The Black Eyed Peas are opening a school where New York City teens will be able to learn video and music production using professional-quality equipment.
The six-time Grammy Award winners announced Tuesday that their Peapod Foundation together with the Adobe Foundation will open a new Peapod Adobe Youth Voices music and multimedia academy in lower Manhattan.
The two foundations already run three Youth Voices academies in California—in Los Angeles, Oakland and Redwood City.
The New York City academy will offer classes to students ages 13 to 19 starting this July.
The Peapod Foundation is the hip-hop group’s charitable organization. It’s administered by the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
The Adobe Foundation is the philanthropic arm of software maker Adobe Systems Inc.
Black Eyed Peas Musical Director Printz Board takes us on a secret tour of his keyboard lair onstage during BEP’s 2010 E.N.D. Tour. He discusses keyboard setup (including a Novation, Moog, Roland Juno-G, and Yamaha Motif), mixer, stereo monitors, bass amp, trumpet, and all of the extra bells and whistles. He’s got a talk-back mic to communicate to Eric Harris during the show, the monitor engineers, or the whole crew in their in-ears. He also has a little TV screen that shows him any angle of the stage, and he can alert whomever necessary about potential problems, so that each cue happens at the right time and the show goes smoothly from song to song.