Chili Peppers bassist “tremendously excited” about permanent home for Silverlake Conservatory
By Mindy Rochwerg
February 17, 2015
Silverlake Conservatory of Music now has a permanent home. The announcement came from Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea, in a letter to supporters of the school.
“We are tremendously excited about this,” wrote Flea, according to looktothestars.org. “We will be able to double the amount of students we teach, have our ensemble classes on site, as well as our recitals.” Though acknowledging the need for more fundraising, the bassist sounded encouraged about the school’s future. “We are going to build an amazing facility and expand our music program to provide the best possible music education to the kids of Los Angeles.”
The conservatory is a non-profit organization, developed to facilitate music education. The school offers private music lessons at a reasonable cost and grants scholarships to children in need, providing them with free lessons and instruments.
Flea founded the organization in 2001, along with childhood friend and longtime Chili Peppers saxophonist/violinist/vocalist Keith “Tree” Barry. Flea sits on the board of the conservatory, along with Barry and RHCP lead singer and lyricist, Anthony Kiedis. Honorary Committee members include Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, rock legend Patti Smith and Metallica.
Speaking in 2009 of his motivation to start the school, Flea shared a bit of his troubled past. “In high school and after high school, I was heading for disaster,” he recalled, according to CNN. “I was on drugs; I was robbing people’s houses; I was wild on the street.”
Flea credits his music education as a catalyst for getting him through that rough period. “Lucky enough,” he says, “through the public school system, I had been able to have some music education, and that gave me something to focus on, and discipline — like a family to feel part of. There was a healthy family.”
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