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Performance Access Programs

Full Capacity

We have currently reached full capacity and are no longer accepting applications for the Get on the Bus Program for the 2017-2018 Season. We are still accepting applications for the MyTix Community Group and NSO Family Concert programs.

Please note: The Kennedy Center ticket policy for Hamilton has not been announced, but we do know that there will be no Group Sales for this show. We encourage you to apply for other performances in the season.

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 must be completed and then approved by the principal of the school. A principal's signature is required after schools have been accepted into the program.
  • Notification of support will be sent to the applicant within 3 weekdays 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 2017-2018 Kennedy Center School Performances Brochure.

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. The MyTix Community Groups application must be submitted with accompanying requested documentation to be considered.

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.

National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Family Concerts

The NSO Family Concert Program has been developed to provide access to NSO Family performances to students and families who otherwise may not be able to attend due to limited financial resources.

In order to qualify:

  1. Your group must serve students and/or families.
  2. Your group must be part of an established organization or school that can provide documentation establishing its status (e.g., 501(c)(3) status, articles of incorporation, etc.).
  3. Your group must be located in and serve residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia within a fifty-mile radius of the Kennedy Center.

NSO Family Concerts that qualify can be found in the 2017-2018 Family Concert Flyer.

Groups may request up to 40 tickets for one NSO Family Concert per season. Space is limited and tickets are first come, first served.

If you are interested in requesting tickets to the NSO Family Concerts please fill out the 2017-2018 NSO Family Concert Application. For questions regarding this program, please call 202-416-8803.