Today (31st October), fans will be able to record their own versions of some of Amy Winehouse’s classic tracks, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of her masterpiece 2006 album ‘Back to Black’.
Available through the official Amy Winehouse Vevo channel, each video features a link where fans can download the backing track and create their own version and submit it as part of a talent-finding competition.
Amy’s longtime collaborators and friends Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi produced the songs and are now patrons of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. They will be judging the entries and picking a winner who will have their performance recorded and filmed in a studio and premiered on the official Island Records YouTube channel.
Island Records and Vevo will be donating all funds from the campaign to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Since her tragic passing in 2011, the charity, created in Amy’s name, aims to help vulnerable young people facing a variety of complex issues such as homelessness, drug & alcohol addiction, mental health conditions and unemployment.
Our most recent project is Amy’s Place, a women-only recovery house in East London. Since its opening in August 2016, the house provides a lasting legacy of support for young women aged 18 to 30, recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The project helps them to reintegrate into society with the best possible opportunity of sustaining their recovery. It is one of the few women-only recovery housing projects in the country.
The Amy Winehouse Resilience Programme is a groundbreaking drug & alcohol awareness and prevention programme for secondary schools. Evaluated by academics at Harvard University and delivered in partnership with Addaction, the programme is currently delivered in well over 100 schools across the UK.
Another vital project, Amy’s Yard, helps ‘to support the personal development of disadvantaged young people through music’. Amy’s Yard is a 12-week AQA accredited programme supporting talented young people to develop greater self-awareness and personal development as artists and as individuals, while enhancing their education, training and employment potential within the music industry and beyond.
With the funds raised from this campaign, the work of the Foundation can continue with our important work, and with Amy’s legacy.