Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City has announced a $20 million gift from board chair Robert J. Appel.
The largest private philanthropic contribution to date in support of jazz, the gift will be used to support the thousands of performance, education, and broadcast events Jazz at Lincoln Center produces each year, as well as efforts to advance the organization's audience development, engagement, and advocacy objectives.
Formerly a partner of investment and securities brokerage firm Neuberger Berman, Appel has served on the board of Jazz at Lincoln Center since 2008 and was appointed board chair in 2012.
"Bob Appel's gift to the organization is transformative," said Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center's managing and artistic director. "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."