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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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61.

Lee    

I like the overall concept and I believe Michael would like it as well. What I would like to see is all of the rides brought back, all of the animals, etc. Open part of the property up as a theme park (as Michael had it). Charge people an admission price. The revenue made from admission, souvenirs, and the sale of food/drinks would bring the city of Los Olivos (as well as Michael's estate) a huge amount of money. I'd like to see all of the original things that made Neverland Neverland remain- the main house, guest houses, train station, etc. Perhaps turn the main house in to some sort of museum. Then build a campus for the school where the open pasture land is now. The possibilities are endless. They could have Michael's music videos playing all throughout the day in the theater, show old J5 concerts, etc.

1217 days ago
62.

Ms_Tell    

This idea has great possibilities, especially if they can find a way to help young, very talented musicians develop not just their talent, but their emotional maturity, as Michael was not allowed to do.

1217 days ago
63.

Cathy    

Sooner or later Caulkin or Feldman will finally admit in public what happened to them since no one wants to believe the other victims perhaps they will believe these two.

Posted at 12:03 PM on Dec 18, 2010 by Lets Be Honest
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I very much doubt this, so don't hold your breath. Both Feldman and Caulkin are in their 30s - grown men. Feldman has already stated publicly that he was molested as a child - just not by Michael Jackson. If they were going to say anything about Michael, they would have done it by now, and they certainly would not have stood up for him on air after his death. Face it - they've denied that Michael did anything to them because he didn't do anything to them. Decades were spent trying to prove Michael's guilt and the truth is that no convincing evidence ever revealed itself. Only hearsay. And that's not proof.

1217 days ago
64.

sylvanya    

Kevin. I'm waiting for your answer. Why are you spending your time writing about him ?

1217 days ago
66.

Cathy    

Open part of the property up as a theme park (as Michael had it). Charge people an admission price. The revenue made from admission, souvenirs, and the sale of food/drinks would bring the city of Los Olivos (as well as Michael's estate) a huge amount of money.
Posted at 12:09 PM on Dec 18, 2010 by Lee
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Will not happen. This is the last thing people in this community want. They'll fight it to the last and it will never come to be. A music institute is an interesting idea and will not bring as much chaos and traffic.

1217 days ago
67.

moni    

In fact, I think the isolation that the property afforded him was his downfall, and the start of his mental and physical deterioration.

Posted at 11:21 AM on Dec 18, 2010 by Cathy

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I agree with you on that; I’ve always sensed the same. On the other hand Michael basically didn’t have a choice than to look for a huge, wide piece of land to find some rest, recreation and freedom/space to move unobserved and un-stalked. If he had stayed at Havenhurst or a similarly “limited” property the close and omnipresent public in front of the gates would have destroyed him not less.

1217 days ago
68.

Richard Ott    

First of all, Michael Jackson's death in 2008 was all too real.
Second of all, there's not 2 roadblocks ahead of the Neverland
Ranch, there are 3 roadblocks. The 3'rd being that Joe Jackson
might want to be one of the teachers in this teens institute,
and we all know his history with The Jackson 5, especially MJ.
There's no way Joe Jackson is going to let this school open
without him being involved. and the Santa Barbra County will
never agree to sign on if by some lucky coincidence, Joe Jackson
decides to express his intrest in the Michael Jackson Institute,
so therefore, this Neverland project should be cancelled, with
all due and very, very, VERY much respect to The King Of Pop.

1217 days ago
69.

sofi    

Colony capital wants to turn Neverland into a small music institute but the Estate said that they "would be open to it" but not that they've agreed to it.Let's say that Neverland does become a small music institute,who is going to pay for desks,chairs,instruments,teachers,the Estate or Colony capital?

1217 days ago
70.

moni    

Most people with money and power in the Santa Ynez Valley, and Santa Barbara would like to see that place bulldozed and turned into a wildlife preserve.

Posted at 8:19 AM on Dec 18, 2010 by Oh no!

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I’m not so sure about that. Didn’t the residents in the surrounding more than once assure that they experienced Michael Jackson as a very acceptable and kind neighbour? As far as I can remember they just got upset at one single point of time, and that was during the trial, when lots of fans (although in best and honorable intent) demonstrated their support in front of the gates and caused a lot of unwelcomed traffic and circus.

And why should just Neverland, quasi as an “island”, be turned into a wildlife preserve? Doesn’t make sense, does it?

1217 days ago
71.

janie7029    

There is a very good reason why MJ could not sleep at night, he did not have the comfort of any little or young boys around in bed.It is not 'normal' or 'right' to have kids sleeping with you at the age this MAN did. After the last molestation charges dropped so did the sleeping with children, odd I think.My guess is his lawyer said to him no more boys sleeping in with you. AND LET ME ASK YOU THIS, IF HE LOVED ALL CHILDREN, WHY WERE BOYS ONLY IN THE 'BED'? THINK!!! YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHY 1) Only Boys 2) He Can not sleep after boys are no longer sleeping with him. 3) His Attorney told him he would be plagued with this if he dared to keep up the behavior. 4) I believe he could not sleep, I do not doubt that but the reason is because he had to alone. AND WHY DID He USE Other Men To Father His Kids?

1217 days ago
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moni    

Let's say that Neverland does become a small music institute,who is going to pay for desks,chairs,instruments,teachers,the Estate or Colony capital?

Posted at 1:03 PM on Dec 18, 2010 by sofi

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Probably the same ones who take profit from the school fee. Even if (hopefully!) some underprivileged but talented kids get a scholarship most pupils will have to pay for the lessons.

I just ask myself whether the estate would be ready to buy Colony's share of Neverland back and whether Colony would agree. Somehow I feel the property should completely return into Michael's heritage. But that's probably not more than wishful thinking.

1217 days ago
73.

Chic    

I think this is a wonderful idea and Michael would approve of it
and also his kids. It's carrying on his legacy.

1217 days ago
74.

Cartman    

If Michael could peer up from Hell he would truly be tortured by this idea. When children became teens they were far too old for him and would certainly be too old for his school.

1217 days ago
75.

moni    

First of all, Michael Jackson's death in 2008 was all too real.

Posted at 12:56 PM on Dec 18, 2010 by Richard Ott

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Michael Jackson's death in 2008 was completely unreal. He died in 2009.

And I can't see at all why Joe Jackson should be involved in a music school at Neverland. Huh?

1217 days ago
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