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Make the Amy Winehouse Foundation Your Favourite eBay Charity

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation has launched a brief appeal to get fans of Amy to make us their favourite charity on eBay.

The way to do this for eBay users is simple – simply click this link and eBay, alongside charity partners MissionFish, will do the rest:

http://donations.ebay.co.uk/charity/charity.jsp?NP_ID=51211&categoryId=11700

This way, you – and everyone who looks at the things you are selling – will see the Foundation as your chosen charity each time they buy and sell.

And don’t forget that you can donate to us via eBay as well.

 

 

Video: Amy Winehouse Foundation Visits New Horizon and Pilion Crashpad Shelter

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One of the areas the Amy Winehouse Foundation focuses on concerns homeless and financially disadvantaged young people.

Two of the charities that we will be funding under this remit are the New Horizon Youth Centre and the Pilion Trust Crashpad Shelter, both based in North London.

The Foundation visited the centres recently, where we got to spend time with the beneficiaries of these fantastic places, as well as meeting Jon Snow, anchor for Channel 4 News and chair of New Horizon, and Savvas Panas, who’s amazing work keeps the Crashpad Centre open during the cold nights of the British winter.

Here is the video from his visit.

AWF Donates £30,000 To Rehab Charity Focus 12

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation, represented by Mitch and Jane Winehouse, has donated £30,000 to a rehabilitation charity in Suffolk.

Focus 12, which helps people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, received a cheque from the Foundation on February 24, with the donation being used to sponsor a full-time place for youngsters battling their addiction.

Focus12 Chief Executive Chip Somers said: “We are tremendously grateful for this donation, which will help us to make a real difference to the lives of young people in crisis.”

Mitch and Jane also took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which took place to officially launch Focus 12’s new therapy centre The Annexe, which will offer counselling to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.

Amy Winehouse Foundation Joins Sylvia Young Theatre School To Offer Full Scholarship

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation is offering one full scholarship for the Sylvia Young Theatre School – one of the UK’s best known theatre schools – to commence from September 2012 until the successful applicant reaches official school-leaving age.

As is well known, Amy was a student at the London-based school in the mid-1990s, and it was her connection with the school that started her off on the road to success.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation has been set up in part to help those who are financially disadvantaged. This scholarship would therefore enable such a person the chance to join this prestigious school.

Applicants will be grouped according to age, with auditions being split into three vocational subjects as part of a Workshop Session. These subjects are Drama, Singing and Dance.

Applicants will need to complete an online registration form, with a registered payment of £5 per applicant – to cover administration costs for the school – required during the registration process.

The first round of auditions will take place on Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22, with a Recall audition, should the applicant be selected to attend, occurring on Sunday April 29.

A Final audition, for those lucky few to get this far, will be held on Wednesday May 2.

Auditions are being held for the following year groups, and the applicants must be born within these dates:

Year 7 in September 2012, 01/09/2000 – 31/08/2001

Year 8 in September 2012, 01/09/1999 – 31/08/2000

The closing date for applications is Thursday April 12. The scholarship awards do not cover the following: boarding fees and travel fares. These must be met by the parent/guardian, although external exams and a uniform allowance will be provided by the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

As part of the ‘Means testing’ process, applicants will need to submit a letter explaining their financial status, and why this would be an opportunity that they would otherwise not be able to afford. This will take place during the audition process, with applicants also required to take a full academic test.

Registration can be completed here: www.regonline.co.uk/amywinehousescholarship

“Body And Soul” Wins Grammy, Mitch And Janis Accept Award On Amy’s Behalf

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“Body and Soul”, Amy’s duet with legendary crooner Tony Bennett, picked up a Grammy award for best pop performance by a duo for duet in Los Angeles over the weekend.

Mitch and Janis were present, and took to the stage to accept the award after being called up by Bennett.

Mitch said: “We shouldn’t be here. Our darling daughter should be here. These are the cards that we’re dealt.”

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Referring to the tragic death of Whitney Houston earlier in the day, Mitch added: “Long live Whitney Houston, long live Amy Winehouse, Long live Etta James. There’s a beautiful girl band up in heaven.”

This was Amy’s sixth Grammy Award; “Back to Black” claimed five at the 2008 ceremony.

Amy Winehouse Foundation Announces Benefit Concert

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation has announced that a benefit concert is to take place in 2012.

As of yet no acts have been confirmed.

