The Apollo Theater has announced the election of six new members to its board of directors, including singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams.

Williams joins the now 32-member board along with Robert K. Kraft, Jason L. Mathews, Carolyn Minick Mason, Charles Phillips and Bronson van Wyck. He will guide the theater’s artistic, education and community programming, fundraising and strategic planning.  The board is chaired by Richard D. Parsons.

“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.”

“As a cultural and economic anchor for the Harlem community, and a driving force for shaping so many up-and-coming artists today, we rely on the visionary leadership of our board of directors to help ensure we fulfill every aspect of our mission,” said Jonelle Procope, president and CEO of the Apollo Theater. “We are so pleased to welcome Bob, Jason, Carolyn, Charles, Pharrell, and Bronson to our Board of distinguished leaders.”