Business Of Fine Arts

Davis raises nearly $300 million toward his $1.5 billion project

With less than a year under his belt as president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, Gordon J. Davis has already raised $260 million toward the $1.5 billion reconstruction of the world-renowned center. “Most of the money raised comes from the city of New York and we have our sights set on another $30 million to $40 million,” says Davis on behalf of the entire fund-raising committee.

Recognizing the Center’s importance to New York culture and commerce, the city has committed $240 million to the renovation project–the largest single amount Gotham has ever awarded a cultural institution.

Lincoln Center is home to 12 of the world’s leading cultural institutions, including the Juilliard School, the Metropolitan Opera, and New York Philharmonic.

Davis, a Harvard-trained attorney and partner at the international firm LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, manages a $70 million budget to run the 18-acre campus.

Appointed in January, Davis is the center’s first African American president. A 17-year-veteran of the board of trustees, he is also the founding chairman of Jazz at Lincoln Center and helped to raise $115 million for the group’s performance space under construction at Columbus Circle, in Manhattan.

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