Securing the rights to your chosen play is an important part of the JMK Award application process.
We cannot accept submissions until you have cleared all performance rights with the corresponding author’s representative. Take a close look at the first few pages of the script and find out who holds the production rights. If the playwright has been dead for over 70 years (this is standard in the UK) performance rights are not usually needed, but always check with the author’s estate or agent.
Obtaining rights and royalties can seem a daunting proposition, however it is neither as complicated nor as mystifying as you may suspect. Given enough time, rights are only a phone call away. A good rule to bear in mind is that if you suspect you should be paying rights for something it’s best to check.
Please don’t start work on your application until you have investigated whether it will be possible to secure the rights for the play you wish to use.