Rockefeller Commits Additional $6 Million to 'Hamilton' Ticket Program

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced $6 million in additional funding to enable inner-city high school students see the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton.

The additional funding will be used to expand the Hamilton Education Program, a partnership between Rockefeller, the producers of the musical, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the New York City Department of Education that enables students to purchase tickets to the show for just $10 (or a "Hamilton"). Originally limited to students in New York City, the additional funding will enable the program to be scaled to include performances in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., with additional cities to be announced at a later date. Initially funded by a $1.46 million grant from Rockefeller, the program has provided twenty thousand New York City eleventh-graders with an integrated history curriculum alongside a special matinee performance and the opportunity to interact with cast members.

"Our initial partnership was such a success, we knew that as Hamilton [toured] the country, we needed to expand the opportunity for students to see it," said Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin. "Our goal is to not only bring history to life for students [around] the country, but to have them relate to the actors who make this show what it is; demonstrating that everything is possible for them, no matter what neighborhood they live in, what school they attend, or where they come from. This program is one of the foundation’s most impactful, and we are so excited to be able to export it across the country."