Dear Friends,

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy as we all adjust to the ongoing need for social distancing. This is not the spring anyone envisioned, but it’s one we are all sharing.  What I know for sure is that we will navigate this together.

As you may know, we made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel or postpone all Apollo-produced programs through June 30. While the Apollo stage may be dark, the energy of our theater is still alive. A few weeks ago, we launched the Apollo Digital Stage, where we’ll be celebrating the performances, artists, audiences and personalities that have made us what we are, and we hope doing so will lift your spirits. From re-broadcasts of our signature Amateur Night program, to film screenings, we’ll share updated content weekly to bring the excitement of the Apollo online for you to enjoy.  Our team has also been hard at work filling the coveted slots for future Amateur Night seasons by accepting digital auditions from those who would like to compete on the Apollo’s stage. If you are looking for your next big break, I encourage you to visit the Apollo Theater’s website to learn more.

As I write this, I am thinking about the long-term impact this crisis will have on the Apollo and other non-profits around the world. There is a lot that we don’t know, but we do know that artists have been and will be paramount in helping us understand and come to terms with our world. When we reopen, the Apollo will do what it has done for eight decades, ensure that the voices of African American artists and artists of the African Diaspora are heard. We hope we have your support.

Like many great New Yorkers, the Apollo Theater and Harlem have seen a lot and we eagerly await being able to welcome you through our doors once more. Until then, we will continue to share information on our Apollo Cares page, which has resources for our community. I encourage you to be in touch by emailing me at [email protected] with other questions you may have.

If you are in the position to make a gift to support the Apollo’s programs, please consider doing so by clicking here.

Thank you, and be well,

Jonelle Procope