Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Offers Four Categories

CASCMerleFest gives songwriters the opportunity to have their original songs heard by a panel of professional songwriters and others from the Nashville music industry by participating in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest!

All Songwriters can enter in Bluegrass, Country, General or Gospel categories except past first-place winners within five years may not reenter in the same category. 

Song entries can be made via the traditional mail-in or electronically through Sonic Bids (http://www.sonicbids.com/ChrisAustinSongwritingContest ).

There is a small fee for entries but net proceeds from the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest go to support the WCC Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship. Since its inception the Chris Austin Scholarship has helped 75 students and awarded over $34,000.

Prizes are awarded in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  First place winners will receive:

    • A performance on the Cabin Stage at MerleFest  
    • A check for $500 (Thank you to La Fiesta Mexican Restaurants for your cash sponsorship.)
    • Two boxes of D'Addario strings
    • A gift certificate from Jackson's Music
    • Capos from the G7th The Capo Company

The contest deadline is February 19, 2013.   Full contest rules and other information is available from the MerleFest website


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