ORLANDO, FL – On Friday, February 25th, 2021 the Florida Songwriters Association (FLSW) was among 15 organizations selected to receive funding from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) Community Crime Prevention Grant Program.  FLSW indicates that its micro-grant award will benefit So You Want Your Name In Lights Youth Mentoring Project (SYWYNIL) , a partnership initiative for under-served, at-risk youth ages 12 – 17 years.  Grammy-Award-winning drummer Will Covington is the visionary for SYWYNIL and his wife, Gwen Covington serves as Program Director.  OCSO created its grant program in 2020 and this is the first funding cycle for nonprofit organizations engaged in activities that address neighborhood safety, crime prevention, and drug abuse education and prevention. For more details about the OCSO crime prevention grant program, visit www.ocso.com/grants.


Florida Songwriters Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non–for–profit organization which is dedicated to motivating and educating both aspiring and professional songwriters throughout the State of Florida and beyond. Our team consists of talented songwriters from every genre of music and range from novice amateurs to established professionals in the industry. Together, we work with writers who are committed to protecting the rights and the future of the songwriting profession. Members have access to one-on-one mentoring sessions with industry professionals, free sync licensing pitches and publishing opportunities, free song evaluations, and exclusive access to educational materials focused on the songwriting industry.  For more information about FLSW, visit www.flsw.org.


So You Want Your Name In Lights Youth Mentoring Program is an arts-focused, crime-prevention project designed to encourage under-served youth (ages 12-17) with making right choices while developing character, confidence, leadership, discipline, self-esteem, and positive life-skills. Workshops topics include financial literacy/budgeting, healthy lifestyles, and life-social skills/etiquette training activities that are non-duplicated in public schools’ settings. Music-related activities allow students to gain hands-on audio digital tech experience, basic piano, songwriting composition, music recording production, and talent showcase performance opportunities.  Our showcase winners receive various incentives that include, but are not limited to, prizes and scholarships awarded to support various career-interest areas that may or may not be music/arts-affiliated. The 2021 Scholarship Awards event is set for Saturday, April 24 and the 6-weeks summer camp begins Monday, June 14, 2021 for forty (40) students maximum enrollment.  


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