Two years ago, Grand Rapids Symphony launched Symphony Scorecard to offer free concert tickets to community members with financial challenges or who were serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It was an overwhelming success.
Anticipating 400 participants, GRS distributed over 2,000 free tickets in its first year to people such as Artie Smith, 82, who attended her first symphony concert in 50 years, thanks to Symphony Scorecard.
The following year, the program underwritten by the Dan and Pamella DeVos Foundation served 3,000 people. Now entering its third year, the Grand Rapids Art Museum has joined the GRS to offer free museum admission through Symphony Scorecard.
Symphony Scorecards are available from case workers with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and other organizations that serve people in need as well as from military support centers. For a complete list of current participating partners, program information and concert availability, go to the Symphony Scorecard page on the Grand Rapids Symphony’s website.