The Power of Song Inc. expands Florida music contest to include Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Students in grades K-12 in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties are eligible. An example from the winning entry is below.

Songs can include Civil Rights era music ranging from We Shall Overcome, Precious Lord, Amazing Grace and Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around to A Change is Gonna Come, Blowin' in the Wind, What's Going On, and Strange Fruit. There's a lot to choose from!


                                  2017 1st Place Winner Jordan Bolds

                                  2017 1st Place Winner Jordan Bolds

Students must record a video of themselves performing a song from the Civil Rights Movement, whether with a dance, vocal, or instrumental presentation. Videos should be one minute or less in length, and submitted via email to All submissions need to include the student’s name, age, grade and school.

The 1st place winner will receive $500 and a trophy as well as perform as the opener for the 2018 production of Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song at The Palladium Theater. In addition to the 1st Place award, a 2nd Place winner will receive $250 and 3rd Place will receive $100. The production includes three performances: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 7 and at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8. Videos must follow the established criteria in order to be eligible for the contest.

Last year's winners: 1st Place, Jordan Bolds (pictured above), Northside Christian School; 2nd Place Tendani Musengwa, James B. Sanderlin IB School; 3rd Place Adan Martinez, Gibbs High School.

Sponsored by: The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Advisory Board