The inaugural Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact event will take place at The Town Hall in New York City later this month on February 28th. The one-night event will honor Solange Knowles for her work as a musician bringing light to promote philanthropy and create social change and will feature performances from Leon Bridges, late-night television bandleader Jon Batiste, and more.

The event will feature Grammy winner Lyne Carrington as the night’s music director, who will help guide a roster of performers including Andra Day, Talib Kweli, BJ The Chicago Kid, Rapsody, and more to be announced. Additionally, poet Eve Ewing and NYC dance company Urban Bush Women will also take part in the night’s festivities.

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A statement shared to the event’s Facebook page reads,

Music sheds light on injustice and invigorates social movements. Throughout history, artists have utilized their platforms to speak truth to power and to promote philanthropy and create social change. The Lena Horne Prize honors artists creating social impact with their platform and who inspire the next generation of change-makers.

As part of the honor, Solange will receive $100k to be donated to Project Row Houses in her hometown of Houston, TX. The non-profit platform uses art to put an emphasis on cultural identity and its impact on the urban landscape.

Tickets for the one-night event are on sale here.


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