Membership Criteria

Literary Agents - A qualified literary agent shall be:

(i) A person whose primary professional activity for the two years preceding application for membership in the Association has been as an author's representative for the selling of rights in and to literary works;
(ii) The agent principally responsible for executed agreements concerning the grant of publication, translation, or performance rights to ten different literary properties, through no fewer than five executed agreements, during the 18 month period preceding application for membership; and
(iii) An agent who shall conduct his or her business in such manner as to be in compliance with an agent's legal and fiduciary duties to the agent's clients and such Canon of Ethics and other standards as may be adopted by the Association.


Associate Agents – This category is for those not yet meeting the above requirements: Full time employees of an agent member who do not themselves qualify for agent membership but who are actively engaged in the selling of rights to literary or dramatic properties shall be qualified to become associate members of the Association. In order to become an associate member, their agent member employer must present a written application to the Board of Directors. Candidates must be willing to become full members when they qualify.

Dramatic Agents
– A qualified dramatic agent shall be
(i) A person whose primary professional activity for the two years preceding application for membership in the Association has been as a playwright's representative for the selling of rights in and to dramatic works (an agent's experience and activity in motion picture and television writing representation shall be given due weight);
(ii) The agent principally responsible for executed agreements concerning the grant of rights to five productions of plays before a live audience in any of the following venues: First Class theaters, Off Broadway theaters, LORT theaters, or major institutional theaters in New York City, during the 24-month period preceding application for membership; at least one such grant of production rights must have either used the Approved Production Contract of the Dramatists Guild of America or have been a grant for production of the play Off Broadway in New York City; and
(iii) An agent who shall conduct his or her business in such manner as to be in compliance with an agent's legal and fiduciary duties to the agent's clients and such Canon of Ethics and other standards as may be adopted by the Association.



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