Join us the entire month of June as we celebrate Black Music Month! The Apollo will uplift and celebrate the enduring legacy of Black music with a series of digital broadcasts and events.

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Black Music Month Mosaic

Walk of Fame Induction: Mary J. Blige

Remote Learning Workshops

Apollo Documentary Screening and Live Panel

Apollo Spring Benefit

Apollo Music Café: Adeline

Apollo Presents: Respect the House

Walk of Fame Induction Premiere: Mary J. Blige

Live Wire: Hazel Scott

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Apollo Walk of Fame Induction: Mary J. Blige

Date: Friday, May 28
Time: 10 AM ET
Location: Apollo Historic Theater

Outdoors and free with limited capacity due to 6 feet social distancing

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The Apollo will honor nine-time Grammy Award-winning and two-time Academy Award nominee, Mary J. Blige with an induction into our legendary Walk of Fame. Located in front of the Apollo on 125th Street, under our historic marquee, The Walk of Fame celebrates artists who have contributed to and articulated the African American cultural narrative and continue to inspire people all over the world.

Mary J. Blige

Remote Learning Workshops for Teachers

Date: Thursday, June 3
Time: 9:30 AM & 1 PM ET
Price: $10 for each workshop or $15 for both


The Apollo Theater Education Program presents two of its most popular and interactive remote learning workshops for K-12 educators, Welcome to the Apollo and Theater Explorations. Experience exciting approaches to teaching about the arts, history, and culture through the lens of the Apollo Theater.

2 hours of CTLE credit will be available for each workshop.

Apollo Documentary Screening and Live Panel

Live Panel Date: Friday, June 5
Live Panel Time: 7 ET
Film Available On Demand: June 2 - June 9


Universal Music Group is hosting a special screening of the HBO Documentary Film, The Apollo, and a live panel discussion about this landmark New York City theater, as part of New York Music Month Extended Play, an initiative of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. The film, which chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of the Apollo Theater, weaves together archival clips of music, comedy and dance performances from an astonishing list of legendary talents, behind-the-scenes verité footage of the team that makes the theater run and interviews with iconic musical artists. In addition, The Apollo examines the state of race relations in America –exploring not only the struggle of Black lives in America, but the role that art plays in that struggle, and the essential part the Apollo Theater continues to play in the cultural conversation.

Apollo Spring Benefit

Date: Monday, June 7
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Location: Apollo Digital Stage
Benefit Encores: Tuesday, June 8 at 3 PM ET and Wednesday, June 9 at 8 AM ET

Free with RSVP


The Spring Benefit, the Apollo’s signature fundraiser, is a spectacular celebration of the Theater’s rich legacy and its commitment to its future as a mission-led arts and cultural organization, a community anchor and an economic driver for Harlem and New York City. The benefit brings together New York City’s elite business, entertainment and philanthropic communities in support of the Apollo.

Although the Theater has been closed since March 2020, the Apollo remains a valued resource and creative partner. Proceeds from the Spring Benefit will ensure that the Apollo can continue its important performing arts, education and community initiatives and be poised for its reopening.

This year’s tributes include Mary J. Blige, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Ethiopia Habtemariam and Sherrilyn Ifill.

Performances to be announced.



Apollo Resounding: Virtual Spring Benefit

Apollo Music Café: Adeline

Black Music Month Encore

Date: Friday, June 18
Time: 3 PM ET
Location: Apollo Digital Stage

Free Event


In celebration of Black Music Month, tune in to the rebroadcast of Apollo Music Café featuring the French-Caribbean singer/ songwriter and bassist Adeline (pronounced ad-uh-leen). Her self-titled debut album and the recent release of her EP entitled Intérimes have garnered praise from NPR, The Fader, American Songwriter, Vogue, Essence, Rolling Stone and more. Powered by pulsating bass lines and satin soulful tones, Adeline masterfully conjures a whole mood with a kaleidoscope of luscious ballads fused with raw-funk and a dose of neo-soul. This intimate concert gives audiences a front row seat to the future of music.

Adeline in a yellow turtle neck posing with her bass guitar

Apollo Presents Respect the House - A Make Music New York Event

Date: Monday, June 21
Time: 12 PM- 5:00 PM ET
Location: Under the Marquee at the Apollo Historic Theater

Outdoors and free with limited capacity due to 6 feet social distancing

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House music is a global cultural phenomenon but its roots stem from Chicago and New York’s underground club scene. In celebration of Black Music Month, the Apollo has partnered with Make Music New York, a unique festival of free public concerts throughout NYC’s five boroughs, to reclaim the origins of House and honor the diversity of Black music.

On June 21st, get outside, move your body, and party with Amateur Night at the Apollo’s own DJ Jess, along with WHCR’s Tina Dixon, DJ Black Icon 1 from WBAI’s The Harlem Connection, and DJ songwriter, curator, and educator LiKWUiD (Stylez) and 107.5 WBLS’s DJ Qua for an afternoon of House music and dancing beneath our iconic marquee on 125th Street.

Apollo Marquee

Apollo Walk of Fame Induction Premiere: Mary J. Blige

Date: Friday, June 25
Time: 12 PM and 9 PM ET
Location: Apollo Digital Stage


Tune in for the broadcast of the induction ceremony including remarks from Mary J. Blige, Apollo Theater Board Chairman Charles Phillips, Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes, and Apollo Historian Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell. Following the remarks, the Apollo will unveil a permanent plaque recognizing Mary J. Blige’s’ cultural significance, international success, and extraordinary longevity.

Mary J. Blige

Live Wire: Hazel Scott

Black Music Month Encore

Date: Sunday, June 27
Time: 7 PM ET
Location: Apollo Digital Stage

Free event


As we celebrate Black Music Month, tune in to the encore presentation of the Apollo Live Wire highlighting the life and accomplishments of Hazel Scott. In a career that spanned over four decades, Juilliard-trained pianist and child prodigy, Hazel Scott captivated audiences worldwide with her swing renditions of the classics. Born in Port-au-Spain, Trinidad and raised in Harlem, Scott was the first black artist to host her own television show, The Hazel Scott Show, in 1950 on the Dumont network. On the centennial of her birth, we remember Scott for her groundbreaking accomplishments in the entertainment industry as well as her outspoken advocacy for civil rights. Narration by Karen Chilton, with performances by pianist Damien Sneed and saxophonist & vocalist Camille Thurman.


A black and white photo of Hazel Scott

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