By Gabriela Resto-Montero
MANHATTAN —Multi-platinum selling pop group the Black Eyed Peas is launching a Manhattan center to teach music and video production to teenagers.
The band's Peapod Foundation, in partnership with software giant Adobe's nonprofit charity group the Adobe Foundation, will teach students between the ages of 13 through 19, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
The quartet, made up of rappers will.i.am., Taboo, apl.de.ap. and singer Fergie, has won six Grammy-awards and sold 27 million albums worldwide since they exploded onto the music scene with their hit "Where is the Love" in 2003.
By teaming up with the Adobe Foundation, the maker of Adobe and Flash, the Peas said they hoped to kick-start young careers with the academy, their fourth school with the foundation.
"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," will.i.am. told the AP.
The academy will be overseen by the Urban Arts Partnership. Its location in lower Manhattan has not yet been disclosed, the AP reported.