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Amy’s Yard: A young persons perspective

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Amy’s Yard; supporting young people to become self sustaining music artists.

A young persons perspective…

Amy’s Yard aims to develop the skills of talented young people who have a keen interest in music but don’t have many opportunities due to varied disadvantages.

Having taken part in the programme myself I can happily say that it has and continues to be a huge help to young people. It has given me the necessary knowledge to develop as a musician whilst also helping me to grow as a person through an incredibly enjoyable and life changing experience.

When first starting out on the course I was filled with excitement and although this was masked by my nervousness and fear of not fitting in, it soon subsided as the atmosphere amongst the group was extremely relaxed and I was quickly able to be myself and engage with other members of the group who also had their own worries. This certainly helped build my confidence and my ability to get involved in the interesting discussions and activities offered.

Attending the individual studio sessions gave us the chance to create music in a safe comfortable environment and for me it was a great way to develop my songwriting and improve on my vocals with the help of constructive feedback.

The master classes were also extremely beneficial as each one was led by experienced professionals who gave us information on aspects of the music industry giving us a deeper insight and with some sessions focusing on performance, which supported us to improve our work.

A session that I found particularly helpful was vocal coaching with Klara Kjellen. On this day we each chose a song to rehearse in order to look at vocal techniques and improve on our voices with feedback from the whole group. At first I found the idea daunting but with the support of others I continued to take part and felt a great sense of achievement afterwards.

Overall the experience has been wonderful and has enabled each of us to achieve many significant things such as performing for the first time and overcoming social and personal difficulties.

Looking back from the start of the course to now I feel as though I have come extremely far and feel very proud of what I have achieved, as do the other members of the group. This would have not been possible without the foundation and the positive impact that it has had on our lives is clear!

I will definitely continue to use the skills I have learned and I will remain grateful for the day that I was accepted onto the course.

Shakira Alleyne

Thank you Fundraisers!

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September 12th-14th marked AWF’s 3rd birthday, and what would have been Amy’s 31st. We asked our amazing supporters to mark this special occasion by fundraising for AWF, and have been overwhelmed by the efforts and support we have received from some of our fundraisers. We would like to thank the following fundraisers for their huge efforts, we couldn’t do it without you.

Laura Butler held a gig at The Boot Inn, Sutton Coldfield on 13th September which raised over £900. We are so grateful for Laura’s support as she has organised many gigs to raise funds for us over the last few years.

Alexandre Ferreira organised an exhibition in Brazil which took place in Natal on 2nd- 6th September, and in Fortaleza on 15th-19th . The exhibition featured artwork from many artists who have continuously supported such as Henry Hate, Horace Panter and Pegasus.

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Marc Blackburn held his annual all day music event on 13th September in September, which has raised over £2000 over the last 3 years. Plans are already in motion for next years event!

Adam Richardson ran the BUPA Great north Run on 7th September in 1hour 36 minutes (his personal best!) and raised over £500 for the Resilience Programme.

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Thanks again to all our fundraisers. If you would like to raise funds for AWF and help us continue our work to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people, then please email us at fundraising@amywinehousefoundation.org for more information.

Resilience Programme Launch in Liverpool

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The Amy Winehouse Resilience Programme is launching in Secondary Schools in Liverpool.

The launch will be on 25th September 2014, 3pm to 6:30pm at Young Addaction, Merseyside Youth Association, 65-67 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DY.

Come along to hear more about the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme, funded by BIG Lottery and to meet our team or workers and volunteers.
For any further details please contact resilience@amywinehousefoundation.org.

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Unveiling Of Amy’s Statue In Camden

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As many of you will know there have been plans for a statue of Amy to be placed in Camden for some time now.

We are pleased to announce that a beautiful life size bronze of Amy will be placed in the Stables Market in Camden on Amy’s birthday, and our third birthday, September 14th 2014.

Although the statue was originally planned for the terrace of the Roundhouse, due to Amy’s and the Foundations affinity with the iconic music venue, after careful consideration it was decided it would be placed somewhere that fans could gain year round access, and so the new location was chosen.

The specially-commissioned statue, designed and sculpted by Scott Eaton and cast in bronze will be unveiled by Amys family and friends, and will offer them and Amy’s many fans a permanent memorial in the heart of Amy’s spiritual home of Camden.

The statue is funded by the Winehouse family and Camdenmarket.com, the parent company for the Stables Market in Camden Town.

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Organise Your Fundraising Event For #AWFis3

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We will soon be approaching the 14th September which would have been Amys 31st birthday and will also be the Amy Winehouse Foundation’s 3rd birthday. After the success of last year’s #Amys30 events and the overwhelming support we received from fans & supporters all over the world, we thought it would be nice to mark this very special occasion again this year.

