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Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be rededicated as Marian Anderson Hall, home of The Philadelphia Orchestra


Corporations and Foundations

As one of Philadelphia’s largest cultural institutions, The Philadelphia Orchestra stands prominently in its role as a cultural ambassador with a storied history of excellence, service, and innovation. We encourage companies to learn more about the Orchestra's many artistic, educational, community, and special event programs in order to personalize your experience with us.

When your business chooses to support The Philadelphia Orchestra, we provide you—our corporate and foundation donors—with tremendous value for your dedication through sponsorships, community recognition, and visibility as a contributor to the Orchestra’s efforts to bring the transformative power of music to the widest audiences. 

By aligning your brand with The Philadelphia Orchestra, you not only receive a direct connection to the region’s most influential and engaged consumers, leaders, and decision-makers, but also a customized service of special benefits for your business that include:

  • The opportunity to support the Orchestra's passionate pursuit of artistic, educational, and cultural outreach initiatives;
  • Prominent placement in Playbill concert programs and advertisements;
  • Visibility at memorable events and vital, nationally recognized media attention;
  • Incomparable access to exclusive target audiences;
  • Unique and effective client-based entertainment opportunities;
  • Premier VIP seating;
  • Special access to champagne receptions featuring meet-and-greets with Orchestra musicians.

For more information on how to create or enhance your relationship with The Philadelphia Orchestra, contact Ruth Auslander at 215.790.5829 or [email protected].

Concert Sponsorship

The Philadelphia Orchestra offers a host of concert sponsorship opportunities that provide corporations and foundations with tremendous value, thrilling client entertainment opportunities, and unparalleled branding positioning. 

Each concert series offers unique marketing opportunities and can be used to match the philanthropic interests of any business. Concert sponsorship opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Subscription concerts at Verizon Hall
  • The Glorious Sound of Christmas
  • College Night Concerts for students
  • Free Neighborhood Concerts
  • Family Concerts
  • Sound All Around for families 
  • School Concerts

With sponsorship packages starting at $10,000, corporations and foundations have the flexibility to choose a single concert, pick several performances, or select an entire series. There is even the opportunity to sponsor the entire season for significant visibility. We will work with your staff to create a personalized sponsorship package for your business. 

Education, Community, and Audience-Centered Programs

Activating our belief in the power of the arts to celebrate and lift local neighborhoods and communities, we place the needs and interests of our current and future audiences at the center of our programming. Whether we are inside Verizon Hall or off-site in a neighborhood venue, we strive to ensure that everyone in attendance experiences the personal joy and profound meaning that music brings to the lives of its listeners.

The Orchestra provides unparalleled musical experiences for the region’s citizens, from preschoolers to seniors, through a number of education and community initiatives. Of the 200,000 served annually by the Orchestra, our education, community, and audience-centered programs reach nearly 50,000 students, millennials, families, and underrepresented Philadelphians throughout the Philadelphia region, and include over 22,000 elementary, middle, and high school students. 

Your support will directly impact free educational and community-based programming designed specifically for underserved neighborhoods, schools, and communities that historically have had limited access to the arts. Some of these programs include:

  • School Partnership Program
  • School Ensemble Program
  • School and Family Concerts
  • Sound All Around Concerts for preschoolers and families
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute Concert
  • Free Neighborhood Concerts
  • Side-by-Side Rehearsals

Corporations and foundations have the flexibility to choose a single sponsorship program, or select a series of customized educational, community, or audience-centered programs for significant visibility. We will work with your staff to create a personalized sponsorship package for your business.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is EITC approved!

Artistic excellence—what our audiences have come to expect whenever they hear The Philadelphia Orchestra perform on stage—is not enough on its own. The Orchestra is also committed to serving its community with this same level of excellence off stage, contributing as an active public servant, especially in ways that address and alleviate the many challenges facing our city and that fill gaps in current service delivery. 

As part of this effort to address the gap in music education for Philadelphia’s neediest schools, The Philadelphia Orchestration Association has been approved as an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) by the Department of Community and Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Through a diverse array of programs offered by our Collaborative Learning department, the Orchestra serves over 50,000 students, young people, and citizens annually. 

Now, we ask you to raise your baton and join us in continuing this legacy of bringing classical music education programs to thousands of area students through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). Arts and music education are powerful tools that can enhance learning, cognitive development, motor coordination, teamwork, and social skills. Academic research has shown that children who are exposed to music have greater academic success and discipline, are more motivated and goal-oriented, and grow to become more civically engaged adults.

Businesses large and small can apply for EITC credits through a simple, online process. To determine your eligibility, you and your tax professional can access a copy of the guidelines and application at

Businesses can donate to The Philadelphia Orchestra through the program and receive tax credits equal to 75 percent of the contribution up to a maximum of $750,000 per taxable year. Tax credits can be increased to 90 percent of the contribution if the business agrees to provide the same amount for two consecutive tax years. Sign up today, and help The Philadelphia Orchestra keep the music playing!

EITC gifts can be mailed to the attention of:

        Ruth Auslander
        Managing Director, Institutional Giving
        The Philadelphia Orchestra
        300 South Broad Street
        Philadelphia PA | 19102

EITC-approved programs include:

Master Classes (K-12 Only)

Held in the Rendell Room at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Master Class series gives music students of all levels, parents, and educators the exceptional opportunity to attend a master class with world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and guest artists. Sessions are open to players of all ability levels and present helpful instruction on topics ranging from practice and performance skills to instrumental technique and artistic interpretation.

