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Whether your budget is big or more modest, rigorous attention to financial detail is key. While figuring out those big-ticket items (theater, rehearsal space, licensing fee, set and tech) is a great start, finances for any production often become unwieldy without careful consideration of the numerous smaller items that may take you by surprise as you go through the process. Furthermore, factoring in a production contingency is extremely useful, particularly when things happen - as they so often do in theatre - that you can't prepare for!

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To help you along your way, Samuel French has drafted a detailed budget ideal for the conscientious amateur producer. Download the PDF by clicking on the icon (left).
Please note: This is for perusal purposes only, and is intended to give you a framework. It should not be used in isolation or without careful research. Samuel French will not be held liable for any legal implications arising from the use of this budget sheet sample. All rights reserved.


In instances where you are using actors who are members of Actors' Equity Association, you should factor in the associated fees, salaries and work requirements. Check out Actors Equity Contracts and Codes, or contact a representative for more information. Other professions, such as musicians, hair and makeup, crew and technicians, are often represented by a union. Consult the appropriate website for each union, or contact their representative. Producing a show with union members, while not informing the union or paying the requisite fees is an offense, punishable by financial penalty, and you may be asked to cease and desist.