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.
In May, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled plans for the Obama Presidential Center and park to be built in Chicago’s South Side. Aside from the presidential library, the three-building complex will include an auditorium, restaurant, spaces for exhibition and education/meetings, plus a recording studio. According to the New York Times, the former president said, “I could invite Chance [the Rapper, a Chicago native] or Bruce Springsteen, depending on your tastes, to talk about how you could record music that has social commentary and meaning” and “a studio where I can invite Spike Lee and Steven Spielberg to do workshops on how to make films.”