A Chili Pepper making a real difference in the community

The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is a non-profit organization, created in 2001 to fill the void in the cultural landscape of our community.  We offer the people of our area the opportunity to study music with exceptional teachers at a reasonable price.  We grant scholarships to deserving children, providing free lessons and instruments.

So reads the mission statement on the homepage of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.  And, quite frankly, I’m surprised that it’s taken this long for the national press to pick up on the good deeds being done by this little school in Los Angeles.

After all, it’s not every music conservatory that has a genuine rock star as its founder.  And this one does – one Mr. Michael Peter Balzary, otherwise known as Flea, the fantastic bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Flea

The co-founder of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music

It’s old news in Los Angeles, where the conservatory hosts an annual “Hullabaloo” fundraiser every fall (the 5th annual was this past Halloween), but it is great to see CNN provide greater exposure for the fantastic deeds of Flea and his fellow philanthropists in this feature by the network’s Denise Quan.

Never judge a book by its cover, they say, and seeing a legitimate music school (not a rock star camp) founded by a guy who – on the surface – would appear to be the least likely to do so is incredibly heartening, to say the least.  And to think, a chance meeting with the music teacher from his old high school was the impetus for the whole project.

Thanks to the inspiration of one man, kids in greater Los Angeles have an opportunity to learn music in an environment that was lacking for the general population before the founding of the conservatory. 

Making Flea not only the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover, but also the personification of one who lives the ideal of “to whom much is given, much is expected”.

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~ by acm213 on November 11, 2009.

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