As we lead up to the 10th Annual Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival (PBSF), we take a look back at what we have accomplished in the past to help make our community, and even the world, a better place. We are happy to announce that we received our 501(c)3 non-profit status this past year and look forward to bringing even more events to our community. This status will help us obtain sponsors as their donations are now tax-deductible!!
At SongFest 2012, our Board member Ross Orenstein met with one of our out-of-town songwriters, Donna Britton Bukevicz. As a result of that meeting they teamed up to start a non-profit called Team Green World. They co-wrote songs to teach children how to care for the environment. Highlighting this amazing partnership, WSRE recently aired the pilot episode of "The Eco Team". The 30 minute show was produced by Ross and Donna and introduced Eco the Butterfly and the Eco Team Puppets. This is just one example of the networking opportunities PBSF provides for the songwriters!
While Toys for Tots was well-established, PBSF started the first songwriters showcase for Toys for Tots in Pensacola. In 2014 we raised $400 in cash and collected over $1500 in toys at one of our showcases during the festival. This is now an annual event and sponsors the "Toys for Tots: Midway to Nashville" show!
Working with Veteran songwriters to help them transition back into socierty was a special project that is now an annual undertaking. Teaming up with AHERO, we hosted "A Musical Salute to our Veterans" at SongFest 2017 and followed it up with s special "Operation Song" event this past April.
Another important mission for PBSF is to bring music to the kids. We do this every year by taking songwriters into the classrooms at Pensacola Beach Elementary School and Gulf Breeze Middle School. Hit songwriters write a song on the spot with input from the children and craft music to some of their prepared lyrics.
We look forward to continuing to work with the community and hosting the 20th Annual Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival 10 years from now!!!
The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival celebrates the creators of the music! Music education is an important part of our Festival. One of our goals is to bring the songwriters into the classroom to provide instruction and mentoring about the art of music. 2018 brings great news! We are so excited to announce that The Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival has joined hands with the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame which will be hosting a workshop in three of our local schools.
Welcome and thanks for taking the journey with us! Let the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival introduce you to the songwriters who create the songs that inspire our daily lives. Songs create moods that can put smiles on your faces or tears in your eyes. There are so many emotions that live within us each and every day that a song sometimes has a way of healing.
We are excited to become a sponsor of the Northwest Florida Guardian Ad Litem.
Check out the performers of "Veterans on the Beach: Operation Song" !!