Program & Show Sponsorship

Enriching the community with quality performing arts programs lies at the heart of what we do, and our generous Program and Show Sponsors help us fulfill this charge.

At the same time, our Sponsors share in the visibility that Bardavon events receive. Sponsorship of our Daytime Series for children; Mainstage Shows, HVP concerts, Met Live in HD, the Classic Film Series; or the Annual Gala offers valuable promotional and entertainment benefits. Extras include priority seating, complimentary tickets, invitations to private special events, prominent recognition in our printed materials, and more.

In addition to performances, there are many other special initiatives that need your support—Education Programs, the Field-Trip Fund, and the general costs related to sustaining the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s reputation as the area’s premier symphony orchestra are among them. These initiatives also offer great benefits to sponsors.

Annual Gala Sponsorship

Our Annual Gala is the Bardavon’s only fundraiser, not to mention an especially eventful special event!

With top guest artists like John Legend, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Julio Iglesias, and Harry Belafonte, Gala night is always a sell-out. The festivities begin with a spectacular performance at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, followed by cocktails, dancing, and great food at a local establishment for Gala Sponsors and $200 ticket-buyers.

The Annual Gala is always a high-profile celebration that draws both new and long-time patrons, and garners excellent press coverage across the Hudson Valley. Our sponsors directly benefit from the wonderful exposure the event receives.

Gala Sponsorship levels and benefits are:

ANGEL – $6,000

  • Ten tickets to the Gala performance (premium seating) and post-performance Gala party
  • Corporate logo on title page of Gala playbill insert
  • Full-page ad in Gala playbill
  • Listing as Angel in playbill
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement in print ads
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement on our Web site


  • Four tickets to the Gala performance (premium seating) and post-performance Gala party
  • Full-page ad in Gala playbill insert
  • Listing as Benefactor in playbill
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement in print ads
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement on our Web site

PATRON – $2,000

  • Two tickets to the Gala performance (premium seating) and post-performance Gala party
  • Half-page ad in the Gala playbill insert
  • Listing as Benefactor in playbill
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement in print ads
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement on our Web site


  • Two tickets to the Gala performance and post-performance Champagne reception
  • Sponsor listing in the Gala playbill insert

Education Programs

Bardavon Arts Education Programs have touched elementary through high school students for over 30 years.

Unique in-school residencies such as Hip Hop Theater and Doo Wop Circus are motivating tools that build confidence and enhance learning in all areas. The HVP Young People’s Concerts and Classroom to Concert Series bring the orchestra to life and introduce children to classical symphony music. And regular Daytime Series guest artists such as Black Violin, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, and Step Afrika! engage and inspire kids of all ages.

For many inner city students, the residency and daytime performance experiences are the only exposure to theater and classical music that they receive all year. But school districts across the Hudson Valley have reduced arts programs to save money, and traditional fundraising sources for our education initiatives have diminished.

Now more than ever, Hudson Valley youth need the Bardavon, and the Bardavon needs your support for its Arts Education Programs!

To learn more, please contact Chris Silva.

Field-Trip Fund

The Bardavon has a long history of giving all children and their families the chance to attend quality arts performances at affordable prices. With regular cuts in public school budgets for arts education and field-trips, the need for reduced-price tickets and transportation subsidies has only grown stronger. So, the Bardavon created the Field-Trip Fund in order to reach as many children as possible.

The Field-Trip Fund allows us to offer subsidized tickets at just $3 each for every Daytime Series show. Seats at this price are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and can be obtained by filing the online application. Our goal this year is to offer 6,500 subsidized tickets for Daytime Series shows to Hudson Valley students.

A fully tax-deductible gift of $1,000 enables 333 elementary through high school students to attend a live arts performance at the Bardavon or UPAC. For many of these kids, field trips to one of our Daytime Series productions may be their only exposure to a live arts performance in a given year!

Shows like Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny, Step Afrika! and the HVP’s Young People’s Concerts offer valuable experiences that create lasting positive impressions for thousands every year.

Your gift to the Field-Trip Fund will help us continue to reach Hudson Valley kids with beautiful, engaging performances that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Give to the Hudson Valley Philharmonic

Since its inception decades ago, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic has never failed to thrill audiences with exhilarating performances that delight and inspire. And year after year, the Bardavon is able to present the HVP thanks to our generous and caring patrons.

With your help, we’ve been able to continue offering a full schedule of performances and events. We’ve sustained our Young People’s Concerts (l and Classroom to Concert  programs so that area youth can develop an appreciation for classical music. In the past, we’ve brought the HVP outdoors for the annual July 4th celebration at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. And our HVP reduced-price Junior Subscription for local music students will continue for the third season this coming fall.

Ticket sales, subscriptions, and memberships alone do not cover the full costs associated with presenting the HVP and its special programs. We need your ongoing financial gifts so that you can count on us to keep bringing Hudson Valley audiences the joy of live classical music performance.

Won’t you help close the gap and meet the match with an extra gift to the HVP?

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Show Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities are available for all of our shows at UPAC and the Bardavon. And with our full line-up that includes the best of the HVP and a range of musical guest artists, comedy, dance, classic film, and children’s events, there’s something to suit every taste and marketing plan.

The Bardavon offers excellent promotional and entertainment benefits to Exclusive Title Sponsors:

Corporate name and/or logo on:

Medium Exposure
Marquee (Week of show) 100,000
Print ads 420,976
Sidewalk Display Showcase (Week of Show)
Season Brochure (with listing for entire season) 10,000

  • Title page insert for sponsored show,
  • On Production Sponsor page for entire season
  • Full-page display ad for entire season ($925 value) 25,000

Direct Mail Flyer (subject to marketing plan)  2,000
Logo on Web site Unlimited

PLUS complimentary tickets to the sponsored performance with the opportunity to purchase additional seats at the Member discount (subject to availability). Other benefits include distribution of corporate promotional items or literature at the sponsored show and/or a standing display in inner lobby.

Sponsorship gifts keep our show line-up filled with first-rate entertainment and our education programs going strong.  Whether your interest is in the Daytime Series, Hudson Valley Philharmonic Concerts, the Classic Film Series, The Met: Live in HD, or the Annual Gala, we have an opportunity to match.

To reserve your place as a Program Sponsor, please contact Chris Silva.