Theatrical financing has been conducted in much the same way for the better part of a century. This method, however, has consistently provided only the shows with access to the deepest of pockets a path to Broadway. The advent of Internet-based crowdfunding provides producers access to a potential source of capital that was previously unavailable. Prior to the promulgation of the SEC regulations regarding Title IV of the JOBS Act, this capital could only be accessed through donation or reward based financing campaigns, but with the introduction of Regulation A+, there is finally a practical method for the widespread solicitation of investors for theatrical productions. This comment explores the realities of theatrical financing as well as the associated regulations regarding the sale of these sorts of securities. Part I will describe the background of theatrical financing and the governing regulations, and will highlight the restrictions faced by theatrical producers under the current framework. Part II will set forth the specifics of Regulation A+ and asserts that this framework for equity crowdfunding is particularly well suited to the unique aspects of theatrical financing. Part III will address potential shortcomings and objections to this assertion.
Audience Participation: Crowdfunding Large Scale Theatrical Productions Through Regulation A+,
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