your Box Office Statement submission. Box Office Statements are required regardless of whether a Final Payment is due. (See FAQs for definition of gross box office.)

Review the appropriate Payments Schedule below for detailed information, including Advance Payment calculators and Box Office Statement spreadsheet downloads to accompany Final Payment submission.

Professional Payments Schedule

Approved professional performance licenses require two types of payments:

1. Advance Payment

To secure performance rights, a calculated nonrefundable Advance Payment is required. The Advance Payment may be made immediately upon application by credit card or PayPal or within 30 days by bank transfer or check. Performance rights are not secured and restrictions do not go into effect until the Advance Payment has been made.

The Advance Payment is automatically calculated on the website using the following formula: Seating Capacity * Average Ticket Price * Number of Performances * 3%, rounded up to $10. This figure is the Guaranteed Advance against the author’s weekly 10% (or 12%, see titles below) of the weekly box-office gross. In the event the Advance calculation falls below the per performance minimums of $100 for a full-length play and $50 for a one-act play, the minimums will apply as the Advance.

Advance Calculator Full Length

Advance Calculator One Act

In the case of the titles ANCESTRAL VOICES by A R Gurney, SCREEN PLAY by A R Gurney, and UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL by Glen Berger, the Advance is the figure against the author’s 12% of the weekly box-office gross.

As noted, Advance Payments are nonrefundable. If there are special circumstances with your production, contact us to request a refund.

2. Final Payment

A Final Payment sent with a summary Box Office Statement, indicating weekly gross box-office revenue, is required within three business days of the closing date. The Final Payment is required to bring the author’s weekly royalties to the appropriate percentage, either 10% or 12% as indicated above, of the weekly box-office gross. Note that submission of a summary Box Office Statement is required regardless of whether a Final Payment is due.

Automatically Calculate Final Payment

To automatically calculate Final Payment for a play performed alone download the Excel (xlsx) Professional Box Office Spreadsheet.

To automatically calculate Final Payment for a play performed together with other plays, such as in a production of multiple one-act plays, download the Excel (xlsx) Professional Box Office Spreadsheet for Multiple Plays.

How to Manually Calculate Final Payment

Because the math can be complicated, you are advised to use and submit the appropriate automated Professional Box Office Spreadsheet above, in which case you may skip to Section 3 below, but if you prefer you may manually calculate the Final Payment using the formulas below and submit your own summary box-office documentation.

Example: Theater A has 300 seats, an average ticket price of $17.50,  and will do 48 performances over a six-week run. Guaranteed Advance = $7,560. Divide the Guaranteed Advance by number of weeks to arrive at the Weekly Advance Amount: $7,560/6 = $1,260.

Calculate Week 1 RoyaltyWeekly Box Office Gross * Author’s Percentage
$18,000 * .10 (or .12 if title listed above) = $1,800
Calculate Week 1 OverageWeekly Royalty – Weekly Advance Amount
$1,800 – $1,260 = $540

$540 is the Overage due for Week 1. Continue these calculations for each week of the run. Upon completion of the run, sum the Weekly Overages, disregarding any negative amounts, to arrive at the Final Payment amount and round up to $10. See example table below:

 Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Final Payment
Weekly Royalty$18,000 * .10 =
$1,800
$22,000 * .10 =
$2,200
$14,000 * .10 =
$1,400
$12,000 * .10 =
$1,200
$15,500 * .10 =
$1,550
$10,800 * .10 =
$1,080
Weekly Overage$1,800 - $1,260 =
$540
$2,200 - $1,260 =
$940
$1,400 - $1,260 =
$140
$1,200 - $1,260 =
-$60 [$0]
$1,550 - $1,260 =
$290
$1,080 - $1,260 =
-$180 [$0]

$1,910
Note on Presentation of Multiple Plays: In the event more than one play is presented in the production, such as in the case of multiple one-act plays, the Advance calculation will be automatically reduced accordingly, using the following formula: Seating Capacity * Average Ticket Price * Number of Performances * 3% divided by the total number of plays being presented, rounded up to $10.

