One of 11 resident organizations, Lincoln Center (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts) presents some 3,000 programs, events, and initiatives each year. Its performance series include American Songbook; Great Performers; Lincoln Center Festival; the Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart, and White Light Festivals; and Live From Lincoln Center, its Emmy Award-winning series of live performing arts telecasts.
Celebrating composers and performers of American popular song, American Songbook gives today's brightest vocal talents the chance to shine in styles ranging from country to rock, from bluegrass to jazz, and from cabaret to Broadway.
Since 1965, Great Performers has presented world-class artists in compelling performances of classical and bold, cutting-edge repertoire. Programs include modern and period instrument orchestra concerts, virtuoso vocal and instrumental recitals, and special film series.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and John Wiley & Sons publish a co-branded series of books that draw on Lincoln Center’s performing artists, global presentations, and Lincoln Center Institute’s educational expertise as a resource.
Since 1996, Lincoln Center Festival has presented visionary international programming of dance, music, opera, and theater by artists from more than 50 countries. To date, the Festival has presented more than 137 premieres, with emphasis on contemporary artists and multidisciplinary works.
The Martin E. Segal Awards were established by Lincoln Center’s Board when Mr. Segal retired as Chairman in 1986. Marking the commitment of the late Mr. Segal to support rising artists, Lincoln Center’s 11 resident organizations nominate an artist annually for the distinguished prize, which gives financial assistance and recognition to young artists of exceptional accomplishment.
Acclaimed music, dance, spoken word, and family events‚ including annual programs like La Casita and Roots of American Music‚ make up the country's longest-running free outdoor festival, filling the plazas of Lincoln Center every August for 43 seasons.
Lincoln Center houses an outstanding public art collection of modern masterworks. Its celebrated Vera List Art Project commissions primarily limited-edition prints as well as posters for sale to the public. A selection of prints is on view in the art gallery on David Geffen Hall’s lower lobby.
Immerse yourself in New York’s vibrant performing arts scene by attending one of the weekly free performances offered in Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.
For 25 summers, New York's hottest outdoor dance party has attracted audiences to swing under the stars to the electrifying sounds of the best local, national, and international artists.
Since 1966, Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival has been a summer tradition. Led by Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée, the Festival presents music by Salzburg's favorite son, his contemporaries, composers who influenced and were influenced by him, and features an annual artist-in-residence.
A morning of networking, breakfast and conversation with today’s most captivating leaders
The White Light Festival is a multidisciplinary fall festival focusing on music's capacity to illuminate the many dimensions of our interior lives. Initiated in 2010, the Festival explores music's spiritual power as revealed in different cultural traditions.
A commitment to local and global community outreach and education continues to be a central component of our mission. Nearly three quarters of a million lives were enriched by our community programming and educational initiatives.
A vibrant community gathering place and gateway to Lincoln Center, the Atrium provides free weekly performances, discount tickets, 'wichcraft cafe, an information desk, and free WiFi.
Whether you’re just visiting New York City and want a glimpse of performing arts history, or you’re a Lincoln Center regular who wants to see your favorite venues from a new perspective, a guided tour will bring you closer to the world’s premier performing arts center.
Enjoy Lincoln Center for less. When available, discount tickets to performances at Lincoln Center, New York City Center, 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall, and Miller Theatre can be purchased at the Donald and Barbara Zucker Box Office in the David Rubenstein Atrium. Stop by Tuesday through Saturday to peruse offered performances.
Lincoln Center Education’s mission is to enrich the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners by providing opportunities for engagement with the arts onstage, in the classroom, digitally, and in the community. Our programs and initiatives reach hundreds of thousands of students, educators, teens, and seniors locally and around the world each year.
Providing arts and education programs to some 80 New York area public schools, Lincoln Center Education works with students and educators nationally and internationally by helping to stimulate imagination, encourage critical thinking, and support learning in other subjects.
Meet the Artist has a 30+ year tradition of presenting vibrant one-hour programs in an informal, interactive format. Showcasing a wide range of world-class performing artists from a broad spectrum of disciplines, programs are enjoyable for all ages. Each is personal and unique, and includes a Q&A with the artists.
Experience the world’s leading performing arts center and all that it has to offer in your local area! In partnership with Queens Library and Brooklyn Public Library, Lincoln Center will pack its bags and ride the rails this summer with live performances at select branches of community libraries!
Each spring for more than two decades, schools from throughout the US present their bands, jazz ensembles, choirs, choruses and orchestras on Lincoln Center’s outdoor plazas as part of Lincoln Center’s Young Music Makers series. Performances by the school groups are free to the public.
As an expression of thanks to those who have served our country, the Lincoln Center Veterans Initiative offers attendance opportunities, discount tours, special events, and employment opportunities to active duty personnel and veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
Contributions from generous individuals, foundations, corporations and government entities directly support all of Lincoln Center’s artistic programs and special initiatives and affirm our mission—to present the very best in the performing arts to the widest possible audience.
The Bravo Lincoln Center Campaign raises funds from both the private and public sectors to support the long-term objectives of Lincoln Center, including transforming its legendary 16-acre campus and building a larger institutional endowment that will strengthen its long-term financial position.
Through one annual gift to the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, your company, employees, and clients can enjoy all that Lincoln Center has to offer while proudly supporting the world’s leading performing arts center.
Lincoln Center gratefully recognizes the leadership support of the foundations and government agencies listed below.
With matching gifts you can sometimes double or even triple your gift. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees.
Lincoln Center relies on the annual support of a large and loyal cadre of individual benefactors who participate in one or more of the following membership programs: the Friends of Lincoln Center, the Chairman’s Council, the Great Performers Circle, the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center, LC Kids. In grateful acknowledgment of their generosity, Lincoln Center offers a variety of exclusive benefits to enrich each member's performing arts experience.
An estate or other planned gift is an investment in the future of Lincoln Center. When you offer a planned gift to Lincoln Center, you become a member of the Bravo Society, which affords you special benefits including invitations to our annual Bravo Society Luncheon; invitations to tours, rehearsals and previews; exclusive access to the Mostly Mozart patrons lounge; and acknowledgment in Lincoln Center Playbill programs and our annual report.
The generous contributions from members of the Lincoln Center Council for U.S. Veterans directly support the Lincoln Center Veterans Initiative, a program offering attendance opportunities, events and employment opportunities for U.S. Veterans and their families.
The Lincoln Center Business Advisory Council (BAC) is a group of leading executives who are willing to devote one morning each year to advising Lincoln Center on its most pressing challenges and most promising opportunities.
In addition to being a major cultural destination for more 5 million visitors annually, Lincoln Center is also the setting for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, high-profile corporate and media events, and film premieres. Its newly transformed campus now offers expanded public/green spaces, discount tickets, free WiFi, and varied dining options.
Host your event at Lincoln Center for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Ignite creativity by hosting a meeting in one of our theaters. Excite your guests by hosting a reception in one of our lobbies. Let Lincoln Center’s magical ambience inspire your upcoming affair. You’re doing more than just planning an event, you’re giving your guests an everlasting memory.
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Our Internship Program provides a unique learning opportunity for individuals interested in careers in performing arts administration and related fields. Interaction with fellow interns and professionals on staff allow for the creation of valuable contacts for the future.
View the list of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts senior management team.
“Lincoln Center thrives on the loyalty and generosity of its volunteers who support every aspect of our artistic and management activity. We are very grateful to them.”
—Jed Bernstein, President
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
—Jed Bernstein, President
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
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