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Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is in memory of Chris Austin, a songwriter on Ricky Skaggs’ “Same Ol’ Love,” a top 5 hit. He was also a gifted musician, who toured with Ricky Skaggs playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and singing.

On March 16, 1991, only a few hours after the recording of “Same Ol’ Love,” Chris was killed in a tragic plane accident near San Diego along with other members of Reba McEntire’s band as well as her tour manager.

MerleFest offers songwriters the opportunity to have their original songs heard by a panel of professional songwriters and others from the Nashville music industry.

Categories include: Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel and general.

 

 

DATES | FEES | ENTRY

Opens – October 1

Deadlines – February 1

Winner announcement – Spring 2017

 

FEES
  • $30 per entry

 

ENTER | RULES

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

Three finalists from each category compete on the Austin Stage at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC.  Three nights of lodging (room and taxes only) are provided for each finalist. Each finalist receives up to three all-access passes to the festival. Co-writers will be treated as one writer for lodging, credentials and prizes.

First place winners of each category perform their song on the Cabin Stage. Each song in the finals must be performed live by the composer, with no more than one accompanist other than a co-writer and no performances to prerecorded tracks.

 

 

CHRIS AUSTIN SONGWRITING CONTEST PRIZES
  • 1st Place:
    • A performance on the Cabin Stage at MerleFest
    • $600 cash
    • Two boxes of D’Addario strings
    • One-year subscription to Acoustic Guitar Magazine
    • Strings & guitar straps from Kyser Musical Products
  • 2nd Place:
    • A slot on the Friday Night Songwriter Showcase Coffeehouse
    • $300 cash
    • One box of D’Addario strings
    • One-year subscription to Acoustic Guitar Magazine
    • Strings from Kyser Musical Products
  • 3rd Place:
    • A slot on the Friday night Songwriter Showcase Coffeehouse
    • $100 cash
    • One box of D’Addario strings
    • One-year subscription to Acoustic Guitar Magazine
    • Strings from Kyser Musical Products

 

PAST WINNERS

 







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