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WSRE and Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival host songwriting workshop for Pace Center students
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Nashville songwriters conduct workshop for PACE Center for Girls teens on Thursday

What: Local teens to participate in songwriting workshop for PACE Center for Girls tomorrow.

Who: WSRE and the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival have partnered with PACE Center for Girls Escambia Santa Rosa to arrange a songwriting workshop, conducted by Nashville songwriters Anne Buckle, Tim Buppert and Jerry Vandiver, for PACE Center for Girls students.

Why: WSRE was one of 37 PBS member stations to receive a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant for community engagement related to the “Country Music” film series by Ken Burns. This songwriting workshop for PACE Center for Girls was proposed in WSRE’s grant application because of the success of similar workshops conducted by Buckle, Buppert and Vandiver, both locally and in Nashville. All three songwriters participate in the Country Music Hall of Fame Words & Music program, which allows students to express themselves creatively and to learn the craft of lyric writing. Buckle is the founder of 3 Chords, a non-profit organization aimed at helping refugee youth share their stories through original songs in hopes of fostering global understanding and respect. The songwriters are in Northwest Florida to perform during the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival. One of the festival’s goals is to bring songwriters into the classroom to provide instruction and mentoring about the art of music. PACE Center for Girls is a non-profit alternative education and counseling program committed to empowering and inspiring young women while helping them complete their education and build self-esteem.

When: Thursday, Oct. 3, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Bldg. 8, Room 850 in the Music & Theatre Department at Pensacola State College

How to Attend: This is a private event for the students of PACE Center for Girls and is closed to the public; however, media coverage is welcome.

Media Contact:
Mary Riker