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

The Dramatists Guild's Anti-Piracy Committee will host 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.

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

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 will be 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

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