The Amy Winehouse Foundation has awarded $25,000 to the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music to finance scholarships for teenage jazz musicians. The parents of Amy Winehouse, Janis and Mitch Winehouse, attended a short ceremony at the nonprofit conservatory in Park Slope on Wednesday morning to hand over a giant facsimile of a check to Karen Geer, the executive director.
The money will go to defray the expenses of needy children accepted into the academy’s Teen Jazz Program, said Arlene Kriv, a spokeswoman for the conservatory. About half of the 43 students who study jazz in the Saturday program receive scholarships. (The full tuition is $2,500 for seven and a half months.)
The foundation was set up in Ms. Winehouse’s name by her family after she died of alcohol poisoning at her London apartment in July 2011, cutting short a brilliant career as a singer and songwriter. Its mission is to support music education programs for impoverished children and to finance drug-rehabilitation centers for addicts. Ms. Winehouse, whose retro-soul singing style and rough-edge lyrics attracted critical acclaim and earned her several Grammy Awards, had struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction for years before she died at the age of 27.
(From the New York Times)