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May 7, 2012

Amy Winehouse Foundation and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Join Hands

AWF Chairman Mitch Winehouse in town Monday, May 7th to present check to NOJO

The Amy Winehouse Foundation in the US (AWF-US) is joining hands with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra  (NOJO) to help fulfill Amy’s wish to help preserve Jazz culture in New Orleans and empower children through music education.  The AWF-US announced its first pledge of $10,000 to NOJO last month at the Foundation’s US launch in NYC.

AWF Chairman and CEO Mitch Winehouse will be in town to present the check to Artistic Director Irvin Mayfield, meet with the NOJO executive team and tour the NOJO offices.   “Amy loved New Orleans, she loved jazz music and one of the things she talked about doing was to help preserve the culture,” says Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father. “In her memory, through the (Amy Winehouse) Foundation we plan to do just that.” “NOJO is very excited to join hands with the Amy Winehouse Foundation, to preserve and further the culture of Jazz in New Orleans.  We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship, ” says Irvin Mayfield.

AWF check presentation to NOJO

Presentation:  Mitch Winehouse (AWF Chairman and CEO) to Irvin Mayfield  (Artistic Director)

Others attending:  Julie Muraco (AWF –US Acting Executive Director), Trenton Harrison-Lewis (AWF Chief of Staff), Irvin Mayfield (NOJO Artistic Director), Ronald Markham, (NOJO President and CEO),

Date/Time: Monday, May 7, 2012, 10am-10:45am

Location: 2020 St. Charles Avenue, 1st Floor Conference Room,  - New Orleans, LA 70130


About The Amy Winehouse Foundation (AWF-US)

The tragic passing of Amy on July 23, 2011 at the age of 27, left not only her family and close friends heart broken, but had a huge impact on people all over the world. Amy and her music touched millions of lives across the globe. Amy’s family launched the Amy Winehouse Foundation in the UK on September 14th 2011, on what would have been Amy’s 28th birthday and in the US on April 11,2012. The Amy Winehouse Foundation’s US mission is to support and empower children in need through music therapy and music education. The Foundation works to accomplish this mission in the following ways: by supporting music therapy and music education programs in universities, hospitals, schools, after school programs, and other institutions and agencies; in providing assistance specifically by meeting the unmet needs in psychological, mental and emotional well-being of children from disadvantaged families; and/or by offering scholarship grants to deserving students, from disadvantaged families for educational opportunities.

Interviews/ Information on AWF or Mitch Winehouse please contact:

Tracey Miller, TMA 609-383-2323, ext.11,


About The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO)

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra inspires freedom and culture in the individual and the global community by creating authentic, engaging Jazz experiences that celebrate the origins and transform the future of Jazz. As a performing arts organization, NOJO strengthens the business of Jazz through performances, touring, recordings, education and media platforms. The NOJO is the first and only performing arts institution committed solely to the development of the Industry of Jazz in the city that created it. Through a partnership with the University of New Orleans (UNO), NOJO provides affordable year-round music education to New Orleans Youth and commissions professional artists to create and perform original Jazz music.

Press credentials or Information /Interviews on NOJO or Irvin Mayfield please contact:

Gregory Gremillion, The NOJO, (504-301-9006)

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