As the month of August rolls along, the founders of Operation: Sound Off! (OSO) are stepping up their campaign to encourage people to vote for OSO at www.refresheverything.com/operationsoundoff in order to win a $250K Pepsi Refresh Grant. Their application was approved by Pepsi on August 1st, and is now up for votes until the end of the month. Only the Top 2 contestants in the $250K category will be awarded the grant. OSO entered the competition with the ranking of 408th out of 1,231 projects in their category. As of this writing, they have moved up to 264th.
"We're very happy with our progress so far," say Scotty Huff, co-founder of OSO, "but we have a long way to go. We're trying everything to keep the momentum up and increase awareness without annoying people."
Operation: Sound Off! was created by Grammy Award winner, Robert Reynolds, and music producer/arranger, Scotty Huff, in an effort to give back to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. The project provides recording and performing opportunities to those active and veteran troops with musical aspirations they put on hold in order to serve their country. This effort will include recording, concert tours and other performance opportunities, distribution of digital downloads and "best of" CD's, as well as an episode television production.
"We've started production, but our biggest hurdle is funding. This Pepsi Refresh Grant would be just the shot in the arm the project needs," added Huff. "We encourage everyone to vote daily to help fulfill the dreams of those who fight for ours."
Look for a press release to all major media outlets today, upcomming interviews with the OSO artists and founders, and new updates as they happen. Visit http://www.operationsoundoff.com/ to learn more about the project and keep up to date.