Amy Winehouse Foundation to release charity compilation album as birthday celebration

The scheme offers to help young musicians to overcome personal obstacles and 'produce extraordinary music'

The Amy Winehouse Foundation have announced details of a new album featuring musicians that have benefited from their Amy’s Yard programme.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation was launched in September 2011 following the death of the singer. Amy’s Yard was set up two years ago.

Through the Amy’s Yard scheme, the Foundation aims to help young people to “overcome personal obstacles and produce extraordinary music”.

A press release states, “The project sees young people with a musical talent mentored to become self-sustaining music artists. They are given time in Amy’s own studio and are guided by producer Urban Monk who has worked with the likes of Giggs, Wiley, Plan B, Ghetts, Lily Allen and Mr Hudson.”

The 10-track release, released in conjunction with Island Records, marks the four-year anniversary of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

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“It’s really gratifying to know that Amy continues to influence and inspire young people through her life and music,” says Darcus Beese of Island Records.

He added: “The Foundation does a fantastic job in keeping Amy’s spirit alive by offering hope and opportunity to young people who are struggling in life and it’s an honour for Island Records to help these emerging talents get their music heard.”

London artist Zodiac said of the news: “The Amy Winehouse Foundation gave me focus and drive, their patience allowed me to express myself by giving me a foundation. Their encouragement made me want to shine.”

Find out more details on the Amy Winehouse Foundation website.
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