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Performance Access Programs

America's Promise "Get on the Bus"

In response to General Colin Powell's national America's Promise campaign, the Kennedy Center developed the "Get on the Bus" program. This program supports Title I schools attendance at daytime Kennedy Center Performances, including tickets and transportation.

How to qualify for the program:

  • The school must be a Title I school
  • The school must be a public or charter school in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia and within a fifty-mile radius of the Kennedy Center
  • "Get on the Bus" Application Form must be completed and signed by the principal of the school
  • Notification of support will be sent to the applicant within 5 business days of application.

Applications are accepted from eligible schools until funding is exhausted. The earlier a school completes the application form, the greater the likelihood of receiving funding for its first choice of performance. Detailed information about eligible performances may be found in the 2013-2014 Kennedy Center/ National Symphony Orchestra Performances.

MyTix Community Groups

The MyTix Community Groups program has been developed to provide access to Kennedy Center performances during the evenings and on weekends for schools and community organizations that serve those who otherwise may not be able to attend due to limited financial resources. An application form must be submitted with accompanying requested documentation.

How to qualify for the program:

  • Groups must be derived from an established organization that can provide documentation establishing its status (e.g., 501(c)(3) status, articles of incorporation, etc.)
  • Organizations must meet one of the following criteria:
    1. schools must qualify as a USDoE Title I school, which indicates 40% or more of its students are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch; or
    2. non-school organizations must demonstrate that at least 40% of those it serves have incomes at or below 150% of the Federal poverty line.
  • The organization must directly serve one or more of the following targeted populations:
    Persons with disabilities
    Students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12
    Current and/or former members of the armed forces; veterans
    Senior citizens (age 65 and above, who are SSI eligible)
  • MyTix Community Group ticket requests must serve no fewer than 5 people, but no more than 20
  • Usage of tickets by groups will be monitored
  • Groups will be informed upon request of tickets, that usage will be monitored. Groups not using at least 75% of requested tickets may be suspended from participation in the program.

MyTix is also available to individuals (not part of a group) ages 18-30 or active military members. Please visit the MyTix homepage for more information.