FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO
JONELLE PROCOPE

June 2021

Dear Friends,

The Apollo has never been just a theater. We are the embodiment of an ideal, a mission, and a spirit that is more expansive than can be held in our building. With that in mind, I hope you will join us on Monday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET as we celebrate this spirit with Apollo Resounding, our virtual spring benefit taking place on the Apollo Digital Stage. The benefit will amplify the Apollo’s commitment to the needs of our community and the resounding calls for justice, equity, and humanity.

In addition to world-class performances from some of the Apollo’s most beloved artists, the evening will honor Felicia and Ben Horowitz, recipients of the inaugural Impact Award for their philanthropic leadership; and our good friend, producer and DJ, Derrick “D-Nice” Jones, who will receive the Percy E. Sutton Award in recognition of his work championing the value of the arts and philanthropy as a crucial part of the fabric of our community. The evening will also feature tributes to Motown Records Chairwoman and CEO Ethiopia Habtemariam; activist and educator Brittany Packnett Cunningham; and President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Sherrilyn Ifill. I can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.

Last week, we were thrilled to induct nine-time Grammy Award-winning and two-time Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige into the Apollo’s historic Walk of Fame, and in case you missed it, highlights of the day will be featured in Apollo Resounding. We were delighted to once again honor an artist who not only has a deep relationship with the Apollo, but also has an immense impact on American music and popular culture.

Funds raised by Apollo Resounding will support our innovative artistic and educational programming, with a portion set aside to give back to independent businesses and non-profit organizations in Harlem that were heavily impacted by COVID-19. For more details on this initiative established in partnership with 125th Street BID and Harlem Commonwealth Council, please visit here.

On June 4, in celebration of Black Music Month, the Apollo’s Kamilah Forbes will be participating in a live virtual discussion about the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary, The Apollo. She’ll be joined by interim CEO of Def Jam Records Jeff Harleston and producer Lisa Cortés to discuss the Apollo’s unique history and its continued cultural relevance. The film will also be available to stream on demand from June 2 through June 9, and you can RSVP for free here.

The Apollo is rising, but we haven’t left our roots. As we physically welcome our community home this fall with a limited number of in-person performances, and continue our popular programming on the Apollo Digital Stage, we are expanding our presence in Harlem with the Apollo’s new theaters at the Victoria. Scheduled to open in early 2022, we will be able to offer exciting resources for our audiences, our artists and our community in the months ahead.

I’d like to especially thank the many generous donors who have sustained us over the past year. The Apollo, and arts organizations around the country, continue to need your support. For those who are able, we hope you’ll consider supporting the Apollo’s upcoming season and future by making a donation here.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Jonelle Procope
President & CEO
Apollo Theater

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