A discount ticket guide for students
and young professionals
By Leslie Sharkey
students and young professionals
often tend to be economically-challenged. Attending
the ballet or a symphony performance can be expensive and ever-rising
prices can be prohibitive. There is,
beacon of hope for those who yearn to be an active part of the
scene, but can’t quite afford it.
several performing arts
organisations the world over are sympathetic to this situation. By extending generous discounts to young
adults and students (and in many cases families as well), orchestras,
ballet troupes, and choral groups amongst others gain enthusiastic
and future patrons. Taking
advantage of discount programs provides an excellent way for students
adults to become educated and more appreciative of art forms previously
of the Nashville Opera (USA) says, “Opera has an aura of being
want it to be accessible to everyone”. In
an effort to carry out this mission, the Nashville Opera provides
tickets, discount tickets and pay-what-you-can tickets in an effort to
the community at large.
of the most inclusive discount programs
offered is the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s tsoundcheck
(www.tsoundcheck.com). This program allows anyone between the ages
of 15 and 29 to buy two tickets for most concerts at $10 (CAN) each. The tsoundcheck
member may take a guest of any age. Rob
the TSO’s Audience Development Coordinator, is enthusiastic about the
program. “We have over 16,000 registered
members of tsoundcheck and we are only in our third
season [of the program].”
an easily-navigated web site,
few regulations and a simple purchasing process, Piilonen has found the
audience exceedingly receptive. “There are an enormous number of youths
interested [in the TSO], but have not been given the opportunity
of Tickets Available
There generally are
three types of reduced-price tickets available to those who qualify: Student Rush, Student Discount and Pay
What You Can (PWYC) tickets. The
best way to discover if the performance you want to attend qualifies
for a discount
is to search the organization’s website or phone them directly.
- Rush tickets
are a previously specified number of tickets the arts organisation
students (with valid ID) 45 minutes before the start of a
Typically, tickets are priced at a
student-friendly level, and those who want them must queue up before
to be eligible. Rush tickets are
popular, and if the line is long, prospective concert-goers may end up
something much less exciting for the evening.
and young adult discounts are the most popular discounts available. Usually, a set reduction anywhere from 10% to
50% is offered to students with university credentials.
To be considered “young adults” or “young
professionals”, ticket-seekers should be under age 29 and must show
identification upon ticket purchase. Many
times, these tickets are available for the most popular performances
be requested in advance.
of course, there is the increasingly-rare,
much sought-after Pay What You
or PWYC ticket. Exceedingly popular,
these tickets are worth
seeking out. This generous discount is
literally pay what you can, though
many organisations suggest a nominal “donation”.
organizations will give free
public performances which are open to
everyone during the warmer months. These
are excellent opportunities to hear and see classical musicians,
dance troupes or choral groups in comfortable, informal settings.
Find Discounted Tickets
equipped with what to
look for, here a few tips on how to look:
- Naxos provides a list of
links to the websites of orchestras, choruses and opera companies
the world. This is an excellent resource
to research discounts and get general information.
- Naxos also offers an
extensive listing of current concert events and venues for its
studying or travelling abroad, do some
research before leaving. Budget travel
guides sometimes list which cities
sponsor free and
reduced price performances. An
International Student Identification Card (http://www.istc.org)
is also helpful.
- Check with a local university. Sometimes
arts groups will perform on
campuses for free or at a significant reduction for students with
- Investigate any discounts offered by employers.
Discounts to museums and ballet and symphony performances are
sometimes available to employees of larger companies.
- Check local newspapers and media outlets for
free public performances.
Don’t let cost
be the deciding factor in your participation
in the arts. If you are willing to
dedicate some time in searching for low-cost alternatives, discounts
specially-priced tickets, a host of amazing performances can be yours
asking. Experiencing the arts is the
best way to educate yourself, enjoy extraordinary talent and support
institutions. So, get clickin’!
following are only a few of the groups which provide
student and young adult discounts. It is
always best to contact the organisation directly, as prices and
are subject to change.
- The Nashville
Symphony Orchestra sponsors the Soundcheck
which offers students the chance to purchase two $10 (USD) tickets for
select orchestra performances
Symphony Orchestra, www.bsolive.com,
has ticket prices for as little as £7.50 for many performances
Royal Opera, http://info.royaloperahouse.org, offers a limited
number of £10 tickets (tickets with a value up to £170) on
Canberra Symphony Orchestra, www.cso.org.au, has special pricing
for patrons under 27
Sao Paolo State Symphony Orchestra, www.osesp.art.br, offers students
with ID a 50% discount on tickets
- The Sydney
Symphony Orchestra, www.sydneysymphony.com,
gives various discounts for students with identification
Symphony Orchestra, www.sso.org.sg,
offers “visitor discounts” as well as free open air concerts and free
Zagreb Philharmonic, www.open.hr, offers 50% off regular
ticket prices for those aged 16-25