The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) are teaming up again to present the annual Sing Out for Freedom benefit concert. The final, 21st episode will take place on November 13 at NYU’s Skirball Center.
The evening’s theme will be “Sing Out for Freedom: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Fabulous” and the program will spotlight actress and entertainer Peppermint, who will be recognized with the Michael Friedman Freedom Award. Host, writer and performer Amber Ruffin has been asked to present the evening. Michelle Buteau, Alexis Michelle, Hayley Kiyoko, Cheyenne Jackson, Taylor Iman Jones, Pia Toscano, Vincint and Liana Stampur, among others, will take the stage to perform.
Tickets are in sale now. Sing Out For Freedom was founded to shine a light on social injustices and civil rights issues through a curated evening of song, spoken word and other performances. It was co-founded by Liana Stampur and Erich Bergen, along with NYCLU director Donna Lieberman. Proceeds benefit the work of the NYCLU and the ACLU. The 21st edition is produced by Bergen’s 6W Entertainment and executive produced by Ari Conte, with direction by Bergen and musical direction by Michael J. Moritz Jr.
“Sing Out for Freedom reminds us that music, theater and art are powerful tools for change – they inspire, change hearts and drive people to action,” said Lieberman. “In the face of a massive rollback of hard-won rights and freedoms, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU are joining forces with artists to educate the public, mobilize communities and co-create a vision of a better future.”