Songwriters Stephen Sondheim, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Schwartz and More Band Together April 21 to Stop Sheet Music Piracy

By Michael Gioia
21 Apr 2014

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Photo by Corey Hayes

The Dramatists Guild's Anti-Piracy Committee hosts its first anti-piracy awareness event April 21 from 5 PM–7 PM in New York City. Tony winners Stephen Sondheim and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Grammy winner Stephen Schwartz are scheduled to be in attendance.

During the event, according to the committee, "established and up-and-coming musical theatre writers will pair up to reach out to known sheet music pirates and ask them to take down the links to their sheet music. The day is intended to raise awareness about the problem of sheet music piracy and take steps against the digital distribution of stolen sheet music."

Participating writers include committee chair Craig Carnelia and committee members Stephen Flaherty, Kait Kerrigan, Andrew Lippa, Brian Lowdermilk, Georgia Stitt and Sean Patrick Flahaven.

The committee is joined by Julia Jordan, Michael Kooman, Amanda Green, Schwartz, Gretchen Cryer, Nancy Ford, Micki Grant, Mark Hollmann, Miranda, Adam Gwon, David Shire, Nathan Tysen and Sondheim.



The Anti-Piracy Committee was founded in 2010 after Dramatists Guild member Stitt brought sheet music piracy to the Dramatists Guild's attention with a community-wide email entitled "What happens when I get angry about my sheet music being traded for free."

The committee has produced numerous resources for writers, such as guides for self-publishing sheet music as well as "Someone Wrote That Song," a musical PSA with music by Menken and lyrics by Carnelia. Resources and more can be found at DramatistsGuild.com/AntiPiracy.aspx.

For more information, contact Tari Stratton at the Dramatists Guild of America at (212) 398-9366, ext. 20 or tstratton@dramatistsguild.com.