Be a Lifeline

MSMT has set up the Lifeline Fund to help support the theatre through the Covid-19 emergency and the subsequent cancellation of its 62nd season.

The theatre relies on season ticket sales for 80% of its annual income. Because a large amount of MSMT’s yearly budget has already been spent in preparation – which begins ten months in advance – we need your help. 

As a result of the lost revenues this cancellation brings, the only way we can produce our 2021 season and ensure the future of MSMT for generations to come is if we retain much of our ticket sales revenue in addition to securing other funds. 

We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation of your 2020 tickets and/or an additional charitable gift to support our Lifeline Fund. (See right to donate tickets/subscriptions or to make a non-ticket related donation to the fund. Please note: Subscribers will keep their same seats for 2021 through the January 31 same seat renewal deadline regardless of what option you choose.)

While we know everyone is in need now, we appreciate any support you are able to give.


How You Can Help

  • Convert your tickets into a tax-deductible donation. Donating the entire amount of your tickets will support the continued viability of the theatre.
  • Request a partial refund of your ticket amount; the remainder of which is donated to MSMT. Donating a portion of your tickets back to MSMT will help us plan for the future during this financially insecure time.
  • Convert your ticket amount into a gift card (never expires) to be used on any future purchase.
  • Convert part of your ticket amount into a gift card; the remainder of which will be refunded.
  • Give a non-ticket related charitable gift to help us through this unprecedented time.

Your tax-deductible gift will be recognized as part of the MSMT Lifeline Fund for 2020-2021. 


This year you can get greater benefit from your giving.

The new stimulus bill includes the following changes to charitable giving:

  • If you do not itemize your deductions, and give up to $300 to charity in a year, you can add up to $300 to the standard deduction. This is an above-the-line deduction, which means it has the added bonus of decreasing your adjusted gross income so you could qualify for other tax breaks. In order to qualify, you have to give to a qualified charity, which does not include a donor advised charitable fund. This covers all of 2020 and the years to come. Section 2204.

  • If you itemize your deductions, for 2020 you can now deduct 100% of your charitable contributions from your adjusted gross income (up from the previous 50% cap). If you have a business, the 10% limit has been increased to 25%. This only applies to cash gifts to public charities and is not applicable to private foundations or donor advised funds. Though donor advised funds are managed through public charities, you do not get a higher deduction rate for donating cash to these funds. Section 2204.

More Information

To donate your subscription or tickets or for questions about your tickets or subscriptions, please fill out the Ticket Return Form.

Please note: the Box Office must manually process each request, whether it it is a donation, gift card, or refund. Once you submit your form this request goes to the Box Office and is put into a queue for processing. You will not get an immediate call back or email response. Please be patient as our Box Office is a staff of one at this time of year and is working remotely. 

TICKET RETURN FORM 

To discuss any questions you may have about contributing to MSMT, please contact:

Amanda Choate
Director of Development
207-725-0150
gifts@msmt.org