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Prince Donates $250K to ABT

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Official release:



American Ballet Theatre is the recipient of a $250,000 gift from music legend

Prince. The gift, announced at a press conference held on February 7 at Madison Square

Garden, will benefit ABT’s arts education programs. ABT Soloist Misty Copeland, who

performed with Prince during his most recent “Welcome 2 America” tour, presented the

check to ABT Executive Director Rachel S. Moore at this special ceremony. Gifts were

also awarded to the Harlem Children’s Zone and the Uptown Dance Academy.

Scholarship students from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School joined other young

students to meet the seven-time Grammy winner following the press conference.

“This is an incredible gift for American Ballet Theatre,” said Rachel Moore. “To

have Prince champion the cause of furthering the education of aspiring artists shows a

commitment to the next generation and their future success. This significant donation

will go a long way toward achieving our goals of cultivating and nurturing young dancers

through ABT’s training and outreach programs.”

“A function of our love for the next generation is instilling in them our own hard-

fought knowledge,” said Prince. “We can’t wait and see—or only hope for—the future

of those coming after us. We must actively take responsibility for ensuring their success.”

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