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The Amy Winehouse Foundation launches Camden Music Works

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Pictured above, “Amy Winehouse” by Horace Panter

 

The Amy Winehouse Foundation has recently launched a new and innovative project, targeted towards young people from the Borough of Camden that aspire to work in the music industry. The Foundation strives to help young people in need, already giving support to many young people through various schemes and programmes.

Camden Music Works – supported by the Amy Winehouse Foundation - sees 10 young people aged 18-24 who are not in full-time employment, education or training, embark on a 6-week long scheme designed to provide individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to gain a successful career in the music world.

The scheme has partnered with iconic labels and companies such as Camden Lock Market Ltd, Tower 47, MTV, Island Records and Black Butter Records - home of Fred Perry Sub-Culture alumni Clean Bandit, Gorgon City, Bi-Polar Sunshine and Joel Compass.

With this project, The Amy Winehouse Foundation hopes to open barriers for individuals by gaining the right experience to increase their chances of beginning a career in an industry they are passionate about.

Camden is an area of London that has strong links with the music. Going back to the mid-60’s,  a disused railway yard was turned into a counter-culture landmark - the infamous Camden Roundhouse – still very much a relevant music venue today.

Over the course of a decade, the Roundhouse became a significant venue for UK underground music events, as well as staging some of the most experimental, controversial and memorable performances of the 60’s. Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Clash, and the Sex Pistols are just some of the acts who performed there.

The following decade saw a number of new venues spring up, including several that continue to this day. “Dingwells” (1973), “The Music Machine” (aka Camden Palace) (1977) and the “Electric Ballroom” (1978).

Meanwhile, pubs like “The Falcon”, “Dublin Castle”, “Monarch” and “The Hawley Arms” also began putting on gigs. Amy Winehouse herself was a regular at both the Monarch and the Hawley Arms, where she often performed or played DJ sets. These venues and their openness to music continued to cultivate and diversify the Camden underground music scene.

New audiences were flocking to Camden with the likes of “The Underworld” - a predominantly punk, metal and hard-rock venue and the “Jazz Café” (1990), which was one of Amy’s favourite venues to perform in. Her love for Jazz and Soul were prominent in her music, influenced by Dinah Washington and Thelonious Monk.

In the 70s and 80s, Camden Lock Market was a mecca for subcultural clothing. From Punk to New Romantics, Mod to Skinhead, Camden immediately stood out from other London markets for its eclectic personality that ran counter to mainstream fashion. The stalls have expanded and diversified with time and still provide some of the most individual clothing Britain has to offer.

Camden’s deep music and counter culture heritage make it a natural fit to cement Amy’s legacy and nurture a new generation of musicians. Especially, as the area was so close to Amy’s heart.

Thanks to Horace Panter – www.horacepanterart.com

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Amy Winehouse: 'For You I Was A Flame'

London’s Proud Galleries opened their doors last night for the launch of new exhibition Amy Winehouse: ‘For You I Was A Flame’. Curated as part of a series of events commemorating the late artist’s 30th Birthday, the exhibition includes a handpicked selection of portraits. Contributors include painter and Specials bassist Horace Panter and photographer Dean Chalkley.

Amy Winehouse by Dean Chalkley for NME

© Dean Chalkley / NME / IPC Media

Based in Amy’s home borough of Camden, the exhibition will run from September 12th - 6th October 2013. ‘For You I Was A Flame’ follows on from the hugely successful ‘Family Portrait’ exhibition held at the London Jewish Museum, with both exhibitions created in close collaboration with Amy’s family and the Amy Winehouse Foundation. The foundation is using the hashtag #Amys30 to share pictures from the events, which can be used on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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60 Years Auction - Douglas Coupland

As we continue with our 60 Years Auction in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, several new special customisations are now available to buy. Novelist Douglas Coupland, author of 'Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture' has contributed this one of a kind shirt to the project.

Since the release of 'Generation X' in 1991, the Canadian writer and visual artist has gone on to create thirteen novels, as well as several short stories and screenplays for film and television. Coupland has also experimented with sculpture, creating a huge orca whale design that stands at the harbourside of his hometown of Vancouver.

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Other styles now available to buy include a signed shirt by The Specials, as well as individual contributions from frontman Terry Hall and bassist and artist Horace Panter. You can see all the customisations currently available at auction here.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation has been set up in Amy’s memory to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. Their aim is to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.