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Neverland Ranch -- A Teen Haven for Music

12/18/2010 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The owners of the Neverland Ranch -- the former home of Michael Jackson -- want to turn the property into a teenage music haven.

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TMZ has learned Colony Capital wants to develop a business plan to turn Neverland into a small music institute -- similar to The Juilliard  School in NYC.  The plan is to teach teens all aspects of music, including writing and performing.

Colony wants to turn the property into a campus, in which scores of teenagers -- rich and poor -- can learn the trade that made Michael Jackson a legend.

There are two big stumbling blocks.  The first is making sure Santa Barbara County will sign off on such a project.

The second -- and bigger issue -- is whether Colony Capital can use Michael Jackson's name to promote such an institute.  TMZ has good news for Colony .... sources directly connected with the Michael Jackson Estate tell us, "It's an interesting idea and we'd be open to it."




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Big Taters    

Newslfash 2013: Michael Jackson found alive in attic in Neverland. Michael Jackson is accused of faking his death while planning to create a "Teen Haven for Music" as a front for his underground video network of naked teen musicians. Developing...

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Lord Rivas    

"And legend has it Lyrics 101 is haunted by the ghosts of many a young boys anal virginity."

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Aarin    

SHUT THE **** UP YOU NASTY MINDS! Michael was more of an angel than all of you rude idiots! He was/is a beautiful soul.

I think he would have loved the idea of Neverland being used as a place of learning and growth for future music and arts. Wipe the bad name that those who hurt him created and make it a haven.

1314 days ago
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bob    

I think real teens were generally too old for MJ. He was lookin'for that fresh boy spooge.

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MPK    

I think it is a brilliant idea and something MJ would have been proud of.

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Mina    

Why do Colony act like they run the place?

According to all reports the estate is MAJORITY owner of Neverland yet for some reason Colony likes to act like they owns it all and is in total control when all they did was buy out the debt on the place

Colony is NOT the sole owner of Neverland. The estate has actually more decisions regarding the ranch and not just about letting them use Michaels image to promote this new projecy

1314 days ago
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Alice(from Romania)    

@ Tellit

This is my gift to you for Christmas.
Merry Christmas! and all best wishes to you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CozU39wso3Y

L.O.V.E and PEACE

1314 days ago
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BrAnBa    

As long as they make something out of Neverland that Michael would have enjoyed and been proud of - I´m fine with it!!
Let his legacy live on!

1314 days ago
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Lee lee    

As long as they make something out of Neverland that Michael would have enjoyed and been proud of - I´m fine with it!!
Let his legacy live on!

Posted at 2:53 AM on Dec 18, 2010 by Kaprifol

I really want his kids to be ok with it too. I'm not sure if they would ever get a say, but it was their home once too.
But whatever happens Michael Jacksons name should be part of it . Thats not up for negotiation as far as I am concerned and I can't see the estate passing up anything pertaining to Neverland.... Michael and benefiting children to be honest.

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Lee lee    

Great clip Phantom ....I always thought that little Mole that Michael has on the left cheek was so cute. Thank you : D

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Mina    

Michael Jackson (and now the estate) is still the majority owner of Neverland... Colony "just" paid the debt.. but MJ was still the majority owner til he passed away.

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jude    

What makes annoyed whenever I see things like this is that you'd think they're doing this because of the love they have for Michael.

I don't think so!

http://bizplusnews.blogspot.com/2010/12/most-powerful-women-revealed.html

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Celeb Gossip Addict    

I think its a fabulous idea. It would have to be called the Michael Jackson School of Music or the Michael Jackson Neverland School of Music. And no doubt the estate should get a cut of the profits regardless of whether Michael still owned the place or not. It is the house that he built and lived in until being chased away.

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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

this is wrong on sooo many levels..wacko wants nothing to do with this place..the place should be boarded up and let nature takes its course,,bless one and all

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