Pharrell Williams Named Board Member of Apollo Theater

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams has one more thing added to his list of titles. He’s been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors for the Apollo Theater.

On Tuesday, the famed Harlem theater announced that Williams, along with five other corporate leaders, would join the board of directors, expanding its membership to 32.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome these six individuals to the Apollo board. It is such a wonderfully diverse group of professionals, each representing the very best in their respective fields. They all understand the incredible legacy of the Apollo’s contributions to American culture and are equally committed to investing in its future,” said Richard Parsons, chairman of the Apollo Theater’s board of directors. “I know that the collective knowledge and insight of these new board members will be a wonderful and valuable addition as we guide the Theater forward.”

The “Happy” hitmaker was invited to join the board just months after he made his debut on the legendary Apollo stage in June for a live-streaming of his American Express Unstaged concert, which was directed by Spike Lee.

In a statement, Williams writes, “The Apollo Theater embodies a tremendous amount of music history. (I am) so excited to help preserve, and expand, its legacy in American culture.”

The board’s projects include raising $20 million for the 21st Century Apollo Campaign, funds which will benefit education, programming, and updates to the theater. The Apollo has raised more than half of the projected amount.

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