How You Can Help
Musical Theatre West is committed to keeping the art of musical theatre alive by producing quality shows. Only 75% of our costs are supported by ticket sales, leaving us with a 25% funding gap. We are reaching out to you, our most valued assets, to support MTW’s mission by giving what you can. There are many ways to contribute, and some of the simplest can be some of the most far-reaching. Spread the word about your love of MTW to your friends; bring them to a show; or share how much you enjoyed a show through social media, email, or good old-fashioned word of mouth. Introduce a new generation to the arts by bringing grandkids, nieces, nephews, and their friends to the theatre. These seemingly small gestures help keep musical theatre alive – not just for MTW, but for generations to come.
General Donations – To maintain and elevate the quality of musical theatre, we depend on additional financial support above and beyond the price of the tickets purchased for our productions. There are several ways you can support our organization. On the righthand side of this page, there is a donate button where you can select the amount you would like to give. You could also download our Donor Pledge Form and mail a donation to Musical Theatre West, 4350 E. 7th Street, Long Beach, CA, 90804. Or you are welcome to call Kate Luhr at 562-856-1999 x229 to process your donation over the phone.
Producer’s Club – The Musical Theatre West Producer’s Club is a group of invaluable patrons whose annual donations support many of our most vital programs and projects. In return for their generosity, Producer’s Club members are granted “behind-the-scenes” access to Musical Theatre West, including invitations to meet-the-cast functions and cast parties, exclusive gatherings with staff and artists, advance notice and previews of upcoming shows and special events, and use of the Producer’s Lounge off the Carpenter Center lobby. Membership is $2,000 annually. If you’re interested in joining, please contact Kate Luhr for further information at email@example.com.
Sponsorship – Musical Theatre West is seeking sponsorship-level donors to help underwrite the up-front costs of staging a production, including royalties, set and costume rentals, and operational costs, among other large expenses. Sponsors receive recognition during curtain speeches, signage in the lobby, acknowledgement on various printed materials (programs, advertisements, direct mail pieces, etc.), and discounted tickets to the show(s) they help produce. Donors have the opportunity to sponsor the full season, individual shows, or youth performances. Please contact Kate Luhr for further information at 562-856-1999 x229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporate Giving – Musical Theatre West is seeking partnerships with corporations who are as committed to the arts and education as we are. These partnerships provide MTW with much-needed funding to further our mission while offering unique marketing opportunities for the corporations that sponsor us. Additionally, many companies will match donations of their employees to charitable organizations. Please consider inquiring about your company’s charitable giving policies to see if matching donations are a possibility. If you’re interested in a partnership, please contact Kate Luhr for further information at 562-856-1999 x229 or email@example.com.
Program Advertising – Print advertising is a great way to promote your business while showing the community that you support Musical Theatre West! MTW programs go directly into the hands of over 30,000 patrons a year (an audience that includes many affluent cultural leaders in the community) as well as students who attend our education and outreach performances. Please contact Christopher Ubiadas for further information at Christopher@musical.org.
Auction Items – Our annual fundraiser, Broadway in the Park, has become one of Southern California’s most popular fundraisers with over 500 attendees yearly. A large part of the evening’s proceeds come from the silent and live auction. That’s where you come in! We are seeking donations of items such as hotels, flights, event tickets, artwork, etc. The success of this fundraiser is the direct result of being provided with quality, highly-desirable items to auction from our community of corporate support. Please contact Kate for further information at 562-856-1999 x229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-kind Donations – Musical Theatre West has numerous operational and fundraising activities that utilize everyday resources like computers, laser printers, iPads, etc. We also need charming spaces to hold fundraisers, and warehouse space for costume and set storage. We will happily accept donations of office supplies, food service materials, and other miscellaneous items. Please contact Kate for further information at 562-856-1999 x229 or email@example.com.
Footlighters – Founded in 2001, the Footlighters provide crucial financial support for Musical Theatre West through fundraising activities, including Music in the Morning, Opening Night Dinners, and other special events. The Footlighters also sponsor a scholarship program which each year awards several $1,000 scholarships to high school students who wish to continue their education in the arts. Please click here for more information.
Guild – With over 200 members, the Guild are truly the “worker bees” of Musical Theatre West. Each year the Guild donates over $300,000 in labor through their volunteer activities. Guild members work as ushers at performances, run the lobby gift booth, provide assistance backstage and at auditions and rehearsals, and lend clerical assistance at the administrative offices. Musical Theatre West truly could not operate without the incredible support the Guild provides. Please click here for more information.