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Kennedy Center to give away tickets to every show of the 2011-2012 season

August 31, 2011 - 11:30 AM
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 40th anniversary on Sept. 19, and in honor of the milestone, they're giving away two tickets to every single performance of the 2011-2012 season. The giveaway is open to everyone, and the entry period begins tomorrow, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m.

To be clear, KenCen is giving away two tickets to a different winner for every performance of the season, rather than giving away seats for every show to one person, a la the annual 9:30 Club giveaway. And entrants are able to state a genre preference, so that you won't get stuck with opera tickets if you're a big jazz fan, or vice versa (although "selecting a preference does not guarantee winning in the specified category," according to a press release).

Between tomorrow and Sept. 19, participants can enter online (at www.kennedy-center.org/kc40 beginning tomorrow morning), in person at the Kennedy Center box office, or by phone via Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. Everyone who enters will also be eligible to win one of three Grand Prizes: Tickets to the Kennedy Center Honors(!), the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony, or the NSO Season Opening Ball.

The giveaway also marks the launch of MyTix, a program designed to increase access to performances for "young people aged 18-30, the underserved, and members of the armed forces," according to the release. Full text of the announcement is below:

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—On Monday, September 19 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate its 40th birthday with a free ticket giveaway. The 40th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway will award two FREE tickets to every Kennedy Center–presented performance taking place throughout the 2011–2012 season. The giveaway also serves as the launch of MyTix, a program designed to increase access to performances for young people aged 18-30, the underserved, and members of the armed forces. Funded by Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein and his wife Alice Rubenstein, MyTix is part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program which enables audiences to engage in more ways, at more times, and in more places than ever before.

The 40th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway is open to all. The entry period opens September 1 at 10 a.m. At that time participants will be able to register to win a pair of tickets to a performance in the 2011-2012 season. Participants may enter online by completing an entry form at kennedy-center.org/kc40, in person at the Kennedy Center Box Office, or by phone via Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. Patrons will be asked to indicate a genre preference (Theater, Ballet, Dance, Chamber Music, Jazz, National Symphony Orchestra, NSO Pops, Washington National Opera, or Family) although selecting a preference does not guarantee winning in the specified category. All who enter will also be eligible to win one of three Grand Prizes: performance tickets to the Kennedy Center Honors, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, or the NSO Season Opening Ball. Once the registration period closes on September 19, winners will be randomly selected and then notified by email no later than September 22. Winners will be listed on the Kennedy Center website and will receive their tickets by mail.

For the official rules and regulations of the ticket giveaway visit www.kennedy-center.org/kc40.

The giveaway serves to launch the Center’s new MyTix program, which is designed to increase access to performances for people aged 18-30 and active duty members of the armed forces. Additionally, through its partnerships with community organizations, the Center will work to reach members of the underserved population. MyTix will also offer discounted, complimentary, and last-minute tickets to select performances. After registering at kennedy-center.org/mytix, MyTix members can build an online profile where they may indicate genre preferences, sign up for a bi-weekly newsletter and ticket alerts, join the MyTix online community through Facebook and Twitter, and have access to other benefits such as discounts on food and beverage service and at the Kennedy Center Gift Shops.

MyTix members will have opportunities to win complimentary tickets to Kennedy Center events throughout the season via online giveaways. Members are eligible to win up to two free tickets per performance for a maximum of three engagements per season. In order for MyTix members to receive their tickets to attend their first performance, a government-issued ID must be presented at the Box Office to verify proof of age or military status. Once eligibility has been verified, MyTix members will be able to use the print-at-home option for future tickets. The MyTix website will launch September 19 at 10 a.m.

The Rubenstein Arts Access Program features The Millennials Project—a strategic and concerted programming effort to build audience members aged 18-30; the Center’s new MyTix initiative; and arts education programs for teachers and students grades K-12 that bring arts into the classrooms across the United States, including the Any Given Child initiative that is currently working in Sacramento, California; Springfield, Missouri; Portland, Oregon; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Sarasota, Florida.

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