Live performances are back at the Lied Center!

The Lied Center will be open at full capacity for the 2021–22 season with some exciting new performances in the lineup! After 16 long months with no in-person events, we are ecstatic to welcome you back to your Lied Center of Kansas to enjoy Tony Award-winning Broadway shows, Grammy-winning musicians, world-renowned classical ensembles, folk artists, family-friendly performances and much more. See the entire season lineup >

Become a Friend of the Lied to enjoy advance ticket sales, discounts and more, while supporting the arts! The pandemic has left a big impact on the arts community, so your support is needed now more than ever. Any gift, big or small, can help ensure our stage will continue to thrive with world-class performing arts. Donate now >


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Why Donate to the Friends of the Lied?

  • Friends help ensure world-class performing arts are available in the KU and Lawrence communities.
  • Your donation helps keep ticket prices affordable for our community.
  • Friends help the next generation of performing arts lovers experience the best in children’s programming for free.
  • We SPOIL our Friends!

With donation levels beginning at $50, it’s easy to enjoy exclusive Friends opportunities and INVEST in the arts and in our community.

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Benefits

Ticket sales provide less than 40% of the funds necessary to bring world-class artists to Lawrence. Your generous financial contribution is critical to the Lied Center and helps make our community a wonderful place to live. Friends of the Lied donations start at $50 and are 100% tax-deductible.

  • 20% discount on full season and performance packages
  • 20% Single performance ticket discount
  • Meet and greet with a Lied Center Series artist before or after a performance (as available)
  • Special program recognition at a Friends-sponsored event

Plus all benefits in levels below

  • 20% discount on full season and performance packages
  • 20% Single performance ticket discount
  • Reserved parking for Lied Center Series performances
  • One free use of the Lied Center’s meeting and reception spaces (some restrictions apply)

Plus all benefits in levels below

  • 15% discount on full season and performance packages
  • 15% single performance ticket discount
  • Free ticket exchange, or Lied Center Series credit, anytime prior to Lied Center Series performances
  • Invitation to Intermezzo-complimentary refreshments during intermission at Lied Center Series events

Plus all benefits in levels below

  • 15% discount on full season and performance packages
  • 15% single performance ticket discount
  • Free ticket exchange, or Lied Center Series credit, one week + before to Lied Center Series performances
  • Invitation to education activities and receptions (as available)

Plus all benefits in levels below

  • 10% discount on full season and performance packages
  • 10% single performance ticket discount
  • Free ticket exchange, or Lied Center Series credit,  two + weeks before Lied Center Series performance
  • Invitations to exclusive Friends-only events

Plus all benefits in the level below

  • 10% discount on full season and performance packages
  • Access to Friends window at the Ticket Office
  • Advance ticket purchase
  • Pre-sale ticket offer for performances added after the season announcement (if artist allows)
  • Opportunity to purchase tickets to the Friends of the Lied exclusive Just Friends Jazz Series
  • Same season-to-season seat location for traditional season packages, during Friends pre-sale (not applicable to “Choose Your Own” series)
  • Recognition in the Lied Center Series performance programs
  • Access to Lied Center e-newsletters

By becoming a Friend of the Lied, your business can help bring the highest quality performances and meaningful education and community outreach programs to Lawrence. An investment in the Lied Center can also enhance your community exposure, client entertainment opportunities and a variety of marketing opportunities.

Friends of the Lied donations start at $100 and are 100% tax-deductible.

  • Company name and recognition at a Friends-sponsored event
  • 20% discount on full season and performance packages
  • 20% Single performance ticket discount
  • Meet and greet with a Lied Center Series artist before or after a performance (as available)
  • Special program recognition at a Friends-sponsored event

Plus all benefits in levels below

  • Company name and link placement on Lied Center website
  • One free use of the Lied Center’s meeting and reception spaces (some restrictions apply)
  • 20% discount on full season and performance packages
  • 20% Single performance ticket discount
  • Reserved parking for Lied Center Series performances

Plus all benefits in levels below

  • 50% discount on the use of the Lied Center’s meeting and reception spaces (some restrictions apply)
  • 15% discount on full season and performance packages
  • 15% single performance ticket discount
  • Free ticket exchange, or Lied Center Series credit, anytime prior to Lied Center Series performances
  • Invitation to Intermezzo-complimentary refreshments during intermission at Lied Center Series events

Plus all benefits in levels below

  • 15% discount on full season and performance packages
  • 15% single performance ticket discount
  • Free ticket exchange, or Lied Center Series credit, one week + before to Lied Center Series performances
  • Invitation to education activities and receptions (as available)

Plus all benefits in levels below

  • Company name in Lied Center Series performance programs
  • Company name on signage in lobby
  • 10% discount on full season and performance packages
  • 10% single performance ticket discount
  • Free ticket exchange, or Lied Center Series credit,  two + weeks before Lied Center Series performance
  • Invitations to exclusive Friends-only events

Additional marketing opportunities are available to donors who would like to sponsor an event. For details, contact the Lied Center at 785-864-2788.

VIP Sponsors make a significant donation to the Lied Center because they recognize the importance of the performing arts to our community. VIP Sponsors not only have the satisfaction of supporting the arts, they enjoy a valuable marketing opportunities.

VIP Sponsor Opportunities

Marketing value:

  • Recognition on the Lied Center’s electronic sign at 15th and Iowa
  • Recognition in Lied Center Series performance programs, including a full page color advertisement
  • Recognition in advertising for the event and in the performance program
  • Recognition on stage before the performance
  • Recognition (logo) on performance tickets

Additional performance-related opportunities may include the following:

  • 20% discount on Lied Center Series performances all season
  • Complimentary tickets and reserved parking during the performance
  • A private reception for up to 30 guests in conjunction with the performance

Letter from Board President

Marilyn Dobski, 2021–22

First, let me say how pleased I am to serve as the President of the Friends of the Lied Board for the 2021–22 season at the Lied Center of Kansas. I realize that, given the amazing history of this treasure in Lawrence, I stand on the shoulders of great women and men who have served in this position before me. I am struck by their willingness to serve and humbled by the call to follow them.

The vision of the Lied Center has been simply written in the following statement: We envision a world in which the arts are universally valued as essential to the human experience, and the Lied Center is a catalyst for realizing this ideal.

These last many months have been difficult for everyone but have provided us with a new realization about the value of the arts to our very existence. When live performances and entertainment in our country and around the world paused, we all found ourselves waiting to feel alive again.

The Lied Center of Kansas, striving to follow its vision, will proceed with the 2021–22 season. We will move forward together and as we engage as a community to acknowledge the value of the arts in Lawrence. We are all very hopeful and excited to welcome everyone back to the Lied this fall!

Now more than ever, we appreciate all who are Friends of the Lied. Donating as a Friend supports programming of world-class artists, community outreach, free school performances and so much more. If you are not a Friend of the Lied, please consider joining us this season. Whenever I leave a performance at the Lied Center, I marvel that such a jewel exists here in Lawrence, Kansas. I am always left with such an uplifting feeling that lingers; the same awaits all who will join me at the Lied this season.

I look forward to seeing many familiar faces and meeting new friends at the Lied Center this season!

Sincerely,

Marilyn Dobski, Board President