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Become a Member and make the Kennedy Center your home for the performing arts.

Pre-Sale Tickets | Exclusive Events | VIP Lounges | Special Discounts

As a Member, you will receive exclusive access and incredible benefits while supporting the Kennedy Center and JFK's legacy.

Members-Only Ticket Priority

Receive early access to tickets during special Members-Only presales.*

Exclusive Members-Only Events

Attend Members-Only events hosted throughout the year such as rehearsals, behind-the-scenes events, cast and crew Q & As, and after-show parties.

VIP Lounges & Backstage Access

Enjoy access to our private VIP lounges as well as backstage tours; you never know what interesting Member, celebrity, cast, or crew member you might meet.

Special Kennedy Center Discounts

Receive special discounts on parking, dining, gift shop purchases, and more.

Choose Your Membership Level

Select your desired level of Membership to claim exclusive Member benefits

Membership Levels
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Associate Member
$ 75 / yr
Fully tax-deductible

In thanks for your generous support, we are pleased to offer Associate Members the following benefits:

  • Members-Only Ticket Priority for ticket orders and subscription packages*
  • A 10% Discount at the Roof Terrace Restaurant, KC Café, and Kennedy Center Gift Shops
  • Exclusive Subscription to On the Aisle, our Members-Only newsletter
  • Discounts on Explore the Arts Events
  • A 20% discount at America Eats Tavern and 10% discount at Fiola Mare Restaurant, both located in nearby Georgetown
  • Access to Kennedy Center updates and discount offers
*Ticket Priority provides Members access to a selection of tickets for Kennedy Center presentations available for purchase before the general public.  Excludes the Kennedy Center Honors and Gala performances, as well as the Washington Ballet, Washington Performing Arts, and certain other non-Kennedy Center Presentations. Subscription orders are given priority treatment during the seating process. 
Contributor Member
$ 180 / yr
KC: $120 tax-deductible

All Associate Member benefits, plus

  • Admittance to Members-Only Lounges in the Concert Hall, Opera House, and Eisenhower Theater
  • Four $2-off Parking Discount Digital Coupons
  • Invitation for two to a "Curtain Up" Theater Event
  • Invitation for two to an NSO Working Rehearsal
Partner Member
$ 350 / yr
KC: $222 tax-deductible

All Contributor Member benefits, plus

  • An invitation for two to a "Meet the Conductor" Reception
  • An invitation for two to tour the Washington National Opera Costume Shop
  • Invitation for two to a Ballet Working Rehearsal
  • A second invitation for two to an NSO Working Rehearsal
Sponsor Member
$ 700 / yr
KC: $426 tax-deductible

All Partner Member benefits, plus

  • Reduced service fees on purchases for Kennedy Center performances (some exclusions may apply)
  • Eligibility to use the Preferred Access Ticket Line for ticket purchases
  • An invitation for two to a Backstage Experience, taking you backstage in one of our theaters
  • A third invitation to an NSO Working Rehearsal for you and a guest
  • An invitation for two to the President's Annual Meeting
  • Opportunity to request to purchase up to two tickets to the Kennedy Center Honors via the Priority Waitlist (as available)
  • Access to a reserved seating section for WNO's Opera in the Outfield®
Principal Member
$ 1,000 / yr
KC: $723 tax-deductible

All Sponsor Member benefits, plus

  • Invitation to purchase event passes to the Kennedy Center July 4th Celebration
  • Redeemable voucher for a collectible Kennedy Center souvenir cup (available with beverage purchase)
  • Priority invitations to purchase event passes to major special events at the Kennedy Center
  • A fourth invitation to an NSO Working Rehearsal for you and a guest

Increase your access to Kennedy Center programming and exclusive benefits by becoming a Circles Member today!

Not only will you receive more exclusive privileges and benefits in appreciation of your generous gift, you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution supports the Center’s wide variety of artistic and educational work both in this community and across the country.

Patron Circle
$ 1,800 / yr
KC: $1,711 tax-deductible
NSO: $1,636 tax-deductible
WNO: $1,711 tax-deductible

Circles Members enjoy a new selection of exclusive benefits, while maintaining the most popular Membership benefits, including Members-Only Ticket Priority, Restaurant and Gift Shop discounts, access to purchase event passes to the Kennedy Center's July 4th Celebration, Reduced Service Fees, access to the Kennedy Center Honors Priority Waitlist, use of the Preferred Access Ticket Line, and invitations to four NSO Working Rehearsals, a Ballet Working Rehearsal, and the President's Annual Meeting, plus

  • Admission to exclusive Circles Lounges in the Concert Hall, Opera House, and Eisenhower Theater, featuring complimentary snacks and full bar services charged to your account
  • Recognition in PLAYBILL® for all Kennedy Center performances
  • An invitation for two to a Circles Cast Party with prominent guest artists
  • Priority seating in the Roof Terrace Restaurant, available through the Circles Concierge
  • Special rates and discounts at Washington-area hotels and restaurants
  • An invitation for two to a WNO Dress Rehearsal for you and a guest
  • Access to attend NSO and Ballet pre-performance Prelude Plus lectures (with purchase of performance tickets)

Washington National Opera Patron Circle Members also receive:

  • An invitation for two to all Washington National Opera dress rehearsals (five offered per year)
  • An invitation for two to one Backstage Tour

National Symphony Orchestra Patron Circle Members also receive:

  • An exclusive annual CD recording of the NSO
  • An invitation for two to the Annual NSO Circles Reception with renowned guest artists and NSO musicians
Golden Circle
$ 4,000 / yr
KC: $3,677 tax-deductible
NSO: $3,602 tax-deductible
WNO: $3,443 tax-deductible

