Berklee College of Music has announced it will take over Avatar Studios in Manhattan and rename it Power Station at BerkleeNYC, in a nod to the venue’s previous name and history as a former power plant. The school plans to update the 33,000-square-foot space to the tune of $20 million. Power Station will continue to operate to be a commercial recording studio, plus Berklee will add rehearsal space, practice rooms, and classrooms. Berklee students will be able to do internships and get training at the studio. Everyone from David Bowie to Bon Jovi of Local 204-373 (New Brunswick, NJ) to Bruce Springsteen of Locals 399 (Asbury Park, NJ) and 47 (Los Angeles, CA) have recorded at Power Station studios.
Berklee College of Music has announced that AFM members Lucinda Williams of Local 433 (Austin, TX) and Todd Rundgren of Local 802 (New York City) will be honored with honorary doctor of music degrees at this year’s May commencement. The will be recognized for their achievements and influences in music and contributions to American and international culture along with other recipients. Berklee students will salute the honorees by performing music associated with their careers in a commencement eve celebration on May 12.