A professional associationFull membership
in AAR is restricted to agents whose primary professional activity for at least the two years preceding their application has been as an authors' or playwrights' representative. Agents may be approved in one or both branches.
Working agents who have not yet satisfied the requirements for full membership may join AAR as an Associate
. You must be sponsored by a Member agent
from the agency for whom you work.
- In the literary branch, an applicant must have been principally responsible for executed agreements concerning the grant of publication, translation or performance rights in ten or more different literary properties during the 18 months preceding the application.
- In the dramatic branch, an applicant must have been principally responsible for the grant of rights for at least five stage productions before live audiences in First Class, Off Broadway, LORT or New York City major institutional theaters during the two years preceding the application. At least one such grant must have used either the Approved Production Contract of the Dramatists Guild of America or have been for production Off Broadway in New York City. Film or television performance contracts are considered.
must agree to adhere to the AAR Canon of Ethics
. Member agents must have conducted, and must commit to continuing to conduct, their business in compliance with their legal and fiduciary duties to their clients.
Two active AAR member agents
must submit supporting recommendations on company letterhead, including specific information
costs $150 per calendar year, with a one-time $150 initiation fee. The application process
is individual and thorough.
Associates pay $75 per year with no application fee.
The Association of Authors' Representatives, Inc.
is a not-for-profit organization of qualified literary agents and dramatic representatives of the creators and owners of intellectual property. AAR
was formed in 1991 through the merger of the Society of Authors' Representatives, founded 1928, and the Independent Literary Agents Association, founded 1977.