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Support Us

The Mother Lode Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, under the Butte Center for the Performing Arts, depends financially on ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, program advertising, and donations. As such, we greatly appreciate all those who attend our shows, volunteer and contribute in any way they can.

The Mother Lode Theatre, managed under the name of Butte Center for the Performing Arts, is overseen and administered by a board of directors. The theatre is leased from the City-County of Butte-Silver Bow who has certain responsibilities as the owner of the building.

New for 2021!

Did you know for the 2021 tax year, people who take the standard deduction, in addition to people who itemize deductions, can deduct up to $300 of cash donations to charity? The $300 amount is per person. So, if you’re married and filing a joint return, you can deduct a total of $600 on your 2021 tax return (which you’ll file in 2022). The deduction will not reduce your 2021 adjusted gross income (Check with your tax preparer for more information).

There are many ways to support the theatre:

Friends of the Mother Lode
Direct or Online Donation
Endowment Credit
Memorials and Honorarium Gifts
Amazon Smile
Thrivent Choice

Over the past three years the Mother Lode Theatre has applied for and received grants and donations for programming and theatre repairs. We appreciate our strong partnership with Butte-Silver Bow to fund projects to ensure the Mother Lode Theatre continues to provide first class live entertainment for Butte and Southwest Montana.

THANK YOU! Butte Community Foundation, Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), Montana Department of Commerce, Butte-Silver Bow Superfund Advisory and Redevelopment Trust (SARTA), Town Pump Corporation, Friends of the Mother Lode, NorthWestern Energy, Water Environmental Technologies, Southwest Montana Tourism and many individuals and businesses. Funded Projects:

  • Roof Repairs
  • Genie Lift
  • Followspot Lights
  • Audio system upgrades
  • Website and Program Marketing
  • Green Dressing Room paint and furniture
  • Stage Curtains

Planned projects include:

  • Proscenium Repair and Painting of Arch and Pillars
  • Replace Orchestra Pit Cover and Stage Rehabilitation
  • Replace Carpet and Paint
  • Replace theatre lights for efficiency

Butte-Silver Bow has submitted an Historic Preservation Grant to install a fire suppression system. The 2021 Legislature is reviewing projects now in House Bill 12. Please contact our legislators to voice your support for this project – .