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OTRC: Black Eyed Peas start music academy in New York City

The Black Eyed Peas thank fans backstage at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Six-time Grammy Award winners, the Black Eyed Peas, announced on Tuesday that they're teaming up with The Adobe Foundation through their Peapod Foundation to start a music academy focused on video and music production using professional-quality equipment.

Dubbed the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices music and multimedia academy, the school will be located in lower Manhattan, according to the Associated Press.

"Our passion for music and media was fueled by many generous people on our road to success," will.i.am said in a statement according to the wire service. "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 Peapod Foundation is the group's charitable organization which is administered by the Entertainment Industry Foundation. The Adobe foundation is the philanthropic organization of the software company Adobe Systems Inc. which products include Flash and Photoshop.

This will be the fourth Youth Voices academy for the organizations as the groups already run three in California - in Los Angeles, Oakland and Redwood City.

Classes will be offered to 150 specially selected students from ages 13 to 19 beginning in July and will be housed in a facility operated by Urban Arts Partnership.

Students will be accepted into the academy based on recommendations from teachers and demonstrated interests in subject areas such as camera work, editing and graphic design.

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