Press Release

September 20, 2017

Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Announces Michael Mullman as Chairman and John Cole and Charles Ludmer as Vice Chairs of Business Council

Lincoln Center News

Pamela Hernandez


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Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Announces Michael Mullman as Chairman and

John Cole and Charles Ludmer as Vice Chairs of Business Council


The Corporate Fund Provides Support for Lincoln Center’s Resident Arts Organizations


New York, NY (September 20, 2017) — Lincoln Center announced the appointment of Michael S. Mullman as Chairman of its Corporate Fund Business Council, as well as John P. Cole and Charles G. Ludmer as Vice Chairs. The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund provides support for Lincoln Center’s resident arts organizations, allowing corporate donors to benefit ten world-renowned institutions. The Business Council focuses on the interest and support of middle-market corporations and professional firms, and has contributed to the unique and vital mission of the Corporate Fund since 1995. Every year the Business Council hosts events such as its Business Leadership Award Breakfast, Spring Networking Event, and a Jazz Evening at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.


“I am pleased Michael has accepted the chairmanship of the Business Council,” said Steven R. Swartz, President and CEO of Hearst and Chairman, Lincoln Center Corporate Fund. “I am confident that under his leadership, along with John and Chuck, the Business Council will continue to successfully uphold the Corporate Fund’s mission of supporting Lincoln Center’s resident arts organizations with unrestricted contributions.”


Michael Mullman, a partner at Blank Rome LLP, became a member of the Corporate Fund’s Business Council in 2004 and Vice Chairman in 2008. Michael has widespread legal experience in corporate, business, and commercial transactions.


He has authored many articles, including "Pre-Nups for Small Business: Plan Your Exit Before You Open the Door," Opportunity World, February 2000, and co-authored “Law Firm Recruiting: There's No Time Like the Summer!,” New York Law Journal, April 2001.


Charles G. Ludmer, Principal, Chief Marketing and Practice Development at CohnReznick LLP, an inaugural member of the Corporate Fund’s Business Council, said, “Serving as Vice Chair of the Business Council is a special honor. Helping to lead the Business Council to raise unrestricted funds from middle-market companies is both rewarding and essential to keep Lincoln Center and the arts strong for today and generations to come.”


“It has been such an honor to serve along with other dedicated business leaders on the Lincoln Center Business Council,” said John P. Cole, Northeast Business Banking Division Manager at Wells Fargo. “By being involved, we are helping to ensure that this prestigious New York City institution reaches as many people as possible through its many programs and events. I am thrilled and humbled to be able to continue to support the Council’s important work as the organization’s Vice Chair.” John became a member of the Business Council in 2004. 


About Lincoln Center Corporate Fund

The Lincoln Center Corporate Fund is the sole vehicle that raises and distributes crucial, unrestricted corporate support among Lincoln Center’s resident arts organizations. With one gift, the Corporate Fund allows companies to support ten world-renowned arts organizations and play a part in supporting their artistic, educational, and community outreach programs that reach millions annually and make Lincoln Center a national treasure. As an expression of gratitude, the Corporate Fund offers its member companies and their employees an outstanding array of benefits to ten arts organizations that comprise Lincoln Center. Members enjoy enhanced brand awareness, behind-the-scenes access, numerous specially priced and complimentary ticket offers, access to an exclusive concierge ticketing service, and a range of elegant client-entertaining options at Lincoln Center venues.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 16 series, festivals, and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating 41 years enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers and beyond. The reimagination of David Geffen Hall will play an important part in these efforts. For more information, visit


Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at 212.875.5375.


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