Lincoln Center, the cultural heart of New York City for over half a century, is also an important economic force, according to a new report released today. Lincoln Center's 11 resident cultural organizations and its three long-term licensees hosted 4.5 million people in the 2015 fiscal year, and the cultural campus contributed $2.4 billion in economic impact in New York City. In addition, New Yorkers benefited from access to free performances: 33% of performance attendances were free. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts admissions (also free) comprised a further 11% of the 4.5 million attendances. The study, managed by outside consultant Catherine Lanier, included all Lincoln Center resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and three long-term licensees: American Ballet Theatre, Big Apple Circus, and Tisch WNET Studio. The $2.4 billion impact consists of direct spending by Lincoln Center of $785.4 million and indirect spending of $1.4 billion. Lincoln Center tourists--audience members from out of town who said that Lincoln Center was a very important reason for their trip to New York City--spent $669.8 million, having an impact of $1 billion. This economic activity created nearly 16,000 jobs in the city. Some highlights from the report: Lincoln Center contributed $2.4 billion to New York City's economy in the 2014-2015 season. Lincoln Center organizations spent $785.4 million in New York City during that period, having an economic impact of $1.4 billion. $113.5 million in New York City taxes were collected. Lincoln Center tourists--audience members from out of town who said that Lincoln Center was a very important reason for their trip to New York City--spent $669.8 million, having an impact of $1 billion. 15,802 New York City jobs were created by this economic activity. 71% of Lincoln Center expenditures were on program-related labor and expenses. 44% of all attendees took advantage of Lincoln Center free events, programs, and admissions. Nearly 1.5 million people attended a free performance, and another half million visited the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, to attend free events.