SHARING AMY'S STUDIO WITH A NEW GENERATION OF MUSICIANS AND PERFORMERS
A central area of focus for the Amy Winehouse Foundation is ‘to support the personal development of disadvantaged young people through music’. One of the ways we do this, is by sharing Amy’s very own studio in London with a new generation of aspiring musicians and performers. Amy’s Yard is a 12-week programme designed to provide vulnerable young artists aged 18-25, with the confidence and skills to become self-sustaining music artists, while developing their transferable life skills, preparing them to seek and attain employment, education and training opportunities
Throughout the holistic programme, participants work one-to-one with a professional producer to nurture their talent, and learn every step of making a recording, including; making the beats, recording vocals and mixing their track. They also attend a series of Master Classes delivered by current industry professionals from companies such as Island Records, Metropolis Music and MTV.
This process proves itself to be transformational. The young people who come to Amy’s Yard are made to feel valued, important and responsible. The skills they attain and the professionals they meet have a profound effect on their confidence and wellbeing. What’s more, the Amy Winehouse Foundation is registered with AQA to deliver the Unit Award Scheme (UAS). All students on the programme who successfully achieve UAS units in Music Business, Artist Development and Transferable Skills will receive corresponding UAS certificates from AQA.
Each participant is referred to us by partner organisations, including The Roundhouse, St Mungo’s, The Prince’s Trust and Raw Sounds who all work with vulnerable young people facing a variety of complex needs such as homelessness, mental health issues, unemployment, substance misuse or a history of offending.
We are so happy to have started our new residency taking place on the second Sunday of each month throughout the Summer at BOHO in Camden.
If you are an organisation working with talented young people and you feel they are ready for this next step then please get in touch: