The BMI Young Songwriters Project began in 2003 with the participation of students from the Hillsborough School District in Florida. In 2004, the membership was expanded to include individuals from the Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota School Districts. They met for five Master Classes via video conference from BMI's New York headquarters with Cerf and Gold. Each session involved the performance of songs by the students and critiques by the two teachers.
BMI helped to inaugurate the Young Songwriters Project as a means of encouraging the creators of tomorrow and teaching the value of copyright. Florida education innovators June Hinckley of the Florida Department of Education and Margaret Griffin, Elementary Music Supervisor for Hillsborough County, developed the curriculum with Cerf and Gold's assistance. The BMI Young Songwriters Project was also supported by the University of South Florida, the Florida Department of Education, Apple Computer Corporation and Sibelius Software. Apple will sponsor a reception following the concert, where both Cerf and Gold will be available for interviews on the project and their individual careers.