MerleFest 2010, will once again host the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.
Now in its 18th year, the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. is an 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.
Contest entries are now being accepted via the following methods:
- U.S. Mail to – P. O. Box 121855, Nashville, TN 37212
- Online at American Songspace
- Online at Sonicbids
Details about entry fees, eligibility and other requirements are available at Chris Austin Songwriting Contest . The deadline for submissions is 18th Feb. 2010. To be eligible to enter, a songwriter must not derive more than 50% of his or her total income from songwriting or from music publishing.
The contest recognizes winners in four categories country, bluegrass, gospel and general. First place winners in each category receive: a performance on the Merlfest Cabin Stage (29 April – 2 May), an acoustic guitar, a cheque for $300, two boxes of D’Addario strings and one-year subscriptions to both Acoustic Guitar and American Songwriter magazines. Second and third place winners in each category receive performance slots on the Friday night Songwriters Coffeehouse, as well as cash prizes, D’Addario strings and subscriptions to Acoustic Guitar and American Songwriter.