Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Redesigned for 2015

Once again MerleFest will host the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.

Beginning October 1, aspiring songwriters may submit entries to the contest using the online entry form (www.merlefest.org/ChrisAustinSongwritingContest/)    or by mailing entries to:

  • MerleFest/CASC,
  • PO Box 120,
  • Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Early birds take note: during the month of October and November, all entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC) will receive an early entry discount price of $25 per entry.

Submissions received in December and January will require a $30 fee per entry.

The deadline to enter the CASC will be February 1, 2015.

Beginning this year, applicants should make note that all lyrics must be written in English and no instrumentals will be accepted.

To read more about the contest rules and how to enter, visit http://www.merlefest.org/cascrulesandentry/.

Now in its 23rd year, the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. MerleFest takes place from April 23-26, 2015.

The first round of the CASC competition takes place in Nashville, Tenn., and is narrowed down to 12 finalists representing four categories: bluegrass, country, general and gospel/inspirational. Finalists are then invited to the final round of the competition, which takes place April 24 during MerleFest on the campus of Wilkes Community College.

Net proceeds from the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest support the Wilkes Community College Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship. Since its inception the scholarship has awarded over $38,000 to 79 deserving students.

To learn more details about the contest, visit www.merlefest.org/ChrisAustinSongwritingContest.

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