Support the Met Broadcasts

The Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in American radio history. 

Since 2004, the Met has relied on two major sources of funding for the Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts: Toll Brothers and a special Broadcast Campaign Fund that was raised by the late Beverly Sills when Texaco, after 64 years of sponsorship, dropped its funding. The Broadcast Campaign Fund, which included major gifts from The Annenberg Foundation and the Vincent A. Stabile Foundation, now needs to be rebuilt, and we are appealing to everyone for help.

A Special Challenge

This year, all new or increased gifts of $500 or more will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the Rita Allen Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey, so your contribution will go even further in sustaining this beloved program. Every gift will make a meaningful difference.

Recognition and Benefits

Please show your support by making a gift today and please be as generous as you can. In appreciation for your support, we offer you the following:

Online access to encore broadcast recordings $150+
Choice of a special Historic Broadcast CD $300+
Invitation to National Broadcast Weekend at the Met $1,000+
Recognition in Playbill and the Season Book $2,500+
Leadership gifts receive special recognition $25,000+
Your gift is very much appreciated and fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Leadership Gifts

Donors of $25,000 or more enjoy special recognition opportunities within the Opera House, depending on gift level, including a seat plaque in List Hall in the Opera House, inscription of the donor’s name on the permanent Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign plaque in the Opera House, and on air dedications in the donor’s honor.  For more information, please call 1-212-870-4181.

Met Broadcast Weekend

For the fifth year in a row, the Met will host a special weekend for supporters of the Met broadcasts, featuring an exciting lineup of performances, talks, tours, and special behind-the-scenes events with Met Broadcast Ambassador Deborah Voigt and the radio broadcast team. Next year’s weekend will be Thursday, March 16 through Sunday, March 19, 2017. For more information, please contact the Special Events office at (212) 870-7492.

A Proud Tradition

The Metropolitan Opera’s first-ever live radio broadcast, of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, was heard on Christmas day, 1931. Since then, there have been more than 1,650 Met broadcasts of over 170 different operas, and the series has won dozens of awards, including nine Peabody Awards, radio’s top honor.

The Met radio broadcasts are now heard over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

FAQs

What does my gift to the Met Broadcasts support?

Contributions from donors like you support many kinds of expenses related to the Met's broadcast program—which costs $7 million annually to produce—including rights and broadcast fees, fees to musicians and singers, compensation to commercial stations, and costs for satellite transmission and worldwide promotion. Overall, between 250 and 300 people are involved in any one broadcast. Every season, more than 20 performances are transmitted live to 350 stations in the U.S. and to more than 40 countries on five continents.

Do I receive any benefits for my gift to the Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign? Will a campaign gift upgrade my current Met membership?

Contributions through Metropolitan Opera Patron or Metropolitan Opera Guild memberships support the company’s annual operations—without which there would be no opera on the Met stage—and educational programs. The Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign is a special appeal, extending beyond annual membership. Patrons and Members enjoy many benefits and privileges. Because no benefits or privileges of substantial monetary value are accorded for gifts to the Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign, contributions to this special appeal are fully tax-deductible.

I live in Canada. Do I receive any tax benefits as a Canadian citizen for a contribution?

Gifts to the Metropolitan Opera are not tax-deductible in Canada, as the Met is not registered as a charity with Revenue Canada. Although many foreign charities are able to raise funds in the United States, it is not as easy for U.S. charities to raise funds in other countries.

What is the federal tax identification number of the Metropolitan Opera?

The Met's Federal Tax Identification Number is 13-1624087. The charity name is the Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc.

Thanks to our Donors!

The Metropolitan Opera is very grateful to all the donors who have made gifts to Support the Met Broadcasts.  The Met is honored to acknowledge Toll Brothers, America's luxury home builder, for its corporate sponsorship of the 2016-17 broadcast season.

The Metropolitan Opera remains deeply grateful to The Annenberg Foundation, The Neubauer Family Foundation, and the Vincent A. Stabile Endowment for Broadcast Media for their generous long-term support.

Gifts received as of October 26, 2016

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Contact Us

Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign
The Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023
1-212-870-4505 

Disclaimer

Contributions to the Support the Met Broadcasts Campaign do not confer benefits or privileges and are fully tax-deductible. To learn about priority ticketing and other benefits of the Patron and Guild Membership programs, please visit the membership section of this web site.