Berklee Announces Partnership with New York City and Pete Muller

September 7, 2017

Roger H. Brown, president of Berklee School of Music, has announced that the city of New York has teamed up with Berklee and Berklee trustee Pete Muller in a public-private-nonprofit partnership to establish a center for Berklee in New York. This center will be at the historic Power Station Studios on West 53rd Street, most recently known as Avatar Studios. The studio will now be known as Power Station at BerkleeNYC.

“Berklee will operate the studio—where artists like Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, Tony Bennett, Pat Metheny, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Madonna, Bob Dylan, the cast of Hamilton, and many others recorded iconic albums—while renovating and transforming it into a state-of-the-art recording and video production facility for the city’s music, theater, television, and film industries,” Brown stated.

The building’s lower level will also be converted into a flexible-use practice/performance venue and will feature a professional stage and state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and projection technology, as well as a video control room and a virtual reality/augmented reality studio. Stephen Webber will lead the center as executive director of BerkleeNYC.

“This new home for Berklee brings enormous opportunities to expand our presence in New York, and create continuing education, career strategy, and skills acquisition programs for musicians, composers, producers, music business students, and engineers; as well as programs exploring the intersection of music, dance, theater, and technology; artist incubation; and internships for Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students,” Brown added. “There is a lot of work ahead of us to determine an ideal blend of professional recording, educational programming, and community outreach. In the coming months, the facility will undergo a two-phase refurbishment period, financed by the largest philanthropic contribution in Berklee’s history. Stephen will be leading the effort to transform the technology and the physical plant, while developing our professional vision and educational programs.”

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