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Whoopi Goldberg, The Roots, Tyler Perry, Kenan Thompson and more attend the Apollo Theater 2022 Spring Benefit

Whoopi Goldberg, The Roots, Tyler Perry, Kenan Thompson and more attend the Apollo Theater 2022 Spring Benefit

The Apollo Theater announced today that the 2022 Apollo Spring Benefit, the historic theater’s largest annual fundraiser, will return on Monday, June 13 as an in-person event themed “The Renaissance Is Now!”

The celebratory benefit concert for the legendary Non– Win Dieater will honor Filmmaker, actor and philanthropist Tyler Perry with the Impact Award. It is presented by Academy Award® Winner and co-host of The View, Whoopi Goldberg. The event will too feature an exciting musical performance from The Roots with special performances from Stephanie Mills, Kamasi Washington, Ogi and more to be announced. International star DJ Derrick “D-Nice” Jones will return with his signature sounds for a lively benefit afterparty. The global investment and merchant banking company LionTree receives the Corporate Award.

“After two years, we are thrilled to once again celebrate the future and legacy of The Apollo Theater in person at our annual Spring Benefit,” said Jonelle Procope, Apollo Theater President and CEO. “Today, more than ever, we recognize the importance of supporting artists, strengthening community and servinging as a black-focused cultural organization Voices.”

Proceeds from the Spring Benefit support the nonprofit’s year-round, world-class artistic, educational and community programs and collaborations, as well as its commitment to the use of arts and cultureWe need to articulate and project the African American narrative and create a 21st century performing arts canon.

The Apollo Season Theme, “The Renaissance is Now!” and its presentations expanded the nonprofit theater’s role as a partner, commissioner, and co-producer of programs that spotlight black performers and voices from the African diaspora while addressing social issues important to Harlem, New York and the nation.

“The Apollo has long stood at the intersection of artistry and activism, and this season honored our incredible community of artists with contemporary presentations that honored our past, examined our present and looked to our bold future,” said Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes . “From the inspiring new projects of our Apollo

New Works artists to the annual Kwanzaa celebrations and Apollo education events, serving students across the city, both at the Apollo and the community at large, and on our digital platforms, we continue the legacy of Apollo in this time of renewal and renaissance continued.”

The Apollo Spring Benefit begins with red carpet arrivals at 6:00 by the utility Concert and award ceremony at 7:00 p.m. The evening also includes a post-performance party with a lounge designed by celebrity event planner and Apollo board member Bronson van Wyck.

More details about the 2022 Spring Benefit, including a full lineup of artists and special guests, will be announced at a later date. Visit for more informations.


Tickets for the Apollo Spring Benefit are available now. To purchase benefit tickets or make a donation to the Apollo Theater, please email [email protected].

Proceeds from the Apollo Spring Benefit support the theater’s year-round performing arts programming, innovative educational initiatives, and community programs.

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About the Apollo Theater

The legendary Apollo Theater – the soul of American culture – plays an important role in nurturing emerging artists and creating legends. Since its inception, the Apollo has served as a hub of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, New York City and the world.

With music at its core, Apollo’s programming spans dance, drama, spoken word and more. These include special programs such as the blockbuster Bruno Mars Live concert at the Apollo, the world premiere of the theater reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me, 100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella, the annual Africa Now! Festival and the recent New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved. The Apollo is a performing arts organization that also produces festivals and large-scale dance and music works organized around a number of core initiatives that celebrate and expand the legacy of the Apollo through a contemporary lens. global festivals including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival and the Breakin’ Convention; international and US artist presentations on a specific topic; and special projects, multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations.

Since initiating the first Amateur Night competitions in 1934, the Apollo Theater has served as a proving ground for new artists working in a variety of art forms and has heralded the emergence of many new genres of music – including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, Blues, soul and hip hop. The myriad of legendary artists who launched their careers at the Apollo include Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, James Brown, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Dave Chappelle, Machine Gun Kelly, Miri Ben Ari, Sarah Vaughan, Gladys Knight and Luther Vandross; and Apollo’s forward-thinking artistic vision continues to build on that legacy.

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