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DONATION CAMPAIGNS
The York Board Matching Challenge
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of The York and during this tumultuous time, the Board will match dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000!

We realize your inbox has been flooded with letters from many worthy causes. The reality is that The York has far fewer supporters than most institutions – cultural, medical or religious -- so YOU are our hope and our lifeline. We hope we have a special place in your heart.
Annual Campaign FY20
The York has flourished, inspired, and created for more than five decades by sheer determination, commitment, and passion for our unique mission—and because of loyal patrons like YOU.

Take us into the next 50 Years!

$50 = $1 for each year The York has been producing award-winning productions. Did you know our annual budget is $2.1M?

$125 = $1 for each award and nomination in the history of The York Theatre. Do you know how much work it takes from a dedicated staff to create these award-winning productions?

$159 = $1 for each mainstage production produced by The York Theatre in the past 50 years. Did you know that the average mainstage musical costs $500,000?

$250 = $1 for each Equity performer The York employs each season. Did you know that, while various salaries have changed, and our costs have increased, we have actively worked to keep our ticket prices as low as possible?

$375 = $1 for each Musicals in Mufti performance produced by The York. Did you know the average Mufti can cost up to $50,000?

$619 = $1 for our numerical address on Lexington Avenue. Do you know how much it is to rent space in East Midtown Manhattan?

$1,000 = $1 for the thousands of readings produced by our Developmental Reading Series. Did you know an average reading costs $5,000?

$2,500 = $1 for the many dreams that come true in our Musical Theatre Training Program. Did you know it costs $2,500 for a student in New York City to attend an MTTP season?

You are an important part of The York family. The amounts above are just a little inspiration—but don’t feel limited by those numbers.
Developmental Reading Series Donation Fund
The York presents more than thirty readings of new musicals a year, giving writers, performers, and audiences the opportunity to see musicals come to life right off the page. Give to our Developmental Reading Series and help continue the future of musical theatre!
Musical Theatre Training Program (MTTP)
Each summer and winter, The York hosts its Musical Theatre Training Program (MTTP), bringing students from all over the country and the world to study with the industry's top artists. By supporting MTTP, you will be giving an inspirational opportunity to a gifted young student..
Production Support
Producing a fully-staged musical at The York costs, on average, $450,000. In addition to grants and corporate support, we greatly depend on generous individual contributions. By giving towards Production Support, your donation will directly influence bringing our musicals to life.
NEO (new emerging outstanding)
Each year, four new, emerging, and outstanding musical theatre writers or teams are selected for The York's NEO program. After a launch concert featuring work by all four, each writer or team is given a fully-funded reading of a work in progress. By giving to NEO, you are helping The York to support, mentor, and showcase the next generation of great musical theatre writing talent.
Mildred Kayden Fund
Mildred Kayden was a gifted composer whose musicals Ionescopadeand Storyville were seen on The York's stage; she was also passionate about educating younger generations of music and theatre artists. A generous donation has been made to seed a fund in her memory to provide scholarships to MTTP students and to support emerging female musical theatre writers as part of the NEO program. By giving to the Mildred Kayden Fund, you are keeping her passion and legacy alive.
Sally Smith Fund
Sally Smith was a devoted patron and longtime board member of The York who preferred to make her contributions behind the scenes, as part of the technical crew in the company's early days. This fund established in her memory helps The York to cover the costs for all of the things that happen backstage for the show to happen: set design and construction, lighting, sound, and much more. Giving to the Sally Smith Fund helps with all of these things that are necessary but often overlooked in the creation of musical theatre.
Wells Fargo Employee Giving
Wells Fargo is a corporate sponsor of The York Theatre Company. If you are an employee of Wells Fargo, and you support the performing arts and musical theatre education, this is where your donation can make a difference!
The Austin Graham Memorial Fund
The York honors the memory of longtime York Theatre Company board member and supporter Austin Graham.

Austin Andrew Graham, Jr., age 89, peacefully passed away at his home in New York City surrounded by his family on Friday, December 28, 2018. He served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in January 1955. Austin graduated from Fordham University and was a Merrill Lynch Stock Broker with a career spanning over six decades. His favorite pastime was baseball and was captain of the Merrill Lynch team where he earned the nickname "Commissioner" of which he used liberally throughout his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to The York Theatre Company of NYC.