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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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91.

Scott    

Finalllllllly my son got me the MICHAEL CD as a belated birthday gift and no u cannot have it unwell.

1351 days ago
92.

kate1    

Posted at 2:58 PM on Dec 18, 2010 by Smelly Ass MiMi

You're Probably what you are accusing someone unjustly, and in a Manner so cruel and irresponsible. - By Sigmund Freud .-
You're a worm, should not exist.

1351 days ago
93.

nan    

dont they have a private school across the street from neverland?so if they wanted to open a school at neverland , it is probably zoned correctly or what ever.
i guess i am wondering why they rehabbed this place making like when mj was there without a definite plan in place

1351 days ago
94.

Lee lee    

@ scott

I hope you enjoy. I'm playing "Monster" over and over .

1351 days ago
95.

MiMi    

Hi nan

From what I have read, Colony started revamping the place not long after they acquired the loan.

Roger Friedman had written that he heard Colony Capitol had all intentions of selling Neverland to some Mid Eastern businessmen before Michael died.

Of course there is no way to know whether this was true.

1351 days ago
96.

Scott    

As soon as I saw your comment guess what song came up Lee Lee :)

Sorry for the above long post could not help myself.....

1351 days ago
98.

Scott    

Hmmm ty Tellit something else to add to the cart :)

1351 days ago
99.

Tellit    

Get this free!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEplqV0scyo&feature=related

yw P
& Thank U for all your MANY contributions during the past year+
Happy Holidays
Peace

1351 days ago
100.

Scott    

Hey tellit my contributions pale in comparison to yours as of late.

Wishing you and yours the best during the holiday season.

Thanks for the link above :)

1351 days ago
101.

Phantom of the Opera    

Thank you.
Happy holidays to you and you loved ones.

1351 days ago
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~ for all time    

It is a great idea. If other well known artists back up the idea it could be a nice school. Just like the way California has it's famous schools like Caltech and UCLA they can have an one of a kind art school too, but artistry should come first and then the profit. MJ was much more than a musician, he could dance, write poetry and draw, truly one of the American masters.

1351 days ago
104.

MiMi    


Fake MiMi

Prey tell exactly what is your problem?

Everyone is being cordial to one another. It's Christmas. Why can't you at least give it a break for the Holidays?

1351 days ago
105.

Lee lee    

Good Point MiMi,

Why can't we try and be nice on these boards for the festive season ??

Give it up you guys .........please : )

1351 days ago
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