Organizations may sign up for the Card to Culture program quarterly.  To offer a discount and be promoted during our FY19 (through June 30, 2019), sign up using this form by:

July 31, 2018
September 30, 2018
December 31, 2018
March 31, 2019


To be a part of this program, organizations will voluntarily offer free or steeply discounted admission to any bearer of a Massachusetts-issued Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

Visitors use their EBT card to identify they are eligible for a discount; the card is not for payment.  If your institution is taking monies, they should be collected in the regular ways your institution uses (cash, credit card).

Eligible discounts are:
  • For regular admission, during all normal operating hours, or for every regular season performance, to be used at any time.
  • Available to the family or individual adult holding the EBT card.
  • Offered through your regular admissions process, or redeemable in the same way other discounts are.
  • Valid from the time of sign-up through June 30, 2019.
Organizations decide on the extent of the discount for themselves – the admission price, if any, and the number of people that the discount extends to per card.  Special performances or exhibits may be exempt from the discount – if there is an extra fee or upcharge, organizations are not obligated to offer a discounted rate.  Organizations may limit the number of spots available to EBT cardholders, if there is limited capacity for a class or performance.

You can view this list of participating organizations and their discounts to get an idea of what you might choose to offer.


Participating organizations must:
  • Agree to having their discount and visitation information on the DTA’s website, and in their printed materials.
  • Offer a discount from the time of sign up until at least June 30, 2019, and must honor the discount they have listed on the DTA’s site.
  • Train box office or admissions staff to make the entry process as smooth as possible. There should be little to no difference in how our EBT cardholders are treated relative to other visitors.
  • Collect usage and attendance information, and report on it by July 15, 2019.

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* 1. Please enter contact information for the person at your organization who will be responsible for this initiative.
This is for Mass Cultural Council follow-up only, and will not be shared.

Please note: your responses to questions two through four WILL be posted as is on a public website advertising the EBT Card to Culture program.

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* 2. What is the name of your organization?

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* 3. Describe the discount offered by your organization.  Be sure to meet the guidelines for this program.

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* 4. Please enter the following information about your organization.

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* 5. Please select the DTA Office nearest where your organization is located or provides programming. You may select up to three if you have programming in multiple places.

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* 6. If you are new to the EBT Card to Culture program in FY19, or if your organization's logo has changed in the last year, email your logo to and then click "yes" below to confirm you have done so.  Otherwise, select "N/A" below.

By clicking "Submit" below, you are agreeing to:
  • Offer the discount detailed above through June 30, 2019.
  • Offer customer service training to your admissions, box office, or equivalent staff about the program and your discount.
  • Collect information on the use of this discount:
    • How many times was this discount used at your organization?
    • How many adults attended?
    • How many children attended?
  • Report to the Mass Cultural Council by July 15, 2019.