Student Open Rehearsals

Students can observe first-hand the artistic collaboration between world-class musicians and conductors. They are also invited to expand this experience by attending a Pre-Rehearsal Conversation with one of the artists involved in the rehearsal. These half-hour conversations provide valuable insight and a personal connection to the music for our audiences. Program notes are online approximately one week before each rehearsal.

Side-by-Side Rehearsals

Each year The Philadelphia Orchestra selects one youth orchestra to sit side-by-side with our world-renowned musicians in a rehearsal of quality orchestral literature led by a skilled conductor. This thrilling opportunity connects developing musicians with their professional counterparts for one-on-one coaching in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Jane H. Kesson School Concert Program

The Orchestra’s School Concerts support educators in our community with high-quality concert experiences, curriculum materials, professional development workshops, and docent volunteer visits. These concerts have been commended by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a model program in alignment with the state’s Standards Aligned System.

Held on weekdays, Philadelphia Orchestra School Concerts are 45-minute programs and are held in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. School Concerts are open to school groups and home schools throughout the Delaware Valley. Through the support of generous sponsors and donors, the Orchestra is able to offer School Concert tickets at a reasonable cost of $8 per person. Last school year, the Orchestra held six School Concerts with an average of 1,500 students attending each concert, totaling more than 9,000 participating students.

School Partnership Program

Established in 2005, the School Partnership Program cultivates ongoing, in-depth relationships with elementary schools in underserved neighborhoods. During this 30-week program, currently in three Philadelphia-area public and parochial schools, teaching artists work with classroom teachers to cultivate students’ knowledge and appreciation of orchestral music and develop their interpersonal and language arts skills. Opportunities for students in the program include attendance at a School Concert, visits from Orchestra musicians, and cross-cultural programs designed to explore how music can bring people of diverse backgrounds together through our partnership with LiveConnections.

The Philadelphia Orchestra School Ensemble Program

The Philadelphia Orchestra has partnered with KIPP Schools to provide the School Ensemble Program, a new model of intensive, ensemble-based music instruction created and delivered by Philadelphia Orchestra teaching artists and musicians, targeting students from under-represented, under-served, “high need” communities. Ensemble-based music education is closely aligned with this mission and has been shown through academic research to aid and improve cognitive development, learning, social development, civic participation, and overall educational outcomes. We believe that music education is a life-transforming experience, enriching young people and enhancing their education, emotional and physical health, and spiritual well-being throughout their entire lives.

All-City Orchestra and Fellows Program

The All-City Orchestra (ACO) has been dedicated to opening doors and broadening educational and vocational horizons for students in Philadelphia for more than 75 years. With a long and illustrious history of artistry and community involvement, The Philadelphia Orchestra is working to help fill the music education gap within the Philadelphia schools. This work is part of a major expansion of the Orchestra’s efforts to more meaningfully provide residency experience and music education programs targeting children, families, and neighborhoods with the greatest needs in Philadelphia. The All-City Orchestra is one of the bedrocks of our educational initiatives and is vital for students in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). 

The Orchestra is expanding its role as Lead Artistic Partner of the ACO, continuing to increase sectional and full-orchestra rehearsals, and expanding the All-City Orchestra Fellows program. One hundred twenty All-City Orchestra students will receive high-level music education provided by Orchestra musicians, who will provide significantly increased leadership, mentorship, tickets to Orchestra concerts, and an increased number of sectionals. The SDP’s All-City Orchestra was designed as an ultimate music education for Philadelphia’s most talented young instrumental musicians. Today, while many hundreds of talented students from throughout the city continue to audition for one of the program’s 120 highly coveted seats, what was once a year-round educational endeavor has been reduced to a handful of rehearsals and one performance. 

The Philadelphia Orchestra, in partnership with the Curtis Institute of Music and Project 440, has given All-City students the opportunity to apply for our new, prestigious Fellowship program. Through a rigorous audition and interview process, 12 All-City members were selected to receive private coaching sessions and mentoring from members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, participate in master classes with world renowned guest artists, and receive tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra performances.

Institutional Sponsors 

Generous support from corporations, foundations, and government agencies continues to sustain The Philadelphia Orchestra each year. These vital partnerships help fund performances, education and outreach programs, and a variety of innovative projects. We are proud to acknowledge our current institutional donors of $5,000 and greater.

$500,000 and above 
Department of Community and Economic Development
The Hess Foundation
Knight Foundation
William Penn Foundation
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Wyncote Foundation

$100,000 to $499,999 
Bank of China
Casamigos Tequila
CHG Charitable Trust
Ford Foundation
Independence Blue Cross
Lincoln Financial Foundation
M&T Charitable Foundation
Merck & Co. Incorporated
MKM Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

$50,000 to $99,999 
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Foundation
Dietz and Watson
The Virginia B. Toulman Foundation
U.S. Department of State
Verizon Pennsylvania

$25,000 to $49,999 
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Amy P. Goldman Foundation
Hamilton Family Charitable Trust
The Hassel Foundation
The Christian Humann Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
PNC Arts Alive
The Presser Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation

$15,000 to $24,999
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
Louis N. Cassett Foundation
Julius and Ray Charlestein Foundation in memory of Malvina and Morton Charlestein
Coppola Chardonnay
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center
Gray Charitable Trust
Independence Foundation
Josh Cabernet
The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
US China Cultural Institute

$10,000 to $14,999
Ballard Spahr LLP
Florida Business Corp.
The McLean Contribtionship
Leo Niessen Jr., Charitable Trust
Origlio Beverage
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

$5,000 to $9,999
AARP Pennsylvania
Dorothy V. Cassard Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
The Gitlin Family Foundation
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
The McCausland Foundation
New Music USA
Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Thayer Corporation

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