Kesselring Emergency Grant

The Dramatists Guild Fund awards one-time emergency grants to individual playwrights, lyricists and composers in need of temporary financial assistance due to unexpected illness or extreme hardship.

To be considered for personal grant, you must have had a play or musical either presented for a paying audience anywhere in the United States or Canada, and/or published by a legitimate publishing/licensing company; or be an active member of The Dramatists Guild.

After submitting the Kesselring Grant application form, in order for your application to be complete, please submit a recent bank statement, along with a resume or biography, and any other pertinent information you wish to include to the Dramatists Guild Fund, via grants@dgfund.org or by mail to the Fund’s offices.

ATTN: Executive Director
Dramatists Guild Fund
356 West 40th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018
Call 212.391.8384 for more information.
Fax: 212.202.4093

George Bailey Fund

The George Bailey Fund has been established to benefit the participants of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. The fund is open to first and second-year workshop members and will provide financial assistance for unforeseen expenses that go beyond the normal day-to-day cost of living and can hinder the pursuit of the craft.

The name of the fund was inspired by a scene in It’s A Wonderful Life, which stems from an assignment given during the workshop. In the scene, George Bailey gives his friends and neighbors what they need to tide them over financially, which is exactly what the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, hopes the fund will achieve. As someone who has participated in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, the donor has seen firsthand how unexpected expenses can interfere with the creative process needed to succeed in the program and wanted to offer financial support to those in need during the early stages of their careers.

Grants of up to $500 per person will be awarded during each workshop term, September through August and eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

All applications will be managed by The Dramatists Guild Fund and workshop director Patrick Cook, BMI’s Director of Jazz & Musical Theatre, along with workshop administrator Frederick Freyer, will determine the eligibility for grants.

All applicants’ personal information will be kept strictly confidential.

"The Dramatists Guild Fund is there to catch you when you fall. Jobless and unable to pay my rent, I thought I had nowhere to turn, but then I applied for an emergency grant from the DGF. With its financial support, the Dramatists Guild Fund helped me get through one of the toughest times of my career."
Katori Hall

2010 Olivier Award winner for The Mountaintop

"I applied to the Fund when I was in real and totally unromantic trouble. Help arrived speedily and quietly in the form of a grant, which allowed me to pay my rent. The Fund does not dole out statues and plaques; it gives people help when people need help."
Will Eno

Pulitzer Prize finalist for Thom Pain (based on nothing)

"The Fund helped me at a very crucial time—most every writer knows what I'm talking about: that knuckle-gnawing period between a commission and royalty check. Because of the Fund, I was able to feed and shelter my piano (and myself) for a short, critical while."
Michael John LaChiusa

Hello, Again; Marie Christine; The Wild Party



Each year the Dramatists Guild Fund provides grants to nonprofit theaters and theatrical institutions across the country that develop and/or produce contemporary American plays and musicals in support of the American writer.

DGF seeks to recognize applicants that pursue a clearly defined mission and support American writers for the theater and their work. Our Board and Staff are hard at work evaluating how we can best support the ever-changing climate of arts funding in America. In this light we are internally assessing new funding formats and priorities for the 2017-2018 granting cycle.

Please note our granting timeline will shift as a result of these changes. Applications this year will open in September.

For questions about the application process, email grants@dgfund.org or call 212.391.8384.
“With the help of the DGF grant, Fierce was able to raise additional funding and mount all 4 projects as full productions rather than 2 workshops and 2 full productions. This gave each playwright the chance to experience more fully realized staging.”
Fierce Backbone Theater Company
“That kind of generous and immediate response is truly exceptional, even among funders like the Dramatists Guild Fund who already do so much good work for writers and theaters across the country.”
CYNTHIA FLOWERS Executive Director, Soho Rep.
“The Dramatists Guild Grant was used exactly as anticipated and yielded results that simply could not have been attained without the generous support.”
The Bloomington Playwrights Project
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