Will.i.am stressed the importance of nurturing creativity from young people from inner cities today, as he donated £500,000 to the Prince's Trust. He said there was a large resource of musical creativity around London that should be channelled to build work skills.
"I grew up in east Los Angeles, one of the most under-served and tough neighbourhoods in America. My family made sure I understood that getting a good education and hard work were key to turning my dreams into reality and beating the odds that come with growing up in a disadvantaged situation."
"The Prince's Trust has a 36-year history of assisting disadvantaged youth, so I am pleased to be collaborating with an organisation that shares my mission to transform the lives of young people who need extra support and structure in their lives."