Performance Access Programs
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 weeks 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 2019-2020 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:
- 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
- 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:
- Your group must serve students and/or families.
- 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.).
- 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 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 NSO Family Concert Application. For questions regarding this program, please call 202-416-8803.
The District of Columbia Partnership Schools Initiative, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by David M. Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by Exelon, Harman Family Foundation, The Morningstar Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, Dr. Deborah Rose and Dr. Jan A. J. Stolwijk, the U.S. Department of Education, and Wells Fargo.
The content of these programs may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, but do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.