Each season, as part of its objective to make the arts and culture accessible to everyone, Festival Miami presents selected concerts free of charge. The Frost School of Music provides free admission for many local school music groups, social service organizations and senior citizen centers. In order to bring visiting artists to the widest possible audience, master classes are presented free and open to everyone.
Each year, local high school music directors are invited to bring their students to various concerts and master classes. Community service hours are also available to students interested in volunteering as ushers for Festival concerts. In addition, Festival Miami offers free and discounted tickets to University of Miami students for many concerts and permits Frost School of Music students to attend most concerts free of charge.
In order to encourage low-income young adults and senior citizens to attend more cultural events, Festival Miami participates in two highly-regarded programs of the Miami-Dade County Cultural Exchange. The youth program, Culture Shock Miami, makes $5 Festival Miami concert tickets available to students between the ages of 13 to 22 years old. Seniors can attend selected Festival Miami concerts free of charge through the Golden Ticket program. For more information about these two programs, please visit http://www.cultureshockmiami.com or http://www.miamidadearts.org/goldenticket.aspx.
At Festival Miami, we try to make each season unique and memorable to all patrons. Last year, the Miami Gardens Senior Center and a group of low-income seniors attended the concerts for reduced rates. Festival Miami also gave free tickets to Girl Scout Troop 276, Mays Conservatory, City Year Miami, and Heroes Unite. Other groups are invited to attend Festival Miami concerts as well, or are given a donation of tickets to be used to raise money for their organization. These organizations include: Leadership Miami, Citizens Interested in Arts, American Friends of Jamaica, Junior Opera Guild, Marine Science Graduate Student Organization, Coral Gables Congregational Church, and other great organizations.
Every year, the combination of a diverse concert lineup and educational opportunities scheduled throughout the season allows Festival Miami to reach out to community members across the age and economic spectrum. Non-profit groups are invited to become part of Festival Miami’s outreach program. For more information, please call 305.284.4940.