Opportunities for Donors


Since its inception in 1934, the Apollo has been at the epicenter of African-American culture and a driving force in shaping America’s music landscape.  From the days of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong to Michael Jackson, Jay-Z and beyond, the Apollo has secured its place in history as America’s most iconic cross-cultural venue.  Contributions from government agencies, foundations, corporations and countless individuals underwrite the many programs and services that keep the storied Apollo legacy alive and thriving.    

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“I’m HAPPY to be an Apollo donor and board member because this institution is a game-changer.”

- Pharrell Williams

Community Impact


Individual contributions are the lifeblood of Apollo community engagement programs, which make a real difference in the lives of thousands of students, families and community organizations annually.  Here’s what contributions accomplish:

  • $10 underwrites one student at a School Day Live performance
  • $75 helps to pay the performance fee for an artist debuting at the Music Café
  • $150 provides fifteen tickets through the Apollo Community Ticket Initiative
  • $250 underwrites two in-school workshops for public school students
  • $500 brings twelve families of four to a Family Showtime performance
  • $1000 provides the stipend for one student in the High School Internship Program
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Apollo members provide crucial financial support for the Apollo’s world-class live performance, community and education programs. With three different groups to choose from, you can experience all the Apollo offers in a variety of ways.  Exclusive Insider Benefits are the Apollo’s way of saying thanks for investing in our ongoing legacy.  Members enjoy:

  • VIP seating at all Apollo Presents performances
  • Invitations to dress rehearsals and other behind-the-scenes events
  • Special meet-the-artist opportunities
  • Pre- and Post-Show receptions
  • And so much more!
Apollo Insiders Young Patrons  Legends Circle

Questions? Please call 212-531-5356 or send an email to the Membership Office.



Friend ($75-$149)

Apollo FRIENDS get access to tickets before A-list members or any other presales. Our members get only the best seats for Apollo Presents performances as well as the inside scoop via our Apollo Insider quarterly newsletter.

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Help to pay the performance fee for an artist debuting at the Music Café


Bronze Insider ($150- $249)

Bronze Insiders get all of the above plus a 10% discount on “Mr. Apollo” Billy Mitchell’s legendary historic tours and access to house seats for our world-famous Amateur Night.

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Provide fifteen tickets through the Apollo Community Ticket Initiative

Silver Insider ($250-$499)

SILVER Insiders get all of the above plus invitations to rehearsals and receptions, a behind-the-scenes look at Amateur Night auditions, coupons for 2 free drinks at Apollo Music Café and/or Comedy Club and a 10% discount on Apollo merchandise.

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Underwrite two in-school workshops for public school students

Gold Insider ($500-$900)

The benefits add up for our GOLD Insiders. In addition to all of the above, GOLD Insiders get backstage tours, access to box seats for Amateur Night and VIP seating for Apollo Music Café and/or Comedy Club.

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Bring twelve families of four to a Family Showtime performance

Platinum Insider($1000-$2,499)

Being a PLATINUM Insider is where it’s at with a personalized ticket concierge, ability to skip the line for all Apollo shows and extra coupons for free drinks at all main stage performances.

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Provide the stipend for one student in the High School Internship Program


VIP Insider ($2,500-$4,999)

Let’s face it, everyone wants to be VIP. VIPs get everything; access to House seats for all Apollo Presents events, their name listed in all our programs and collateral material, and all the benefits above.

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Enable 100 students to attend an Apollo School Day Live

Premiere Insider ($5,000-$9,999)

We spare no expense for our PREMIERE donors. The exclusivity afforded to these Insiders is on another level, with invitations to pre-show dinners with members of the Apollo Theater leadership and all previously listed benefits.

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Give five 4th or 5th graders from Harlem the opportunity to be part of the yearlong Oral History Project  



Young Patrons Program


Young Patrons in their 20’s and 30’s, who make an annual minimum gift of $250, attend exclusive events throughout the year, receive preferred pricing for signature fundraising events and enjoy a host of other great benefits.

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Apollo EmpowHer

Join the Apollo's Women's Network

Apollo EmpowHer is a group of dynamic and diverse women who are making a difference for teens in the Apollo Theater's career development programs, introducing over 2,500 students to behind-the-scenes careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries over the past year.

Members contribute $2,500 or more annually and come together for networking opportunities, fundraising events, and other activities to connect with the Apollo, the education programs they are supporting, and each other.

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Gifts of $10,000 and above are recognized through the Apollo’s Legends Circle. As recognition for their leadership support, members receive invitations to exclusive receptions with Apollo artists, members of the Apollo’s Artistic team and leadership, as well as a customizable suite of benefits that can include presenting sponsor listing for Apollo Music Café and Apollo Presents main-stage performances and more. For additional information, please contact Travis Fraser, Director of Major Gifts and Individual Giving at (212) 531-5341.


Align with the iconic Apollo Theater to reach a diverse and engaged audience, achieve marketing impact, create unique activation experiences, and accomplish your business objectives.

Sarah Rodriguez to learn more about developing a custom sponsorship that fits your brand's needs.

Special Events

Each year some of New York’s most glamorous and exciting special events are exclusive Apollo fund-raisers. Each one is an opportunity to mingle with the movers and shakers of the New York and global entertainment, political and philanthropic communities, while supporting the Apollo’s vital programs.


Dining with the Divas Luncheon
Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Apollo in the Hamptons - A Night of Legends
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Annual Spring Gala
Monday, June 12, 2017

Dining with the Divas Luncheon
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Apollo in the Hamptons – A Night of Legends
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Annual Spring Gala
Monday, June 13, 2016

Dining with the Divas Luncheon
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Apollo in the Hamptons – A Night of Legends
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Apollo Spring Gala
Monday, June 8, 2015

Proceeds from these events provide vital support for the Apollo’s educational, community and performing arts initiatives.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Hyppolite at 212.531.5330 or via email.


We salute the generous supporters of our 2017-2018 season.

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