Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Black Eyed Peas have music academy in NY

NEW YORK (AP) - The Black Eyed Peas founded a school for New York teenagers where students can learn and music video production using professional equipment. The winners of six Grammy Awards announced Tuesday that its Peapod Foundation, in collaboration with the Adobe Foundation will open the musical and multimedia academy Peapod Adobe Youth Voices in Manhattan.

The Peapod Foundation is a nonprofit organization of hip-hop and is administered by the Entertainment Industry Foundation. The Adobe Foundation is the charitable organization of the software maker Adobe Systems Inc., whose products include Acrobat, Flash and Photoshop. Both foundations collaborate in the Youth Voices academies in Los Angeles, Oakland and Redwood City, California.

New York's school will offer classes to students of 13-19 years from July this year, the foundation reported. "Our passion for music and the media was fed by many generous people in our path to success" said the member of the Black Eyed Peas will. i. am. "Expanding the network of academies Adobe Youth Voices Peapod allows us to reward this even more, to give young people the tools and support they need to fulfill their dreams." The school will have its facilities in a building operated by the Urban Arts Partnership, which provides afterschool programs for teens to study art in very poor areas.

Students are admitted based on the recommendations of their teachers and their expressions of interest in the subjects taught, such as camera work, editing and graphic design.

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