Family Of SHINee's Jonghyun Establishes Foundation To Help Youths In Performing Arts

The family of SHINee’s Jonghyun has established a foundation to help youths in the performing arts.

Esquire Korea shared an interview they had with Lee Eun Kyung, Jonghyun’s mother and the director of the foundation, on their Instagram account. The interview reads as follows:

“‘In my pained eyes, I can see so many youths who are in so much pain right now.’ Director Lee Eun Kyung of the Shiny Foundation carefully began to speak. Director Lee Eun Kyung is the mother of Jonghyun, who left the world on December 18, 2017.

“The family of Jonghyun, who shined so brightly, has banded together to create a small foundation. On September 6, a simple opening ceremony was held in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul for the opening of the new Shiny Foundation The foundation was created by a mother who lost her son, who she believed would keep moving forward towards the light to be true to his group name SHINee, in the hopes that she could reach a hand out to young cultural artists walking down the same path as her son.

“They plan to help young cultural artists who are struggling because they do not have an agency to support them. They also plan to work with performing arts high schools to create more scholarship opportunities. Most of all, their main goal is to establish a psychological consultation center that will give young cultural artists a place to heal their souls of the various scars they receive from being public figures. They also plan to hold an arts festival every December to remember and celebrate Jonghyun.

“Director Lee Eun Kyung said, ‘Till now, it still hurts when I go somewhere and I hear music playing that has my son’s voice in it. But even though my son has gone, there are people who love and enjoy his music, and for that I am always grateful.’ Though Jonghyun has left this earth, Jonghyun’s music remains. The Shiny Foundation will run based on the royalties collected from Jonghyun’s music. We still remember SHINee’s Jonghyun, who still shines so bright.”

The Shiny Foundation’s Korean name “빛이나” is inspired by Jonghyun’s “Shinin’,” the title track of his posthumous album “Poet | Artist.” The song was composed, written, and arranged by Jonghyun himself, and when it was released, SM Entertainment shared the message, “We hope that everyone will feel Jonghyun’s heart through this song, he was someone who loved music more than anyone and tried to connect with others through music.”

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