A central area of focus for the Amy Winehouse Foundation is ‘to support the personal development of disadvantaged young people through music’. To help do this, we share Amy’s very own studio 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. Participants come to us via the partner organisations we work with, and they are dealing with a variety of issues such as homelessness, mental health, unemployment or substance misuse.
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 now a Registered AQA Centre. This means that all participants will attain AQA Accredited Certification on completion of the programme in the areas of; Music Business, Artist Development and Transferable Skills.
Every young person engaged in our studio is referred by partner organisations including The Roundhouse, Key Changes, New Horizon and Pilion Trust, who all work with vulnerable young people facing a variety of complex needs such as homelessness, mental health issues, unemployment or a history of offending. 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: