Full Sail Hosts the Fifth Annual Florida Songwriters Association Workshop

The Florida Songwriters Association presented panels about publishing, licensing, and more at the Full Sail Live venue.

A large screen reads "5th Annual Songwriters Music Workshop" against a purple backdrop. The screen sits atop a brightly lit, empty stage.

Full Sail University recently hosted the fifth annual Florida Songwriters Association Workshop on campus at the Full Sail Live venue. The Florida Songwriters Association is a not-for-profit organization, consisting of a team of talented songwriters of all genres dedicated to protecting songwriters’ rights within the industry. In honor of their anniversary, the association hosted a workshop to share industry information with the community.

“As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, we are dedicated to motivating and educating both aspiring and professional songwriters,” says Steve Lane, the Executive Director of the Florida Songwriters Association. “Our workshops provide music-educational information to help aspiring songwriters or artists get their businesses structured as a songwriter and artists to generate and receive their royalties and how to license their songs for TV, movies, commercials, and video game placements.”

The day-long event consisted of a series of panels with songwriting industry professionals, including Full Sail graduate Kenny Cordova, Executive Director at the Recording Academy (the organization that presents the Grammy Awards). Many Full Sail students were in attendance, getting access to a range of information about different areas within the industry, such as publishing, licensing/sync, copywriting, streaming, production, marketing, advertising, and distribution.

“This event offers great opportunities for our students and graduates to learn from and network with industry leaders,” says Full Sail Industry Outreach Team Lead Wynn Davis. “As songwriters and creatives, we have to understand how to navigate the business world to ensure we are appropriately compensated for our hard work. This is an amazing opportunity for our recording arts, audio production, music production, and music business students and graduates. We’re so grateful that Steve Lane and the Florida Songwriters Team are allowing our current students to attend the event at no charge.”