On September 14 of last year, what would’ve been Amy Winehouse’s 28th birthday, her family launched the Amy Winehouse Foundation in her memory. With Winehouse’s tragic passing by alcohol poisoning less than a year ago, the need for such an institution that aids young people in need is palpable. “The Amy Winehouse Foundation has been set up in Amy’s memory to support charitable activities in both the UK and abroad that provide help, support or care for young people, especially those who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, ﬁnancial disadvantage or addiction,” states Amy’s dad, Mitch Winehouse.
Just a few months after its establishment, The Amy Winehouse Foundation has announced the funding of a full music scholarship to one of the UK’s most revered theater schools: The Sylvia Young Theatre School. Winehouse got her start at Sylvia Young at the age of 13, wowing everyone when she auditioned with “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” Her album, “Back to Black,” currently stands as the UK’s second-best selling album of the 21st century.
The scholarship is geared toward those with aforementioned financial woe, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend the esteemed school. The end-date for applicants is April 12, and the first round of auditions will take place on April 21-22. For more information, visit the Amy Winehouse Foundation website.