1. What is Theatre Within's Annual John Lennon Tribute?

Theatre Within's Annual John Lennon Tribute is the longest running John Lennon tribute in the world and the only ongoing John Lennon tribute concert sanctioned by Yoko Ono. It began in 1981 as a small neighborhood gathering on Manhattan’s Upper Westside and evolved over the years into a full-scale charity concert with top artists. Previous performers include Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith, Donovan, Debbie Harry, Jackson Browne, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Taj Mahal, Martin Sexton, Joan Osborne, David Bromberg and Cyndi Lauper. 

2. What is Theatre Within?

Theatre Within is a grassroots non-profit that provides free, ongoing workshops — in songwriting, art, meditation and more — for children who have lost a parent to cancer, adult cancer survivors and those undergoing treatment at Gilda's Club, NYC.

Our John Lennon Real Love Project, now in its sixth year, uses John Lennon’s songs and timeless message of love and peace to inspire workshop participants to write their own songs and sing their truth. Starting in the fall of 2019, contingent on funding, we will offer the John Lennon Real Love Project to public schools in the New York metropolitan area at no cost.

John Lennon is an inspiration to us because he was courageous and honest in pursuing his own growth; he used his art as a vehicle for that growth, and as a platform in the pursuit of peace and social justice.

3. Where does the money generated by the Tribute go?

In its early years as a charity concert, the Tribute raised money to help fund education programs for homeless children in New York, feed the hungry, build music schools in developing nations, aid local disaster relief, and support local and international charities.

Since 2014, all proceeds have helped fund Theatre Within’s ongoing free workshops for those whose lives have been impacted by cancer at Gilda's Club, NYC.  In 2018, Theatre Within provided more than 50 free workshops, with more planned for the current year.

4. Where does the money to produce the Tribute come from?

Theatre Within relies on contributions from individual supporters to produce the Tribute. We have had to take a bridge loan most every year since 2009 to cover production costs. Funding for the Tribute remains an ongoing challenge.


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