Example: Theater A has 300 seats, an average ticket of $17.50, will do 48 performances over a six-week run, and will be performing three one-act plays. Guaranteed Advance = $7,560/3 = $2,520. Divide the Guaranteed Advance by number of weeks to arrive at the Weekly Advance Amount: $2,520/6 = $420.

In the case of two one-act plays being presented, divide the Weekly Royalty by two; in the case of three one-act plays, divide the Weekly Royalty by three; in the case of four one-act plays, divide by four, etc.

 Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Final Payment
Weekly Royalty$18,000 * .10 =
$1,800/3 = $600
$22,000 * .10 =
$2,200/3 = $733
$14,000 * .10 =
$1,400/3 = $467
$12,000 *.10 =
$1,200/3 = $400
$15,500 * .10 =
$1,550/3 = $517
$10,800* .10 =
$1,080/3 = $360
Weekly Overage$600 - $420 =
$180
$733 - $420 =
$313
$467 - $420 =
$47
$400 - $420 =
-$20 [$0]
$517 - $420 =
$97
$360 - $420 =
-$180 [$0]

$640

3. Submit Box Office Statement and Final Payment

The summary Box Office Statement and Final Payment may be submitted through the website Payments page. Fill out the form, add the Total Overage amount to the cart, and checkout as per usual. The Box Office Statement may be submitted in any of the following formats: pdf, xlsx, xls, ods, docx, doc, rtf, csv, txt. Payment may be made by credit card, PayPal, bank transfer, or check in US dollars only. Again, note that submission of a summary Box Office Statement is required regardless of whether a Final Payment is due.

Alternatively, you may print the Box Office Statement and mail with payment to: Broadway Play Publishing Inc, Accounts Receivable, 224 E 62nd St, NY, NY 10065.

Nonprofessional Payments Schedule

Approved nonprofessional performance licenses require two types of payments:

1. Advance Payment

To secure performance rights, a calculated nonrefundable Advance Payment is required. The Advance Payment may be made immediately upon application by credit card or PayPal or within 30 days by bank transfer or check. Performance rights are not secured until the Advance Payment has been made.

The Advance Payment is automatically calculated on our website using the following formula: Average Expected Audience * Average Ticket Price * Number of Performances * 10%, rounded up to nearest $5. This figure is the Guaranteed Advance against the author’s 10% of the production’s box-office gross. In the event the Advance calculation falls below the per performance minimums of $75 for a full-length play and $35 for a one-act play, the minimums will apply as the Advance.

Advance Calculator Full Length

Advance Calculator One Act

As noted, Advance Payments are nonrefundable with the exception of productions cancelled prior to any performances. In the event of a full cancellation, notify us to request a refund.

2. Final Payment

A Final Payment sent with a summary Box Office Statement, indicating the production’s gross box-office revenue, is required within three business days of the closing date. The Final Payment is required to bring the author’s royalties to 10% of the production’s box-office gross. Note that submission of a summary Box Office Statement is required regardless of whether a Final Payment is due.

Automatically Calculate Final Payment

To automatically calculate Final Payment for a play performed alone download the Excel (xlsx) Nonprofessional Box Office Spreadsheet.

To automatically calculate Final Payment for a play performed together with other plays, such as in a production of multiple one-act plays, download the Excel (xlsx) Nonprofessional Box Office Spreadsheet for Multiple Plays.

How to Manually Calculate Final Payment

Because the math can be complicated, you are advised to use and submit the appropriate automated Nonprofessional Box Office Spreadsheet above, in which case you may skip to Section 3 below, but if you prefer you may manually calculate the Final Payment using the formulas below and submit your own summary box-office documentation.

Example: Theater A has an average expected audience of 75, an average ticket price of $12, and will do 14 performances over a three-week run. Guaranteed Advance = $1,260. At the end of the run the production’s box-office gross = $15,000.

