Medicine Show is a not-for-profit (and how!) theatre; we earn about half our annual budget from box office receipts and by renting the theatre (at very low rates) to other companies. That is not enough, though, and we are very grateful to our donors, especially the individuals who give small amounts, pay a little extra for tickets, or refuse to take their senior or student discounts. Our ticket policy has always been never to turn anyone away, but we do ask, those who can afford to pay more, please do.
Beyond that, there are some funding organizations who have helped us, and continue to do so.
NYSCA, the New York State Council on the Arts, is underfunded itself, but supports our theatre season and Word/Play writers' series. We thank them very much – actually, we thank you, because it is your tax dollar that funds NYSCA.
DCA, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, gave us a grant in the 2006-2007 season.
The Leibowitz-Greenway Family Foundation has been extraordinarily supportive, giving us grants every year. Profound gratitude to them.
The Dramatists Guild Fund has generously funded our annual Jump-Start staged reading series for the past three years.
The E. Y. "Yip" Harburg Foundation has been most generous not only by helping to underwrite our productions of Yip's work (The Happiest Girl in the World and Hooray for What are the two most recent examples) but also in providing scripts, music and background material for these productions, and by donating CD's, books, t-shirts and memorabilia connected with Yip Harburg that we can sell to our audiences.
Thanks to all of you!