Keeping Music Alive – Amy Winehouse Foundation And WAC

A cheque for £17,000 has secured the future of the Weekend Arts College.

WAC, based in the old Hampstead Town Hall, has for 35 years provided world-class tuition in the performing arts for young people – often completely free of charge.

After funding cuts for arts courses, it has been struggling to keep afloat – and in November it feared it would have to close its weekend music tuition courses if it did not find £17,000 by Christmas.

The foundation’s Rowan Carnihan said much of the money had come from September celebrations to mark what would have been Amy’s 30th birthday. Events in Camden raised more than £30,000 – and Ms Carnihan said WAC was the ideal recipient.

It specialises in jazz as a basis of music tuition. Jazz gave Amy her break, as she sang for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Carnihan said: “Hearing what WAC is all about makes this very fitting.
“We have done lots of fundraising for  Amy’s 30th birthday in Camden and we have had so much support from the people of Camden that we wanted to do something in the borough – and this was an obvious choice.”

WAC chief executive Celia Greenwood revealed the donation would secure teaching every weekend for around 600 young people.

She said: “It is an amazing turn of events. We must not forget that the arts deliver a large range of transformable skills. They deliver success in education, and in life.”

WAC student 14-year-old Namali Kwaten, who is studying music production, has been one of the masterminds behind the fundraising push. He said: “WAC is such a good environment to learn in and the teaching is excellent – it helps so many young people realise their potential.”

Originally written by Dan Carrier for The Camden New Journal

About the Amy Winehouse Foundation

In Amy’s memory, we work to inspire children and young people to build their self-esteem and resilience, so that they can flourish.

Our work is inspired by Amy’s spirit, her love of children and the challenges that she faced in her own life.

Today, the Amy Winehouse Foundation helps thousands of young people to feel supported and informed so that they are better able to manage their emotional wellbeing and make informed choices around things that can affect their lives.

We’re able to do this because of the support we receive from people like you. Anyone who believes in young people can become a part of our work and Amy’s legacy. By supporting our work, you will help them to transform their lives, flourish and be heard.

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