Tony Bennett’s School, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA) is now located in a brand new $78 million facility which just opened in Queens, New York. Find out more about the new school here founded by one music legend and named in honor of another.
Along with his wife, the educator Susan Benedetto, Tony Bennett (picture above) started a foundation to foster music education in public schools, called Exploring the Arts (ETA.) As USA Today reports the foundation’s mission is to “teach young artists to embrace true craft over the cult of fame that pervades our culture.” Quoting the legendary singer, known for the iconic song I Left My Heart in San Francisco:
“We’re the opposite of instant fame. We want to teach the students quality and to do things that will last forever.”
It was through this foundation that funds were raised which eventually led to the establishment in 2001 of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, also known by its acronym, FSSA. It is part of the New York City public school system, and admits students via audition. Prior to moving to the new building in 2009, the school had operated in within other schools rather than its own separate facility.
As seen in the video report below, FSSA now has its own building in Bennett’s home town of Astoria, Queens. The school is named after Frank Sinatra who who helped launch his career with a ringing endorsement in Life magazine: “For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business.” The singer shared his reflects on Sinatra, and his cultural and personal influence, in a recent article in Vanity Fair which can be seen here.
That’s the latest news on Tony Bennett’s school, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, in a new building of its own after eight years.
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