Jazz at Lincoln Center Gets $20 Million

Monday, January 06, 2014 - 11:45 AM

The Marsalis Family -- Branford, Wynton, Ellis and Delfaeo -- at the opening night in October 2004 of the new Jazz at Lincoln Center facility, Frederick P. Rose Hall The Marsalis Family -- Branford, Wynton, Ellis and Delfaeo -- at the opening night in October 2004 of the new Jazz at Lincoln Center facility, Frederick P. Rose Hall (Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced on Monday that it has received a $20 million gift from Robert J. Appel, a private investor and philanthropist, to support the organization’s performance, education and broadcast events.

The gift is significant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, a still-young organization (founded in 1987) that has faced a steep climb to lure deep-pocketed donors given the lack of a strong philanthropic tradition in jazz. Appel joined Jazz at Lincoln Center’s board of directors in 2008 and became its chairman in 2012.

The donation is also one of the biggest gifts ever given to a jazz organization. In 2010, SFJazz, the San Francisco arts organization, also received a donation of $20 million, identified only as an individual from the Bay Area. But while that amount was earmarked for building a 35,000-square-foot theater facility in San Francisco, Appel's gift will go towards general operations.

Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center's managing and Artistic director said in a statement, “Bob Appel’s gift to the organization is transformative. His expressed commitment to jazz and Jazz at Lincoln Center establishes a new standard of philanthropy for this great American art. 

"The magnitude of this affirmation from our chairman invigorates our entire institution, and encourages us to an even deeper and more profound engagement with our Mission."

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Charles Fischbein from Front Royal, Va.

FYI, I forgot to mention that Mr. Robert J Appel is on the Board of Directors of The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, which was recently attacked by the web ultra Left web site Right Wing Watch, as being opposed to affirmative action and civil rights.
However it should be noted that in the early 1900's and through the present time it is black musicians who have made major contributions to Jazz, and take note of the photo WQXR has posted on their web site announcing this generous grant. One more example of totally unfounded attacks by the left. I am sure if Mr. Appel had a racist bone in his body he would not have made this grant. Just ask Mr. Marsalis if he thinks Mr. Appel is opposed to civil rights, I think we already know the answer to this question. To my LEFTY friends, please think before you attack. God Speed, Charles Fischbein

Jan. 06 2014 05:19 PM
Charles Fischbein from Front Royal, Va.

While I am not a Jazz enthusiast, this is the way the Arts should be funded, by private foundations, not by the NEA, or as Mr. Plotkin once strangly suggested through a 1% increase in New York City hotel taxes which now hover close to a total of 20%, some of the the highest in the continental United States. Good job from the development staff and grant writers at Lincoln Center, and the Appel Foundation which made the grant. God Speed, Charles Fischbein

Jan. 06 2014 05:02 PM

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