Support the Tennessee Theatre

 

There are many ways to support the Historic Tennessee Theatre.  Because ticket sales only generate a portion of our income, we rely on the investment of the community to fulfill our mission.  From our annual membership program with a variety of benefits to our Take A Seat program where you can have your name permanently placed on a chair in the auditorium among other giving options, your tax-deductible gift helps preserve, maintain, and operate The Official State Theatre of Tennessee as a performing arts facility and theatre for the benefit and enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.

Like many theatres around the world, the Tennessee Theatre temporarily closed its doors to the public in March 2020 due to the pandemic. As a nonprofit arts organization, closing our doors to the public means a significant loss of revenue. While our top priority is keeping our patrons, visiting artists, and staff safe and secure, funds from tickets, concessions sales, and rental fees are the main sources of income and contribute significantly to our financial stability. This closure greatly affects our ability to preserve this beautiful historic theater, and to share it with everyone in the community.

Ways to Give

Ticket sales only generate a portion of our income, so rely on the investment of the community to fulfill our mission.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Like many theatres around the world, the Tennessee Theatre temporarily closed its doors to the public in March 2020 due to the pandemic. As a nonprofit arts organization, closing our doors to the public means a significant loss of revenue. While our top priority is keeping our patrons, visiting artists, and staff safe and secure, funds from tickets, concessions sales, and rental fees are the main sources of income and contribute significantly to our financial stability. This closure greatly affects our ability to preserve this beautiful historic theater, and to share it with everyone in the community. 

We encourage you to donate what you might have spent on Tennessee Theatre tickets during a normal year. Or, help us fund necessary upgrades and changes to the venue and its equipment as we prepare to re-open in 2021. Your donation will help us weather this unfathomable storm and be ready to be here for the community when we’re able to be back together again.

Fundraising is an ongoing endeavor for any nonprofit, and the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation (HTTF) is dedicated to using donations wisely. If you’re looking for a way for your charitable gift to make a difference over a longer period of time, consider a donation to the Tennessee Theatre’s Endowment Fund.

While our ticketed events generally pay for basic operational expenses, the HTTF is also committed to preserving and maintaining the investment made by the community in 2005, when the Tennessee Theatre was completely restored and renovated into a performing arts facility. To that end, an endowment fund, specifically restricted to capital expenses (major repairs, equipment upgrades, and eventual replacement of significant items like theater seats, historic carpets and curtains, etc.) has been created. Gifts to this endowment will be spent only on these items and never on general operating or programming expenses. A fully funded endowment will help protect against the need for “emergency fundraising” if disaster strikes the theatre and requires a significant capital expense.

How is an endowment gift different from an annual gift? An unrestricted annual gift is usually spent within the year it is received. An endowment is comprised of gifts and bequests with the requirement that they be invested while the principal remains intact. Only a percentage of the income growth is available to the nonprofit. This allows for each donation to have a much greater impact over a longer period of time than if they were spent all at once.

Besides a cash gift, donors also can make gifts to the Tennessee Theatre Endowment fund of stock, property, or through estate planning. Gifts to the endowment are fully tax-deductible within federal and state laws.

If you’d like more information about planned Endowment giving, please contact Becky Hancock at 865.684.1200 ext 145.

Reserve your place in Tennessee Theatre history! Purchase a seat for yourself, in honor or memory of a special person, or in honor of an organization. A permanent brass plaque with up to two lines of text (25 characters max) will be placed on each seat you sponsor.
Gold Seats - $1000.00 (click to view available seats)

Silver Seats - $500.00 (click to view available seats)

Mighty Musical Monday is a monthly free concert event, taking place each first Monday of the month at noon unless otherwise noted, featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer organ and local guest performers.  This series is very popular with the senior community in Knoxville.  Your gift will help ensure this free series can continue for years to come. To learn more about the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, or to watch past Mighty Musical Monday peformances streamed during our closure, click here

Youth Arts Alliance was formed to provide arts enrichment to school aged children. Since its first year, the Youth Arts Alliance has provided over 3,000 tickets to students in the area. Youth Arts Alliance has also made possible Master Classes with cast members from our Broadway shows and classic movie screenings, and aims to continue to grow the opportunities and programs offered. Youth Arts Alliance relies on grant money and generous donations from individuals and businesses in the community in order to provide arts enrichment.  Your gift will help provide arts education in our community.

Planned giving provides an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for the organizations and/or causes that are meaningful to the donor.  These types of gifts provide support that continues long after the reading of a last will and testament.  Our planned giving document provides an overview of the options available for our organization but we strongly recommend that you consult your attorney and your tax or financial advisors to draw up an estate plan that is specific to your interests and needs.  To learn more about planned giving options, please contact Becky Hancock, Executive Director, at 865.684.1200 ext. 145. Please see our gift acceptance policy for guidelines on the types of gifts we can receive.

 

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Use the form below to donate to the historic Tennessee Theatre. We thank you for your support!