Roberta Flack Creating Music School
Veteran R&B singer Roberta Flack plans to transform two abandoned brownstones in Harlem into a school of music to be opened next fall.Veteran R&B singer Roberta Flack plans to transform two abandoned brownstones in Harlem into a school of music to be opened next fall.
The 126th Street facility will offer free liberal arts classes for talented students, Flack told the New York Post. It will house a permanent faculty of teachers, classrooms, a recording studio, an auditorium and performance cafe.
Flack has already secured a $1 million investment from Carver Federal Savings Bank and is seeking an additional $2 million in donations and private investments.
"There are so many young artists who have talent but they need support," said the 65-year-old Grammy-winning singer, who studied piano at Howard University in Washington. "I had such good teachers when I was young, I just wanted to give some of that back."
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