Updates: The Business of Broadway – November 2020

Looks like we will be closed longer than we had thought…

 

Broadway theaters have announced that no show is expected to perform prior to Summer 2021, although the common understanding is that we may not see viable audiences on Broadway until at least the Fall, 2021. Is anyone doing anything to help? The Broadway theatre owners have created a multitude of committees trying to analyze which CDC protocols about air-flow, disinfectant rules, and backstage “adjustments” must be made to the physical plant in time for a cast, crew, and audience to be truly safe. The rules keep changing and the committees keep talking…and no one has any answers at this time.

 

CHAPTER 12: Good and Bad Surprises

The Asian American Performers Action Collection has released its annual report, “The Visibility Report: Racial Representation on New York City Stages.”” …
— “White actors occupied 66.4 percent of roles on Broadway and 60.1 percent on nonprofit stages for the 2017-18 season.”
— “White writers were produced almost four times more than writers who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) writers, with 80 percent of Broadway productions and 79.1 percent of nonprofit shows.”
— “Overall, Black writers represented at 9.6 percent, Asian American writers at 6.2 percent, Middle Eastern/North African writers at 2.8 percent, and Latinx writers at 2.3 percent. Asian American writers made gains in the 2017-18 season, with 8 percent of Broadway productions, where the previous season employed none.”
— “The study shows that 84.6 percent of productions at nonprofit theatres employed white directors. On Broadway, 100 percent of musicals and all of the shows written by BIPOC writers and/or about the BIPOC experience were helmed by white directors.”
— “For every $1 spent on BIPOC actors, theatre companies spent $1.70 on white actors.”

 

CHAPTER 12: Good and Bad Surprises

     Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Grants Record $18.1M During Fiscal Pandemic Year” by Deadline’s Greg Evans – “Last year’s $14.8 million in grants had been the previous annual record.”

 

CHAPTER 18: Managers

     Effective Sept 7, 2020, minimum salaries for Managers increased by 3%:

New Manager minimums for Broadway will be $2,321.14 per week, subject to additional 8.5% vacation pay. Also required is a health insurance contribution of $230, a pension contribution of 8% and an annuity contribution of 10.5%, payable by the producer to the union. (During the pandemic, only a handful of House Managers are employed and often for a few weeks at a time during a load-out of a pre-existing show. Almost no Company Managers are employed unless a producer invites them in to work on taxes or other administrative duties.)

CHAPTER 14: Press Agents

     Effective Sept 7, 2020, minimum salaries for Press Agents increased by 3%:

New Press Agent minimums for Broadway will be $2,482.18 per week, subject to additional 8.5% vacation pay. Also required is a health insurance contribution of $230, a pension contribution of 8% and an annuity contribution of 10.5%, payable by the producer to the union. (During the pandemic, only a handful of Press Agents are employed and most often by non-theatre-related clients which are unaffected by Union minimums.)

 

 

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