Sponsorship provides a way for individuals and corporate sponsors to express their particular area of interest by financially supporting a specific production, event, or activity. Sponsorship gifts contribute to donors' overall Annual Fund donor level and can qualify donors for additional benefits and recognition.
Sponsorship benefits can be customized to meet an organization's branding objectives, client entertainment needs, and philanthropic priorities. For further information, please contact Institutional Giving Manager Sarah Michael at 206.676.5536 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Production Sponsorship ($100,000 and more)
Production sponsors receive substantial recognition, including their name featured prominently in the program, on the production banner and on the supertitle screen in McCaw Hall; on the Mercer Street marquee during the entire performance run of the opera; and across nearly all publicity materials. Production sponsors receive exclusive benefits custom designed to meet their interests including a reserved table for their guests in the donor lounge, rehearsal invitations exclusive to production sponsors, opportunities to meet the design team and the cast, and special photographs.
Production Partners ($25,000 and more)
Seattle Opera is very grateful to the donors who give restricted gifts in support of its productions. These minimum gifts of $25,000 will be recognized in the program book and on the supertitles screen.
- Performance Sponsorship ($25,000)
Performance sponsors provide underwriting support of a single performance during the season. Performance sponsors are recognized in the program, on the production banner and website, and on the Mercer Street marquee on the day of their performance.
- Lead Artist Sponsorship ($25,000)
Lead Artist sponsors support the work of a single artist- a singer, director, designer, dancer, or conductor who appears in one of the season's operas. Lead Artist Sponsorship also includes personalized benefits and a chance for personal interaction with the artist, as well as recognition in the program and on the website.
- Dress Rehearsal Sponsorship ($10,000)
Sponsor the final dress rehearsal open to Seattle Opera donors and students, on the Thursday before Opening Night. A special Crown Donor Dinner for donors of $5,000 and more is held before the final dress rehearsal. Dress Rehearsal Sponsors are recognized on the supertitles, in the program book and online, and with special verbal recognition at the Crown Donor Dinner. In addition to donors, students from our Experience Opera program and seniors from retirement communities attend the dress rehearsal.
Education and Community Sponsorships ($5,000 and more)
Seattle Opera’s vibrant education programs offer lifelong learning opportunities for children and adults from all backgrounds. Donors may underwrite in-school performances of Seattle Opera commission Our Earth, Speakers Bureau community talks, Pre-Performance Talks held prior to each mainstage performance in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, Experience Opera in-school residencies and school trips to participate in dress rehearsals at McCaw Hall, and much more.
New Works ($10,000 and more)
Seattle Opera is dedicated to producing and sharing new works, both for performances at McCaw Hall and in venues around the region. With support of a new work, receive recognition in programs, promotional materials, and online and experience special behind the scenes opportunities. Consider sponsoring performances of our new opera trilogy Our Earth, help bring our Belonging(s) opera commission to the stage for premiere performances, or fund brand new works for our mainstage season or community events.
Event Sponsorships ($5,000 and more)
Seattle Opera's entertaining and educational events draw donors behind the scenes to experience the art and business of opera. Sponsorship opportunities include community events, Family Day, Crown Donor Dinners, Seattle Opera’s 2013/14 Season Opening Night Reception (October 19, 2013); Jester’s Ball on Opening Night of Rigoletto (January 11, 2014); and our exclusive 50th Gala Concert and Speight Celebration (August 9, 2014). Sponsors receive special recognition on-site at events and in selected materials.
Donor Lounge Sponsorships ($10,000 and more)
Throughout the season, Emerald level and higher ($5,000 and more) enjoy two exclusive donor lounges located on the First Tier level of McCaw Hall. The Norcliffe Room is open to Diamond donors at the $10,000 and more level and is open for four-course dinners before selected performances and at intermission receptions. The Allen Foundation for the Arts Room is open to $5,000 and more donors for light hors d'oeuvres and drinks before performances and at intermission. Receive special onsite recognition in donor lounges, networking opportunities, and program book and online recognition in return for your sponsorship. A $10,000 gift provides sponsorship of both donor rooms during a single production run (seven performances). Enjoy exclusive 2013/14 Season Sponsorship with a $30,000 gift, which provides exclusive lead recognition for all four mainstage performances.
Download a copy of the 2013/14 Donor Benefits Handbook