Extend Your Legacy and Support the Orchestra’s Endowment
A bequest from your estate is a wonderful way to sustain the legacy of the New York Philharmonic. Bequests can take several forms, some of which we describe below. While you should always consult with your attorney and financial advisors regarding any decisions which affect your estate plan, we are always happy to discuss your wishes and help you to find a giving vehicle that best expresses your goals.

General Purpose Bequest
An outright, general purpose bequest from your estate brings the most value to our Orchestra. Each general purpose bequest funds the Philharmonic’s permanent Endowment Fund, which is the most important source of annual support for ongoing programs and activities.

Special Purpose Bequest
If you have an affinity for a particular program or area of interest at the Philharmonic, you may consider designating your bequest for a special purpose. We invite you to contact us to talk about some of the Orchestra’s greatest priorities for future support.

Bequests of Tangible Personal Property
The Philharmonic welcomes non-cash gifts that are of value. You may choose to bequeath musical instruments, items of historical interest for our Archives, or other tangible personal property of value.

Contingent Bequest
With this type of bequest, assets are distributed to the Philharmonic only if and when you outlive the beneficiaries currently named in your estate plan.

Bequest to a Charitable Remainder Trust
With this type of trust, payments are made to one or more of your beneficiaries for life, or for a set number of years, after which any remaining trust assets are given to the Philharmonic.

Bequest to a Charitable Lead Trust
By making a bequest to a charitable lead trust, you can make payments to the Philharmonic for a chosen number of years, after which any remaining trust assets are passed on to your heirs at a reduced estate tax cost.

Why I Became a "Real Part" of the New York Philharmonic Family

It seems that music has always been the primary interest of my life. For more than forty years, beginning with concerts I attended on Friday afternoons with my mother, the New York Philharmonic has held a special place within my musical life. I remember hearing programs with Horowitz, Rubenstein, Hess, and other great pianists at that time.

My parents encouraged me to study the piano and I began taking lessons when I was seven. Every day after school, while my friends played in Central Park, I practiced for hours. I never felt deprived or envious of them because I just loved playing the piano.

In 1972, I became a Philharmonic subscriber and have been enjoying performances regularly ever since. As one of those rare native New Yorkers, I know the importance of the New York Philharmonic to the cultural and artistic life of the City. My husband, Arthur Field, and I are honored to be a part of the New York Philharmonic family and we consider it a part of our extended family.

When it was time to think about estate planning, I considered the ways I could make a gift that would have a lasting effect on this great Orchestra. Having no children of my own led me to decide that my estate should benefit the New York Philharmonic at the time that neither my husband nor I is alive. I want my bequest to support the Orchestra's marvelous concerts each season and well into the future so that I can give others the opportunity to experience the exciting musical programs I have been so fortunate to enjoy throughout my life.

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Questions about Bequests

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Contact by Mail

Russell Jones
Senior Development and Planned Giving Officer
New York Philharmonic
David Geffen Hall
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023