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Enter the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

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April 25-28, 2019

The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is closed for MerleFest 2019. Winners will be announced in the coming months. Thank you to all who entered!

MerleFest offers 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. Net proceeds from the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest help support the WCC Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship. Since its inception, the Chris Austin Scholarship has helped 84 students and awarded over $34,600. Jim Lauderdale will host the contest. 

2019 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Sponsors are:

1st Place Winners Receive

  • Winning song performance on the Cabin Stage at MerleFest on Friday night
  • Perform a 20-35-minute set on the Cabin Stage on Saturday between 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • $600 cash
  • Two boxes of D’Addario strings
  • Shubb Capos
  • Saloon Studios Live will provide recording sessions for the four 1st place CASC winners
    • Saloon Studios Live will invite the CASC winners to join Saloon Studios for a live performance at one of their upcoming shows
    • CASC winners will either be opening acts or may be paired for a Rising Stars show on Saloon Studios performance show
    • Saloon Studios Live will provide each CASC winner with the unmastered audio and video recording from that performance to use at their discretion. Saloon Studios will retain a copy of that performance and may also use it at their discretion
    • Saloon Studios Live is an intimate, close-up experience where artists performer in a 100-seat, mid-nineteenth century saloon replica with state-of-the-art sound technology.
  • 1st place winning song in each category will be broadcast on WNCW-a non-commercial public radio station that broadcasts a varied format including folk, blues, jazz, reggae, Celtic, world, rock, bluegrass, indie and news.

2nd Place Winners Receive

  • $300 cash
  • Shubb Capos
  • One box of D’Addario strings

3rd Place Winners Receive

  • $100 cash
  • Shubb Capos
  • One box of D’Addario strings