Heart & Soul Grant Recipient Performs at Key West Songwriters’ Festival

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Student gives back to organization.

Randy Houser, Rob Rappaport, Sarah Vitale and Frank Messana

The Better Angels 15th Annual Songwriters Festival, held from April 28th through May 2nd, 2010 in Key West, Florida, is the second largest annual event on the island of Key West. This exciting weekend of music features 175 talented singer-songwriters—and will also support many great causes, including the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation.

The mission of the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation is to help support and redefine music education, through a number of programs including the gifting of Music Matters Grants to qualified school music programs. Sarah Vitale, who won a full year scholarship to The Music Room in 2009, was the opening act yesterday for singer/songwriter Randy Houser.

A special compilation CD is available, featuring select songs from festival performers, including: Randy Houser, Natalie Hemby, Robert Earl Keen, Kim Carnes, Johnny Gates, Dave Pahanish, Chuck Cannon, Hugh Prestwood, Eric Paslay, Jason White, Jason Matthews, Lisa Carver, Kylie Sackley, Bobby Pinson, Sherrie Austin and Jon Mabe. The CD also features two songs by Heart & Soul Noise! Music camp alumni Charlene Cipollone & Tyler Bertges.

About the Key West Songwriters Festival

Celebrating its 15th year, The Key West Songwriters Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world. Since 1997 BMI has been a charter sponsor of the festival and has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights of more than 20 free shows, staged at an array of the island’s most popular drinking holes and hot spots, where live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. Diverse lineups featuring more than 100 top songwriters deliver rare, “Key West-only” moments: Informal adaptations of Nashville’s signature in-the-round acoustic showcases dominate much of the schedule, while an event-capping street concert adds an enticing Mardis Gras fillip to the mix. http://www.keywestsongwritersfestival.com

About The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation

The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity organization in 1998 by Muzak LLC. The Foundation’s mission is to support and redefine music education throughout the United States. The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation helps students turn their passion for music into real world opportunities – by providing teens with new and exciting programs focused on all aspects of the music business. To learn more visit us online at http://www.Heart.Muzak.com or call us at 803.396.3512. Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation can be found on Facebook under the “causes” app, and on Twitter @MuzakHeartSoul.


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