TeenTix, a Seattle-based arts access program for teenagers, announced that it sold 10,689 $5 arts tickets to teens in 2013.
TeenTix (www.teentix.org) uses a consortium of Puget Sound region arts organizations in a collective effort to engage young audience members through a host of strategies, including making it possible for any 13- to 19-year-old to buy a $5 day-of-event ticket.
TeenTix currently has 53 partner arts organizations throughout the region, from flagship institutions like Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, EMP Museum, ACT Theatre, Town Hall and 5th Avenue Theatre, to smaller, community-based organizations like Taproot Theatre, CD Forum and Seattle Chamber Music Society.
Since being founded as a public program of Seattle Center in 2004, TeenTix has sold about 45,000 arts tickets to teens. TeenTix estimates that its members have spent an additional $727,650 on parking, meals and concessions while attending arts events over the last 10 years, and that TeenTix members and their parents are additionally responsible for about $675,000 in advance student and adult ticket sales over the last decade, above and beyond their $5 TeenTix purchases.
TeenTix is currently in the second year of a three-year transition out of Seattle Center and into an independent organization.