Silverlake Conservatory of Music

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Silverlake Conservatory of Music is a non-profit educational organization formed in California. It was founded in 2001 by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Michael "Flea" Balzary and Keith "Tree" Barry to foster music education,[1] with Chili Pepper's member Anthony Kiedis also on the board. The facility organizes an annual "Hullabaloo", one of which featured performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder and Charlie Haden, and the Chili Peppers raised $1 million for the Conservatory during an August 24, 2011 performance at Club Nokia.[2]

Flea released his debut solo EP. Helen Burns on July 19, 2012 through Silverlake's website (it will be available everywhere else for download on August 9, 2012). The EP is available for download at the website through a name your own price policy where buyers can pay anything they want for the EP from $0–$500. All money from sales of the EP go to Silverlake. The EP also features an appearance by co-founder Keith Barry, Patti Smith, Jack Irons, Chad Smith and the Silverlake kids and adults choir directed by S.J. Hasman.[3]

A benefit will be held in October 2013 which will be hosted by Flea and Kiedis and will feature performances by the Chili Peppers along with Neil Young. A silent auction will also be held and will feature donations from Marc Jacobs, Tony Hawk, Pearl Jam, Gucci and others. The event costs $2,000 per guest, and a 10-seat table is $25,000.[4]

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