All Patron Circle benefits, plus

  • An invitation for two to a second Circles Cast Party
  • An Invitation for two to a second WNO Dress Rehearsal
  • The ability to purchase tickets through the Ticket Concierge Service—including prime orchestra seats (limit four) reserved exclusively for you, available up to 48 hours prior to performance
  • Waived service charges for ticket purchases made through the Ticket Concierge Service

Kennedy Center Golden Circle Members also receive:

  • An invitation for two to all Circles Cast Parties (four per year)

Washington National Opera Golden Circle Members also receive:

  • Invitations for two to all Director’s Dialogues, which give a rare perspective into the Artistic team’s vision for each mainstage production
  • Access to Opera Philadelphia’s VIP Ticket Service and Academy Ballroom Donor Lounge

National Symphony Orchestra Golden Circle Members also receive:

  • Early access to the program notes for your ticketed NSO performances via email
  • Invitation for two to one complimentary Post-Concert Reception with guest artists, and NSO musicians
  • Invitation for two to one Behind the Baton event, featuring a backstage tour of the Concert Hall
Producer Circle
$ 6,000 / yr
KC: $5,521 tax-deductible
NSO: $5,290 tax-deductible
WNO: $5,209 tax-deductible

All Golden Circle benefits, plus

  • An invitation for two to one Insider Event, including dinner and an interview with prominent guest artists in an intimate setting
  • Invitation for two to a third WNO Dress Rehearsal
  • Eligibility to rent private event spaces within the Kennedy Center
  • Access to an exclusive, Circles-Only parking section in the Kennedy Center Garage (available on a first-come, first-served basis)

Washington National Opera Producer Circle Members also receive:

  • Rehearsal Concierge Service, which gives you the opportunity to see our productions from the ground up when it is most convenient for you. A list of available dates is sent throughout the year
  • CD Commentaries of WNO Productions

National Symphony Orchestra Producer Circle Members also receive:

  • An invitation for two to attend Onstage with the NSO, a complimentary event featuring an evening reception followed by the opportunity to sit onstage with musicians during an NSO Pops rehearsal
Ambassador Circle
$ 10,000 / yr
KC: $9,365 tax-deductible
NSO: $9,056 tax-deductible
WNO: $8,819 tax-deductible

All Producer Circle benefits, plus

  • An invitation for two to a second Insider Event
  • An advance invitation to purchase two tickets for the award-winning, star-studded Kennedy Center Honors
  • Recognition in the Kennedy Center Honors Commemorative Book
  • An invitation for two to a fourth Washington National Opera Dress Rehearsal

Kennedy Center Ambassador Circle Members also receive:

  • Eligibility to take a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Concert Hall, Opera House, or Eisenhower Theater, as available

Washington National Opera Ambassador Circle Members also receive:

  • An invitation for two to the Clarice Smith Opera Series Lecture
  • A behind the scenes tour of the WNO Studio

National Symphony Orchestra Ambassador Circle Members also receive:

  • Eligibility to request a private tour of the Concert Hall
Chairman Circle
$ 15,000 / yr
KC: $14,287 tax-deductible
NSO: $14,056 tax-deductible
WNO: $13,741 tax-deductible

All Ambassador Circle benefits, plus:

  • An invitation for two to all WNO Dress Rehearsals (five offered per year)
  • Exclusive seating priority at all Kennedy Center Benefit Events and Galas
  • Discounted rental rates on select spaces within the Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center Chairman Circle Members also receive:

  • An invitation for an additional two guests to one Circles Cast Party of your choice

Washington National Opera Chairman Circle Members also receive:

  • An invitation for two to WNO’s Holiday Party
  • An invitation for two to a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program reception
  • An invitation to purchase premium tickets and enjoy a post-performance event for Washington National Opera Opening Nights (five offered per year)

National Symphony Orchestra Chairman Circle Members also receive:

  • Up to four complimentary tickets to a classical concert of your choice (pending availability)
  • The opportunity for you and two guests to sit onstage for a rehearsal of your choice (subject to availability)

 

Artist Circle
$ 25,000 / yr
KC: $24,287 tax-deductible
NSO: $24,056 tax-deductible
WNO: $23,276 tax-deductible

All Chairman Circle benefits, plus

  • VIP Reserved Seating at all Dress Rehearsals and Working Rehearsals
  • An advance invitation to purchase four tickets for the award-winning, star-studded Kennedy Center Honors
  • If attending the Honors, a complimentary invitation for the host couple to attend the Chairman’s Honorees Luncheon
  • The opportunity to have your donation publicly acknowledged in conjunction with a performance of your choice
Kennedy Center Artist Circle Members also receive:
  • The opportunity to observe a private rehearsal of a Kennedy Center production, pending availability

Washington National Opera Artist Circle Members also receive:

  • The opportunity to become a supernumerary for a WNO production with wig, make-up, and a costume (pending need and selected production, one per season)
Benefactor Gifts
$ 50,000 / yr

The Kennedy Center is pleased to offer various other benefits to donors making leadership level gifts.

For more information about these opportunities, please contact:

Kennedy Center: Megan Kimmins at 202-416-8328

Washington National Opera: Nicole Woods at 202-416-7849

National Symphony Orchestra: Jennifer Renner at 202-416-8071
What our members are saying
What does Membership
mean to you?
“I am so proud to be a Kennedy Center Member! I love feeling like I am an important part of this incredible institution, and getting even closer to the arts through my Membership benefits.”

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Contact

Membership Office

(202) 416-8310 membership@kennedy-center.org

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Circles Office

(202) 416-8068 circles@kennedy-center.org

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Corporate Fund Office

(202) 416-8426 corporatefund@kennedy-center.org

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