Calculate Production RoyaltyBox Office Gross * Author’s Percentage
$15,000 * .10 = $1,500
Calculate Production OverageProduction Royalty – Advance
$1,500 – $1,260 = $240

Round the Production Overage up to the nearest $5 to arrive at the Total Overage Due: $240.

Note on Presentation of Multiple Plays: In the event more than one play is presented in the production, such as in the case of multiple one-act plays, the Advance calculation will be automatically reduced accordingly using the following formula: Average Expected Audience * Average Ticket Price * Number of Performances * 10% divided by the total number of plays being presented, rounded up to nearest $5.

Example: Theater A has an average expected audience of 75, an average ticket of $12, will do 14 performances over a two-week run, and will be performing two one-act plays. Guaranteed Advance = $1,260/2 = $630. At the end of the run the production’s gross box office = $15,000.

In the case of two one-act plays being presented, divide the Production Royalty by two; in the case of three one-act plays, divide the Production Royalty by three; in the case of four one-act plays, divide by four, etc.

Calculate Production RoyaltyBox Office Gross * Author’s Percentage
$15,000 * .10 = $1,500/2 = $750
Calculate Production OverageProduction Royalty – Advance
$750 – $630 = $120

Round the Production Overage up to the nearest $5 to arrive at Total Overage Due: $120.

3. Submit Box Office Statement and Final Payment

The summary Box Office Statement and Final Payment may be submitted through the website Payments page. Fill out the form, add the Total Overage amount to the cart, and checkout as per usual. The Box Office Statement may be submitted in any of the following formats: pdf, xlsx, xls, ods, docx, doc, rtf, csv, txt. Payment may be made by credit card, PayPal, bank transfer, or check in US dollars only. Again, note that submission of a summary Box Office Statement is required regardless of whether a Final Payment is due.

Alternatively, you may print the Box Office Statement and mail with payment to: Broadway Play Publishing Inc, Accounts Receivable, 224 E 62nd St, NY, NY 10065.

Summary Box Office Statement Downloads

You are advised to use and submit the appropriate automated Professional or Nonprofessional Box Office Spreadsheets below, but if you prefer you may manually calculate the Final Payment using the formulas in the Professional or Nonprofessional Payments Schedule and submit your own summary box-office documentation.

Professional

Download the Professional Box Office Statement Spreadsheet
This Excel (xlsx) spreadsheet will automatically calculate Final Payment.
Download the Professional Box Office Statement Spreadsheet for Multiple Plays
This Excel (xlsx) spreadsheet will automatically calculate Final Payment for a play (or several plays) performed together with other plays, such as in a production of multiple one-act plays.

Nonprofessional

Download the Nonprofessional Box Office Statement Spreadsheet
This Excel (xlsx) spreadsheet will automatically calculate Final Payment.
Download the Nonprofessional Box Office Statement Spreadsheet for Multiple Plays
This Excel (xlsx) spreadsheet will automatically calculate Final Payment for a play (or several plays) performed together with other plays, such as in a production of multiple one-act plays.

Box Office Statement and Final Payment Submission

Submit summary Box Office Statements and make Final Payments for your productions on the following pages. Payment may be made by credit card, PayPal, bank transfer, check, money order, or cashier’s check in US dollars only. You may also choose purchase order as the payment method in order to be sent an invoice to submit to your accounting department for payment. Note that submission of a summary Box Office Statement is required for all professional and nonprofessional productions, except those for which no tickets were sold. Also note that it is not necessary to use the original account with which an order was placed to submit a Box Office Statement and Final Payment. If payment is required, a new account may be created during checkout. If no payment is required, an account is not necessary.

Professional

Professional with Final Payment Due: Submit Box Office Statement and Final Payment

Professional with No Final Payment Due: Submit Box Office Statement

Nonprofessional

 Nonprofessional with Final Payment Due: Submit Box Office Statement and Final Payment

Nonprofessional with No Final Payment Due: Submit Box Office Statement

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