I think I have a good solution to the question of how to ensure that we distribute playwriting dollars to those who need them. Basically, there’s an epidemic of good playwrights who use New York success to move them into the LA screenwriting scene. I think this creates a sort of feedback loop, wherein New York success leads to LA dollars that leads back to New York success (the triumphant return of the screenwriter to the grateful city.) We need to move these dollars out of the cycle, and get cash to Montana, to Nebraska, to Wyoming, to Arkansas, to Vermont, to Mississippi. Therefore, maybe all professional royalties in Los Angeles for original or licensed scripts should pay fees into a trust. Not the NEA, but a trust or foundation organized for those purpose. Then, someone, perhaps a Chairperson, at the trust could take in those fees and determine where underserved communities are in the most need. That way, wealthy playwrights would be funneling their own success back into the market.
What do you think?