Thursday, January 28, 2016


Submissions for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest are being accepted through February 1, 2016, so HURRY, TIME'S A-WASTIN'!
If you've written a song that you know the world needs to hear, enter the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest!
MerleFest, the "traditional-plus" music festival held April 28 - May 1, 2016, offers songwriters the opportunity to have their original songs heard by a panel of professional songwriters and others from the Nashville music industry.
Net proceeds from the contest go to support the Wilkes Community College Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship. Since its inception, the Chris Austin Scholarship has helped 84 students and awarded over $34,600.
The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest was established to honor the memory of country artist and songwriter Chris Austin, a native of Boone, North Carolina, who died in a tragic plane crash along with other members of Reba McEntire's band in March 1991. 
Remember - you have until 11:59 p.m. EST on February 1, 2016, to submit your original songs for competition! Here is the registration form
Past winners of the contest include Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt, Michael Reno Harrell, Adrienne Young and IBMA Songwriter of the Year winner Becky Buller! Are YOU the next name on the Winner's List?
Full details are online at

For additional information about the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, you may contact Bethany Swain at Wilkes Community College at phone number 336-838-6412.

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