The mission of The Amy Winehouse Foundation, Inc. is supporting and empowering children and young adults in need through music therapy and education. The foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people as well as to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and to help them reach their full potential.
The Foundation works to accomplish this mission by:
• Supporting music therapy and educational programs in universities, hospitals, schools, after school programs and other institutions and agencies who provide assistance specifically meeting the unmet needs in the psychological, mental and emotional well- being of children from disadvantaged families.
• Offering scholarship grants to deserving students from disadvantaged families for educational opportunities.
• Identifying specific programs that work to provide prevention programs and tools including rehabilitation for young people with addictive behaviors.
Historically, the Amy Winehouse Foundation, Inc. has supported the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music where it has given scholarships and the New Orleans Youth Orchestra with grants and scholarships to help kids fulfill their dreams and aspirations. Its strategic work is revolutionizing drug and alcohol education
in schools, improving the life chances of vulnerable young people and ensuring those from all backgrounds and abilities the opportunities to get the very best from life.
Initially, a grant giving organization, the Amy Winehouse Foundation now works in partnership with a variety of other charities and institutions to work with young people. The work is funded using raised income from trusts, private companies and individuals.
The Foundation has a brand new project which is currently working with the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and its own Foundation helping the disadvantaged kids of Palm Beach County through a grant giving scheme named (by the students) as Amy’s Light. Funds for this project were initially raised at an intimate dinner hosted by Neiman Marcus of Boca Raton in their restaurant, where a jazz band from the school played and Mitch Winehouse sang along with one of the Dreyfoos students. The finale was a duet that brought the house down
The Amy Winehouse Project is an Intensive Outpatient Program and therapeutic day care situated in Delray Beach opening at the end of September enabling people to recover from their addictions and will be working alongside the Foundation to utilize trained and accredited volunteers to use their own experiences of substance misuse and recovery to educate students, parents and teachers about the real reasons why young people may misuse substances and what can be done to prevent it.
Florida holds special memories for the Winehouse family. In 1974 Janis (Amy’s mum) who was born in Brooklyn, NY travelled to Miami and started working in a Pharmacy before moving onto the Baptist Hospital of South Miami. Amy and Janis spent time in Boca Raton with their family who are still residents of Palm Beach County. It could be said that one of Amy’s first impromptu gigs was held on the beach at Hillsboro with her cousins during an early summer vacation, where Amy sang and her cousin accompanied her on his guitar
Why We Need You
The Amy Winehouse Foundation, Inc. helps young people to realize their full potential. If we are to continue to do that, we need your help.
We would like to discuss ways in which you can become involved in helping us reach our ultimate goal – a better, fulfilling life for disadvantaged young people.