The world-famous Apollo Theater is so much more than a historic landmark - it is a symbol of artistic excellence. Launching the careers of such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, James Brown, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, the Apollo has been a beacon of opportunity and a leader in the evolution of American popular culture for over 70 years. Today, the lights on the marquee have never shone brighter as the Theater evolves into a world-class performing arts center. The Apollo blends its rich history with an expanded suite of high-quality artistic, education, and community outreach programs. With the Apollo poised to set new standards in artistic achievement across performing arts genres, there has never been a better time to become a part of its incredible legacy.
We are steadfast in our mission to improve the community and preserve the great history of this landmark, and we need your help. It is through the generosity of our donors that we are able to accomplish such longevity and broaden the Apollo’s reach to communities throughout New York City, nationally and internationally.
Make a Gift
To make a fully tax deductible donation to help support the world famous Apollo Theater's artistic, education and community outreach programs, you may do so through any of the following ways:
Call (212) 531 - 5341 (Monday through Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Mail a check made payable to The Apollo Theater Foundation to:
ATTN: Development Department
253 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
Tribute Donation - Honor a Family Member, Friend or Special Occasion
The Apollo Theater Tribute Donation Project allows you to honor a family member, friend or a special occasion with a thoughtful and unique Gift of Giving. Commemorate a loved one with a gift that is heartfelt and incalculable, while helping to continue the legacy of a treasured iconic landmark in New York’s history. Contact the Apollo Theater’s Development Department at (212) 531-5341 today to learn more about the Gift of Giving through Tribute Donations.
Learn about the projects and programs that are supported by your charitable generosity below.
Enhancing the Community
The Apollo Theater is committed to enhancing the life of the surrounding community and further establishing itself as a viable public resource with community outreach programs including:
- Holiday Kwanzaa Celebration/ Regeneration Night
- Annual Open House
- Harlem Week activities
Engaging our Youth
The Apollo Theater Education Program extends its commitment to enhancing the life of the community by engaging the youth of New York City. Some of our education initiatives includes:
- Apollo Theater Academy provides career panels, summer internships in-school seminars and weekend workshops for teens
- The Oral History Project encourages young students to learn from stories and life experiences of their elders in order to create a performance piece
Preserving the Landmark
The Apollo Theater first opened its doors on January 26, 1934 with Jazz a la Carte, a variety show headlined by Benny Carter and his orchestra, Ralph Cooper and Aida Ward, which set the tone for decades of unforgettable entertainment. We continue to focus our most diligent attention on the preservation and restoration of this historically majestic structure. The success of our restoration initiatives has resulted in:
- Fully restored 125th Street façade
- New iconic blade sign
- State-of-the-art marquee
- Installation of over 1,500 magnificent, new theater seats
- Rebuilding of the stage, greenroom, and dressing rooms
We appreciate the support of our members, donors and sponsors for helping us to carry this prestigious landmark into the 21st Century and beyond.