The Black Eyed Peas have always been advocates for their community. In another effort to reach back, the award-winning group plans to open a music academy in New York for teens aged 13-19.
Tuesday, it was announced that Peapod which serves as the Black Eyed Peas’ charitable donation, will partner with the Adobe Foundation to open the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Music and Multimedia Academy in July 2011.
Group member Will.i.am spoke of the partnership saying, “Our passion for music and media was fueled by many generous people on our road to success. Expanding the network of Peapod Adobe Youth Voices academies enables us to pay it forward, giving more youth the skills and encouragement they need to realize their dreams.”
The selected venue is a building currently operated by Urban Arts Partnership, which hosts after school arts programs for at-risk youth. Upon acceptance into the academy, students will be afforded opportunities based on their interest in various genres and more.
With the unprecedented fame the Black Eyed Peas have experienced, their presence and guidance to students at the new music school is sure to produce the industry’s next wave of superstar performers.