Mitch Winehouse said: “The Amy Winehouse Foundation is very excited to be planning a benefit concert in tribute to Amy later this year.

“Thanks to everyone for their interest and for sharing our enthusiasm for the idea.

“We should make it clear that no artists have yet been approached to take part.

“We will be talking to a variety of people in the coming months and will announce those performing as soon as we can.”

Lioness: Hidden Treasures Announcement

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Today it’s been announced that on the 5th December, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures“, the third album from Amy Winehouse, without question one of the most talented, original, and best loved artists to emerge in popular music for decades, will be released through Island Records.

Following her tragic passing in July, some of the producers and musicians who worked closely with Amy Winehouse, among them Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi,  spent time listening over the many recordings that Amy had made, before, during, and after the release of “Frank” and “Back To Black”.  It was said by all who worked with Amy that she never sang or played a song the same way twice. It quickly became apparent to Salaam and Mark that they had a collection of songs that deserved to be heard, a collection of songs that were a fitting testament to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy their friend.

The 12 song collection features previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of existing classics as well as a couple of brand new Amy compositions, and has been compiled by long-time musical partners Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson in close association with Amy’s family, management and record label Island Records. “Lioness : Hidden Treasures” proves a fitting tribute to the artist, the talent and the woman and serves as a reminder of Amy’s extraordinary powers as a songwriter, a singer and an interpreter of classics.

The full track-listing is as follows:

“Our Day Will Come (Reggae Version)” – reggae re-working of classic 60’s Doo-Wop song produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded May 2002.

“Between The Cheats” – new Amy composition recorded in London in May 2008 for potential inclusion on album three produced by Salaam Remi.

“Tears Dry” – originally written by Amy as a ballad, this is the original version she recorded in November 2005 in Miami with Salaam. The later uptempo version  appears on “Back To Black”.

“Wake Up Alone” – the first song recorded for the “Back To Black” sessions. This is the one-take demo recorded in March 2006 by Paul O’Duffy.

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” – Amy’s beautiful reading of the Carole King written Shirelles classic. Produced by Mark Ronson and featuring the Dap Kings with string arrangements by Chris Elliott who did all the strings for Mark’s tracks on “Back To Black”. Recorded in September 2004.

“Valerie” – one of Amy’s jukebox favourites. This is the original slower tempo version of the Mark Ronson produced post “Back To Black” single. Recorded in December 2006.

 “Like Smoke” featuring NAS  – Amy and Nas became really good friends after Amy name checked the New York rapper on “Back To Black’s” “Me & Mr Jones”.  “Like Smoke” is finally Amy doing a song with one of her favourite artists. Produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded in May 2008.

“The Girl From Ipanema” – the first song the 18 year old Amy sang when she first went to Miami to record with Salaam. Salaam remarked that “the way she re-interpreted this bossa nova classic made me realise that I was dealing with a very special talent. Her approach to the song was so young and fresh, it really inspired the rest of our sessions.” Recorded in May 2002.

Halftime” Amy had talked to Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson of the Roots about working together. “Halftime” is a song that Amy and Salaam had worked on since the Frank sessions.  The result is beautiful. Recorded in August 2002.

Best Friends” – “Frank” era live set opener produced by Salaam Remi. Probably the first song that early Amy fans would have heard live. Recorded in February 2003.

 “Body & Soul” with Tony Bennett – cover of 30’s jazz standard with hero Tony Bennett. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios London in March 2011 and produced by Phil Ramone. Amy’s final studio recording.

“A Song For You” – heartbreaking and emotional version of the Leon Russell classic made famous by Donny Hathaway. Hathaway was Amy’s all-time favourite artist and the song was recorded in one take, just Amy and her guitar, at her home in London during the spring of 2009 as she battled her demons. Produced by Salaam Remi.

Speaking about the album Amy’s father Mitch had this to say:

“I spent so much time chasing after Amy, telling her off that I never realized what a true genius she was. It wasn’t until I sat down with the rest of the family and listened to this album that I fully appreciated the breadth of Amy’s talent, from jazz standards to hip hop songs, it really took my breath away. “Halftime”, I’d never heard before, is just incredibly beautiful. If the family had felt that this album wasn’t up to the standard of “Frank” and “Back To Black” we would never have agreed to release it and we believe it will stand as a fitting tribute to Amy ‘s musical legacy.”-

Mitch Winehouse