President Statements

Learn more about upcoming events and announcements from Apollo President & CEO, Jonelle Procope.

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June 2022


Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to be capping off a vibrant spring season at the Apollo and heading steadfast into the summer. As we continue to celebrate the arts and support our local and global communities, we stay true to our season’s theme “The Renaissance is Now!”. On Monday, June 13, we’ll host our annual benefit in person for the first time in two years, and it will surely be a joyful evening. As a non-profit cultural organization, the Apollo is elated to bring us all together to support and amplify the Theater’s commitment to our community and to providing a platform for the African American narrative. This year, it will be hosted by actor, comedian, and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson

Our Impact Award will be presented to the extraordinary filmmaker and philanthropist Tyler Perry, owner of the largest film production studio in the United States, and the first African-American to outright own a major film production studio. In addition to his film and theatrical work, Mr. Perry has been supporting the solution to humanitarian issues such as homelessness, access to clean water, and civil rights through generous donations by his foundation, The Perry Foundation. Renowned Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg will be on hand to bestow Perry with this award. The evening will also feature musical performances by The Roots and Apollo-favorite DJ Derrick “D-Nice” Jones, along with special appearances by Stephanie Mills, Ogi and more.

To further commemorate the annual event, the Apollo will release approximately 400, limited edition non-fungible tokens (NFT) on the eco-friendly Flow blockchain. Complimentary tokens featuring the iconic marquee on 125th Street will be issued to each person who purchased a ticket or donated to Apollo’s Spring Benefit. The commemorative NFT will be a digital keepsake celebrating our largest fundraising event of the year, and we are excited to share more in the weeks ahead. For more information about the Apollo’s commemorative NFT, visit

June will be filled with other exciting events as we celebrate Black Music Month. Throughout the month we’ll host live music under our marquee, presented by the Apollo, Make Music New York, the Festival of New York, and WBAI. This event is part of the first-ever Festival of New York, alongside 300 cultural partners such as Lincoln Center and the Queens Night Market, which will celebrate community and collaboration through performances, fairs, classes, exhibits, concerts, games and more all summer. Additional highlights of the Apollo’s summer include an in-person career panel with industry professionals on their beat-making and music production careers.

The live and in-person Amateur Night competitions continue to bring down the house on Wednesdays. With the semifinals just around the corner in July, we’re excited to see who will move on to compete for the Grand Prize this fall. We hope you will be able to join us for an upcoming show.

Recently, I was selected by Howard University, my alma mater, for an honorary doctorate alongside other cultural leaders for our humanitarian and philanthropic contributions to society. I am humbled and filled with gratitude to continue working with an amazing team to do the work of cultivating artists, catalyzing creativity, and uplifting the community that happens every day at the Apollo. I continue to be proud of the rigorous roster and range of artistic events at the Apollo and all of the ways in which we reach our community.

Again, I’d like to express my immense gratitude to the generous donors who have helped us navigate these times and supported us in our commitment to providing arts, education and entertainment for our community. If you are able, we hope you’ll consider supporting the Apollo’s strong mission into the future by making a donation here. And I look forward to seeing you at the Theater.


Jonelle Procope
President & CEO

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