Two Awards in One Week for Silverlake Conservatory
Local music education nonprofit Silverlake Conservatory of Music, which moved to Los Feliz from its former Sunset Junction location last October, was named “Nonprofit of the Year” by California State Assemblymember Laura Friedman late last month, just days after receiving an architecture award from the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC).
Friedman awarded the music school, co-founded by Michael Balzary, better known as “Flea” of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, on June 28th for making high quality music lessons available to children whose families would otherwise be unable to afford them.
“The Conservatory has opened the door to the arts for countless children,” said Friedman in a written statement. “For 16 years, they’ve fostered a love of music, imagination, and exploration in their students, teachers, and our community.”
Days prior, on June 22nd, LABC recognized the music school for the historic and sustainable renovation of their current building—a former makeup factory built in 1930 and restored for the conservatory by Silver Lake-based Bestor Architecture—at 4652 Hollywood Blvd.
“The renovation included not only major exposure and restoration of the original masonry walls but also upgrades to the building’s core systems to maximize energy efficiency,” according to an LABC statement on the winning projects.
Silverlake Conservatory Executive Director Jennifer Rey said she was grateful for all of the support the school had received, and hoped the awards would reflect back on the community as well as the school.
“It is wonderful to get this attention and recognition,” she said. “We put a lot of hard work into our music programs.”