Amy Winehouse Foundation steps in

Following its generous support at Christmas to keep our weekend music and singing classes going, the Amy Winehouse Foundation has chosen four Wac Arts students to be part of the Amy’s Yard artist development programme.

One Senior and three Diploma Wac Arts students will be based at Amy’s own studio for an eight week long opportunity of a lifetime! Our students will be based in the professional studio where Amy recorded her albums. They will work with her songwriters, producers and engineers. Their talent will be nurtured whilst they increase their skills, confidence and self esteem.

Amy’s studio was a very personal space and contained some special pieces of equipment for her unique musical style. Many of her friends used the studio including Tyler, Dionne and Zalon who would also rehearse and record there. A unique and cherished place to anyone with a connection to Amy and her music, and to those based in Camden, her home town.

The Amy’s Yard programme was set up to reach out to the ‘countless young people with immense talent who were simply held back by not being able to access studio time due to the costs and lack of provision’. It was decided to share the studio that Amy herself built up so that disadvantaged young people could benefit.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation was created by Amy’s family in her memory, on what would have been her 28th birthday. As Amy cared passionately about young people and understood the problems faced by many, it aims to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.

Amy’s first break was singing jazz with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and from there she went on to success around the world. With our long history of jazz based music tuition, everyone at Wac Arts is delighted to have this support from the Amy Winehouse foundation. And for our students to also be chosen as part of Amy’s Yard is a dream come true!