We would love you to organise a fundraising event over the weekend of 12th-14th September to mark the occasion to raise money for AWF’s valuable work. Your support helps us to continue our work to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people and help the most vulnerable to reach their full potential.

You could hold a gig, a bake sale, a sporting event or anything else you can think of that will help raise funds… and have a lot of fun at the same time!

Please post photos of your event using the hashtag #AWFis3 on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and at the end of September we will send an Amy Winehouse Foundation goody bag to the person or group with the best photo!

If you need any advice on organising your fundraising event or setting up your Just Giving page then please email us at fundraising@amywinehousefoundation.org.

Thankyou for all your continued support, we couldn’t do it without you!

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When I Walk In Your Shoes

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‘When I Walk in Your Shoes¹ is an exhibition curated by Amy Winehouse¹s tattoo artist and friend, Henry Hate. A visual artist in his own right, Henry has called upon an array of the most exciting current artists to contribute towards this celebration of Amy. The artwork will reflect the uniqueness of Amy in a colourful array, over a 2000 square foot space.
The show is named after the first verse of Amy Winehouse’s song ‘Help Yourself’. The art catalogue will feature quotes of walking in someone else¹s shoes from the exhibiting artists.
All contributing artists can submit up to 3 pieces;
  • An Amy inspired piece based on her music, and or likeness, and the influence she had on music
  • A plinth or wall display piece incorporating Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers
  • A piece of original art of the artists choice which compliments the exhibition and its theme
All proceeds raised from the sale of Amy inspired and Converse pieces will go to the Foundation.
The exhibition will run from 26th September- 1st October and will take place at the Westbank Gallery, 133-137 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London W11 2RS.

 

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STRIDE Foundation Race Day Fundraiser

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This Friday 1st August 2014, model and actor Paul Sculfor will host the inaugural launch event for his charitable initiative, STRIDE, in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

STRIDE’s goal is to raise awareness and provide direct resources to those who may not have access or support to continue with their recovery and re-integration into society. The definition of the word stride is: “walk with long, decisive steps in a specified direction.” – STRIDE aims to facilitate this journey by supporting and contributing to local charity initiatives and improving public perception surrounding addiction.

To mark the occasion Paul, an avid petrol head, has chosen a track day, where he will be joined by friends from the fashion and entertainment industry.

The launch event will be a fun day for all involved whilst fundraising for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a cause close to Paul’s heart. Throughout  his professional life, Paul noticed a high rate in addiction problems and after his personal experience with recovery; he is passionate about helping others. Recognising and understanding the difficulties in integrating and continuing to function within society during recovery has inspired Paul to set up STRIDE.

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Mayor Joins Mitch Winehouse To Launch Camden Music Works

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We are proud to announce an exciting new project ‘Camden Music Works’ which we have just launched in partnership with Camden Council, Westminster Kingsway College and Camden into Enterprise.

This new pilot programme will see 10 young people aged 18-24 from the borough of Camden embark on the innovative 6-week long scheme. Targeted towards young people who are not in full-time employment, education or training, the programme is designed to provide individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to go on and gain a successful career within the music world.

Training will be delivered by business experts and specialist teachers at The Camden Into Enterprise Hub at Westminster Kingsway College, with special guest speakers from across the music industry also attending to pass on their professional advice.

Training will cover important aspects such as how the industry is structured to the best ways of securing a job through CV and interview workshops.

Whilst on a work experience placement, young people will also keep a record of their experiences by recording outcomes, building an action-plan and identifying possible personal and professional areas for development. Work placement partners include; Camden Lock Market Ltd, Tower 47, MTV, Island Records and Black Butter Records.

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The programme worked closely with The Prince’s Trust, Job Centre Plus and a range of other youth organisations to identify eligible young people who would benefit from the programme.

The Mayor of Camden, Councillor Jonathan Simpson, said: “Camden houses some of the capital’s most legendary music venues and is a vibrant centre for the creative industries. It is therefore appropriate that we should take the lead in developing an innovative and potentially life changing opportunity for the talented young people of this borough.

“There are many young people who have a passion for music, but underestimate their potential and presume that the avenues into the industry are weighted against them.

“This programme seeks to readdress this by offering a programme to strengthen their employability prospects and connect employers with talented young people.

“It is our firm belief that the industry will benefit from involvement in the programme by offering new avenues of recruitment.”

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Mitch Winehouse added: “We were really keen to get involved in the Camden Works Music Experience pilot because we know from our work in the borough, and indeed other parts of the capital, that there are a great deal of young people keen to get into the industry but facing significant barriers to opportunities simply because of their circumstances.

“These young people have a great deal of creativity and enthusiasm to offer, and in partnership with some of our friends and contacts in the industry we hope to increase their chances of beginning a career in an industry they are passionate about.”