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Kennedy Center Membership | Member Levels | Benefits

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As a monument to President Kennedy, the U.S. government provides funding for the building's maintenance and upkeep only. All performances—the elements that make the Kennedy Center a mesmerizing, living memorial to one of our most inspirational leaders— must be funded independently.

Only 42% of the Center's budget is funded by ticket sales and other earned income. If we relied only on ticket sales for our performance budgets, the results would be a devastating reduction in quality. Imagine an opera with half of the cast missing. Think of the "Nutcracker" without the corps de ballet or take the string section away from a Bach concerto. For each production, the Kennedy Center must raise approximately 39% of the cost from other sources—and so we look to those who value the arts most: our Members.

Your Membership contribution will help to raise the curtain on performances of international repute—events like the classical and cutting edge ballet companies, all new Kennedy Center productions and festivals, and the National Symphony Orchestra. It is the performances that make the Kennedy Center more than just another marble monument—the theater, opera, music, and dance performances on our stages provide the flame of inspiration that enriches us all.

Exclusive Benefits

This is our way of saying "thank you" for your generous support. All of our benefits are designed to truly enhance your Kennedy Center experience in ways that will be useful and meaningful to you. A Kennedy Center Membership will keep you connected to the most exciting and anticipated theatrical, musical, dance and performance events in Washington, with exclusive benefits that are truly outstanding, including Members-Only Ticket Priority, an exclusive subscription to the On the Aisle newsletter, and much more.

Join Now and the Benefits are Yours! You'll enjoy these Exclusive Benefits and Privileges as a Member of the Kennedy Center…

$60 Sustainer | $120 Contributor | $300 Donor | $600 Sponsor | $1,200 Patrons' Circle |

Read full descriptions of the Member benefits listed below

$60 Sustainer ($60 tax-deductible)
Members-Only Ticket Priority *
Exclusive subscription to the On the Aisle newsletter
Subscription to the Kennedy Center News magazine
10% discount on all your purchases at either of the Kennedy Center Gift Shops
Discounts to Explore the Arts events
10% discount at the Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant and KC Cafe
Provide local school children special arts education opportunities
$120 Contributor ($80 tax-deductible)
Admittance to Member Lounges
Four Parking discount coupons, each good for $2 off the regular rate in the Kennedy Center garage
Invitation for two to a "Curtain Up" Theater event
Invitation for two to a National Symphony Orchestra Working Rehearsal
Provide hidden support to an eighth-grade class to use music to explore mathematics, science, and more
$300 Donor ($172 tax-deductible)
Invitation to a "Meet the Conductor" Reception for you and a guest
Invitation to a Ballet Dress Rehearsal and Tea for you and a guest
Second invitation for two to a National Symphony Orchestra Working Rehearsal
Help make arts training available to 1,700 regional teachers
$600 Sponsor ($424 tax-deductible)
Members-Only access to the Preferred Instant-Charge Ticket Service Desk
Exclusive Backstage Experience for you and a guest.
Invitation to purchase tickets to the Kennedy Center's 4th of July Celebration
Third invitation for two to a National Symphony Orchestra Working Rehearsal
Help students welcome NSO musicians to their school
$1,200 Patrons' Circle ($940 tax-deductible)
Admission to exclusive Circles lounges during all performances
All Basic Kennedy Center Member Benefits
Your name listed in PLAYBILL® and the Kennedy Center annual report
Reservations for the best tables at the Kennedy Center’s Roof Terrace Restaurant
An invitation to one complimentary Cast Party with prominent guest artists
Access to the Preferred Instant-Charge hotline for ordering tickets
$1,200 and Higher Circles Levels
Becoming a member at an elite Circles level will allow you access to the best tickets, private cast parties with the stars, invitations to high-profile events, like the Kennedy Center Honors, and special recognition opportunities throughout the year. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Circles Member.


Additional questions about Membership?

You may contact Member Services via e-mail or by calling Member Services at: (202) 416-8310 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*Tickets available to Members after Subscribers but before the general public, and are for Kennedy Center presentations only. Excludes Kennedy Center Honors and Gala performances, as well as the Washington National Opera, Washington Ballet, Washington Performing Arts Society, and certain other non-Kennedy Center presentations. Back to top