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Corporate Sponsorship

Wharton Center is privileged to have the support of a committed group of corporate sponsors. These partnerships allow Wharton Center to provide a lineup of diverse programming and grow our educational programming throughout the state of Michigan. Our sponsors help the curtain to rise and fall each evening that we have a performance! They believe this is good for their business, our business, and our community. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a sponsor at Wharton Center, call Wharton Center Development today at 517-353-4640.

Becoming a Sponsor

Your business can sponsor a performance or education program beginning at $2,000 and up to $50,000. As a sponsor, there are many great reasons to get involved at Wharton Center, and here are just a few:

REACH YOUR TARGET MARKET. People with high levels of education and disposable income participate in the arts as patrons and donors.

  • 46% of national theatergoers report household income of $100,000 or more
  • 74% have college degrees with 31% holding a graduate degree
  • Annually, between 125,000 and 200,000 people attend Wharton Center performances

POLISH YOUR CORPORATE IMAGE. Your company will be associated with the quality of the world-renowned artists who entertain and educate at Wharton Center not only in our community, but in mid-Michigan as a whole.

ENHANCE OUR COMMUNITY. By making the arts possible at Wharton Center, you contribute to and improve the community’s quality of life. A thriving, active community makes mid-Michigan attractive to your employees, new recruits, and clients.

EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN. Each year, tens of thousands of school children participate in Wharton Center’s arts education programs.

WIN VALUABLE RECOGNITION. As a sponsor, your company or organization will be recognized in all print publications and advertisements that promote “your show,” in pre-performance announcements, and year-long recognition in Curtain Call…just to name a few.

REWARD THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR BUSINESS. Your company will have the opportunity to make your sponsored performance extra special for your clients or employees. Sponsors receive prime seating preference for performances and also the opportunity to host unique receptions at Wharton Center at a reduced rental charge.

For additional information about supporting Wharton Center by becoming a Circle Member or corporate sponsor; making a gift to an endowment; or leaving a legacy through a bequest or estate planning, contact Doug Miller at (517) 884-3112 or Kristen Calabrese at (517) 884-3140 in the development office.

  • Wharton Center for Performing Arts
  • Michigan State University
  • 750 E. Shaw LN
  • East Lansing, MI
  • PHONE: (517) 432-2000