The Florida Music Educators' Association is working in partnership with Senator Tony Hill and Representative Ed Homan to head up the initiative in which all of Florida 's citizens are invited to submit their entries for a new state song.


For Immediate Release: May 14, 2007

Contact: Katherine Mason
(850) 386-9100
[email protected]

Entries Welcomed for New State Song

Tallahassee – The process officially begins Tuesday (May 15) for Florida's musicians to submit their entries for Just Sing, Florida!”, the search for a new state song. The Florida Music Educators' Association (FMEA) has created a new web site, , which goes live Tuesday and contains rules and submission guidelines. As experts in the field of music, the FMEA will manage the process and coordinate efforts with music educators across the state to collect and cull song submissions.

'Just Sing, Florida!' is about more than a new state song, it's about music and all of the arts,” said Lucinda Balistreri, FMEA President. We're excited about this opportunity for Florida 's communities and citizens to engage in the arts, and we're excited to begin receiving entries.”

Song submissions should meet the following requirements:

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  • Approximately three minutes in length
  • A vocal range that does not exceed a ninth (one octave + Major 2nd )
  • Suitable for group singing, as well as for a soloist
  • Appropriate lyrics for a state song that are inclusive
  • Written in music notation (including a lead sheet containing a minimum of the melodic line, lyrics and chords)

Additional requirements and complete information concerning eligibility, rules and proper procedures for submissions will be available at the program's web site, .

I want to thank the Florida Music Educators' Association (FMEA) for heading up this search,” said Sen. Tony Hill (D-Jacksonville). I look forward to hearing the top songs during the 2008 legislative session.”

Song submissions will be accepted through October 1, 2007, at:

Florida Music Educators' Association (FMEA)
Attention: Just Sing, Florida!
402 Office Plaza
Tallahassee , FL 32301-2757

The top three song applicants will be announced in December 2007.

For more information about Just Sing, Florida!”, visit . To learn more about the Florida Music Educators' Association, go to .