Seven-time Grammy award winner Prince has bestowed a $1 million line of credit to the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) and made a special gift to the Uptown Dance Academy in Harlem. The press conference was held at Madison Square Garden at the conclusion of the first leg of Prince’s phenomenally successful “Welcome 2 America” tour, one of the highest grossing recent tours in the country.
Robin Williams, Executive Artistic Director of the Uptown Dance Academy accepted a $250,000 line of credit from the musical icon. The Harlem based dance company that performs the Harlem Nutcracker each Christmas can tap into the funds for the resources it needs to grow and develop its programs. The line of credit was issued so that Prince can remain informed of the organization’s needs.
“A function of our love for the next generation is instilling in them our own hard-fought knowledge,” said Prince. “We can’t wait and see—or only hope for—the future of those coming after us. We must actively take responsibility for ensuring their success.”
At the press conference 30 students of the Harlem Children’s Zone—chosen for their musical aspirations—stood on the stage of the world’s most famous arena then had a once in a lifetime chance to met the with the legendary musical genius.
“We are honored that Prince is teaching our kids how to dream big and to work hard to make those dreams a reality,” said Canada. “His efforts should inspire others to recognize that these kids belong to all of us, and that we all need to step forward to help them succeed.”
Photo of Prince used with permission: NPG Records 2011
UDA photo by: Eric Bandiero