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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

Stephen Carttar, 2022–23

Thank you for your interest in the Lied Center of Kansas. Since its opening in 1993, this world-class venue has been a gathering place for family, friends and colleagues. My wife and I have introduced our grandchildren to Black Violin, joined friends for the America and Willie Nelson concerts, laughed with Steve Martin and Martin Short, watched in awe the piano keys of Emmet Cohen and celebrated many moments of joy in the auditorium and pavilion.

Yet a venue for performance is only the beginning. The Lied Center has continued to blossom into a force that serves KU and the greater community. Through its core activities, the Lied is a facilitator of the arts, creativity, engagement and community-building. As the vision statement says: “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.”

This vision is achieved not only through outstanding performances but also by outreach and engagement—school performances, workshops for KU students with professional artists, the Lied Across Kansas Tour, commissions of new works and more. These initiatives would not be possible without support from the Friends of the Lied. If you are already a Friend, thank you! If you are not, please consider joining today. Not only will you enjoy benefits such as ticket discounts, but you will also help assure the continued support of these valuable, life-enriching experiences for yourself and others.

With warm regards and tremendous appreciation,

Stephen Carttar
Friends of the Lied board president