TDF Ticket Subsidy Program

Keeping Shows Running While Word of Mouth Builds

Theatre Subsidy


After a project has been reviewed and approved by TDF's Play Selection Committee, TDF agrees to subsidize 300 to 4,000 tickets during the first eight weeks of the show's run and offer them to TDF's membership of more than 100,000 enthusiastic theatregoers.   

For Broadway shows, TDF pays $52 per ticket for plays and $60 for musicals, and offers them to TDF members for $47 and $55, respectively. The per-ticket difference constitutes TDF's subsidy. These prices do not include facility fees.

In return for this support, productions are asked to acknowledge the TDF subsidy on the title page of their program. They must also repay five percent of any profit after recoupment until the full amount of the subsidy is repaid.

TDF will only consider subsidizing productions with a firm booking of at least two months in a proper Broadway theatre.

How to Apply


Producers or managers (sorry, no playwrights or agents) may apply to TDF at least eight weeks before the first performance date.

To be considered, please submit the following:
  1. A cover letter including the producing entity (LLC, LP, etc.) and producers' names
  2. A PDF of the script to send to committee members electronically
  3. For musicals, please include a link to music selections
This material is reviewed by consultants and members of the TDF Board of Trustees, who then make a recommendation to the full board. Material should be sent to Julian Christenberry, Director of TDF Ticket Programs at julianc@tdf.org.

Dance Subsidy


Similar to the Theatre Subsidy program, TDF awards a subsidy of $10 per ticket to select dance productions of artistic merit by companies with New York City seasons that have been approved by the TDF Dance Selection Committee.


These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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TDF's Dance Subsidy program is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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