The David Rockefeller Lecture on arts and business is an annual lecture in New York City featuring prominent business leaders addressing the vital connection between the arts and business. The Lecture is named for David Rockefeller, founder of the Business Committee for the Arts for the Americans for the Arts program and former Chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Corporation. This ongoing lecture series was created to advance Rockefeller’s belief that the arts are essential to free enterprise and human achievement, and to encourage businesses to form alliances with the arts as an expression of their broader responsibility to their communities.

2016 Lecture

David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, presented the 2016 David Rockefeller Lecture on May 4 at The TimesCenter in New York City. He was introduced by acclaimed singer Renée Fleming and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Blakely Youth Ensemble performed.

2016 David Rockefeller Lecture Video

Thank you to The Conference Board for providing video services for the event.

Selected Excerpts

Letter from Alexander Hamilton

"When you promote the arts..."

A Call to Business Leaders



2016 Rockefeller Lecture on Arts and Business

See all of the photos from the 2016 David Rockefeller Lecture on the Americans for the Arts Flickr