Sixth Annual Weekend of Stage and Screen Continues Mission of Benefiting Music & Arts Education For Underserved Children of Asbury Park and Surrounding Areas 

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Asbury Park, NJ (Sept. 23, 2019) – The not-for-profit Asbury Park Music + Film Festival (APMFF), taking place from April 23-26, 2020 in Asbury Park, NJ, will return for the sixth consecutive year. Exclusive announcements on musical performances, film screenings and panel discussions will be made in the coming months on the Festival’s official website at and by following APMFF on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. APMFF will benefit underserved children in Asbury Park and its surrounding areas by providing music education, instruments and social connection opportunities.  

"Over the last five years, the Asbury Park Music + Film Festival has produced some of the most memorable events to take place on both stage and screen in the history of the city," said Tom Bernard, Co-President, Sony Pictures Classics and APMFF Co-Chair. "Through these iconic moments, the Festival has remained steadfast in its commitment to raise funding for the underserved children of Asbury Park and surrounding communities.  We are devoted to providing local youth the necessary resources in order to pursue their dreams and flourish in both music and the arts.”

The Festival has already welcomed many music and film heavyweights which include Bruce SpringsteenDanny DeVitoWyclef Jean, The Farrelly Brothers, David Crosby, Cameron Crowe, Don Cheadle, John Densmore, Stevie Van ZandtJakob Dylan (The Wallflowers), Tracy Edwards (Maiden documentary), Robert Trujillo (Metallica)Warren HaynesMichael Franti and Cat Power.

The Paramount Theatre, equipped with a new state-of-the-art Christie DCP projection system, and APMFF successfully came together to add the Paramount as a digital touchpoint for international film studio, Trafalgar Releasing, who distributes content to 5,763 film screens, across 93 different countries.  

APMFF also offers year-around programming, working together with Paramount Theatre and the Count Basie Center for the Arts to promote select Trafalgar released screenings. The fall season screenings kick-off on October 4 at Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ with the Roger Waters' concert film, "Us and Them" (click for tickets), featuring a collection of recent live performances in Europe, followed by screening of "Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M2" (click for tickets) on October 11. The Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, NJ will host "ZZ Top: That Lil' Old Band From Texas" (click for tickets) on October 16, as part of the film series. Partial proceeds from every ticket sold will benefit the APMFF mission.

Jeremy Grunin, President of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation based in Toms River, NJ, has been named to the Festival's Board of Advisors which is already comprised of some of the most powerful figures in the film and music industries including Co-Chairs Tom Bernard (Sony Pictures Classics), Danny Clinch (Director & Photographer), Tom Donovan (Media Executive) and Adam Block (Amazon Music). In addition, Tom Jones (Halo Group), Josh Braun (Submarine Entertainment), Jim Dowd (NJ Devils Stanley Cup Champion), Eric Eisner (Double E Pictures), Denis Gallagher (Charliewood Pictures), Justin Kreutzmann (Filmmaker), Annie McDonough (NetFlix), Jeff Rosen (Manager, Bob Dylan), Rich Russo ("Anything, Anything" Radio), Bob Santelli (Grammy Museum), Shelli Sonstein (Q104.3/iHeart Media) and Michael Uslan (Film/TV Producer) all serve as  members of the Board.

The 2020 Asbury Park Music & Film Festival is sponsored by Founding Partners RWJ Barnabas Health and Asbury Park Press, Presenting Partner First Atlantic Federal Credit Union and Sponsors Madison Marquette and the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. 


About Asbury Park Music + Film Festival

The Asbury Park Music + Film Festival provides music education to underserved youth in and around Asbury Park.  APMFF also brings high-tech music education to students and provides after-school programming at schools in Asbury Park, Long Branch, Red Bank and Bradley Beach as well as at the Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County. The Festival offers platforms to enhance personal attention, positive relationships, scholarship opportunities and commitment to musical excellence, all of which produce life-changing experiences.

About Trafalgar

Trafalgar Releasing is an award-winning, market leader in global event distribution, working in partnership to unite audiences with entertainment and the arts. ... Since its launch in 2006, Trafalgar Releasing (formerly operating as Picturehouse Entertainment) brings special events to the big screen around the world.

Stacy Cannamela