Sep 30, 2013 View All News



Successful Ticket Fund Has Introduced Over 17,000 Children, Adults, Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons to Arts Center programs

Community-Based Organizations Sought for Partnerships in Distributing
$130,000+ Worth of Tickets

Application Deadline: May 9, 2014

Newark, NJ (September 30, 2013) – After distributing over 2,000 tickets last season, and over 17,000 total tickets in sixteen years, The NJPAC Ticket Subsidy Fund will continue to provide low-cost access to individuals with limited means to performances throughout NJPAC’s 2013-14 season. At a cost of $6 per ticket, constituents of nearly 60 nonprofit community-based social service organizations have attended 475-plus performances at NJPAC through The NJPAC Ticket Subsidy Fund, and 2,100 tickets, for seats in all seating sections, will be distributed this season. NJPAC is now accepting applications from organizations interested in participating in the program. 

To receive an application, call 973-297-5843. Applications must be completed and returned to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center no later than May 9, 2014.

The NJPAC Ticket Subsidy Fund was founded by Allen and Joan Bildner. Additional funding has been received from Dana and Peter Langerman, Meg and Howard Jacobs, Reitman Industries and NJPAC’s President’s Fund for Community Engagement. Individuals, corporations or foundations interested in contributing to The NJPAC Ticket Subsidy Fund may contact the Arts Center’s Development Department at 973-353-8045.

Only community-based social service organizations operating in New Jersey may apply to participate in the 2013-2014 NJPAC Ticket Subsidy Fund. Special consideration will be given to agencies within a 20-mile radius of the Arts Center’s hometown of Newark, and to organizations serving diverse communities with constituencies of limited means. However, any qualified social service agency with IRS 501(c)(3) status will be considered. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet the financial commitment of the program and commit the organizational resources necessary to ensure the usage of NJPAC performance tickets. Universities/colleges and housees of worship are NOT eligible for this program.

In the words of one program participant, “I am very appreciative of the fact that as young men from the inner city, we have been able to immerse ourselves in the deep cultural experiences afforded to us by NJPAC. The event we attended was very uplifting, enjoyable and allowed us to forget our problems and rejoice in the spirit of the season.”

“The NJPAC Ticket Subsidy Fund is an important and extremely successful community partnership that has become one of the Arts Center’s hallmarks,” said Donna Walker-Kuhne, NJPAC Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “We relish the opportunity to introduce live arts experiences to new audiences young and old, and we look forward to welcoming additional organizations to the program this year.”

Organizations participating in the NJPAC Ticket Subsidy Fund during its first fifteen seasons include: Babyland Family Services, Inc., Broadway House for Continuing Care, Children’s Aid and Family Services, Salvation Army, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, La Casa de Don Pedro, Inc., Newark Best Friends, Be Whole Inc., North Ward Cultural Center, Bethel Counseling Services, Sister’s Network of Central NJ, Success Stories, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, Offender Aid and Restoration of Essex County, Bayonne Community Cancer Support Group, PEP Foundation, Essex County Casa, Family Connections, Friendship House, Prevention Links, and Isaiah House-Brother-Brother.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States. It is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists, while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (including more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.