OZZY OSBOURNE's School Of Hard Rocks

August 23, 2003

IcBirmingham.co.uk reports that the Ozzy Osbourne Academy of Performing Arts could soon help youngsters forge a showbiz career if community leaders in Aston, England have their way.

The former BLACK SABBATH singer, who was born in Lodge Road, Aston, and attended Birchfield Road School, is being invited to be patron of the new facility to encourage youngsters in music, drama, dance and media.

"He's a really good choice because he's from an underprivileged background yet he over-came his problems to be a success," said Doreen Bailey, chairman of South Aston Community Association, which is spearheading the project.

"Some people have said he's not a good role model but he encourages those from deprived areas to know that anything is possible."

During the summer the association has been running a performing arts project which they would like to see developed into an academy based at their HQ in Aston's Upper Sutton Street.

"If Ozzy agrees we'll call it the Ozzy Osbourne Aston Academy of Performing Arts," Doreen said. "The project is helping young people from all over Birmingham."

Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the School of Speech and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire and South Birmingham College have contributed to teaching.

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