Your support is needed now more than ever.

At the Lied Center, we believe the arts are essential to the human experience. This core belief rings true especially during challenging times. Although the 2020–21 season has been unlike any other in our 27-year history, with no audiences inside the Lied Center since March 2020, we remain dedicated to spreading hope, joy and inspiration through the performing arts. Thanks to the support of our Friends of the Lied and VIP Sponsors, the Lied Center has presented safe and uplifting experiences during the pandemic, including dozens of virtual events and socially distanced pop-up performances in neighborhoods and outdoor spaces in the Lawrence area.

As we look ahead to the future, we need your help now more than ever. Any gift, big or small, can help bring world-class performing arts to the community and ensure our stage will thrive again.

We can’t wait for the day when we can welcome you back to your Lied Center of Kansas. Our outlook for the 2021–22 season is bright, and our Friends of the Lied will be among the first to know all the details when they become available—including any new show announcements or information about updated seating capacity. In the meantime, please continue to take care, be safe and wear a mask so we can all gather again soon. Thank you for your support, flexibility and understanding in this very fluid situation.

See the latest news regarding Lied Center policies and other COVID-19 information >


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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

Martha Gage, 2020–21

One of the Lied Center’s core missions is to serve “as a communal gathering space for shared experience, connection, conversation and the celebration of achievement.” Entering the 2020–21 season, this sense of community is more important than ever. Current events may have expanded our idea of “gathering” to include virtual birthday parties, homemade anniversary meals and even jazz concerts livestreamed with hundreds of friends! As we look forward to the season ahead, the Lied Center remains deeply rooted in bringing the community together for connection, conversation and celebration through the performing arts.

If you’re a Friend of the Lied, you have supported the performing arts by buying tickets, making donations, attending performances and sharing the Lied Center story. Many Friends provided additional support when times grew challenging. You are essential to the mission of the Lied Center, and we thank you sincerely for your continued contributions. If you have not become a Friend, we invite you to join us in supporting the power of artistic programming to inspire, unite and delight.

The 2020–21 Lied Center season is full of exciting and interesting events. Each of the past few years has presented opportunities to celebrate ongoing partnerships, new adventures, or historic touchpoints in the life of the Lied. This year is no exception.

One reason to celebrate this season is the expansion of the successful Lied Across Kansas program. The Lied Center has taken world-class artists on the road to perform for students and adults in four Kansas communities; this year children, teachers and parents in eight communities will be able to sing, dance and learn from these talented artists. In many cases, this will be a unique opportunity to experience the performing arts, especially for the students. And, of course, the entertaining programs that are offered to PreK–12 schoolchildren in Lawrence and the surrounding area will continue.

In addition, the Lied Center has received a substantial grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, empowering staff across the university to develop a diversity, equity and inclusion curriculum centered on the performing arts. This will be an innovative, interdisciplinary project focused on visiting artists’ work.

From symphony orchestras to jazz combos; from ballet to Broadway shows; from professional musicians to primary, secondary, and University of Kansas students who are perfecting their skills; from the KU Powwow & Indigenous Cultures Festival each spring to rock, country and classical, you will find your favorites at the Lied Center!

Again, thank you for your support!