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Three Options for Entering the CASC

MerleFest, presented by Lowe's, is proud once again to host the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Aspiring songwriters now have three options for entering the CASC. They are:

• Sonicbids began accepting entries to the contest on August 1. To enter the contest through Sonicbids, visit www.sonicbids.com/ChrisAustinSongwritingContest

• CASC will begin accepting online registrations directly from the CASC website on September 15. Applicants can complete the application and upload their song entry as an .mp3 or related file. A separate application must be completed for each contest entry. Additionally, applicants may pay the entry fee of $30 per submission using PayPal.

• Mail-in entries for CASC will be accepted beginning November 1, 2013. To enter by mail, visit www.merlefest.org/CASCRulesandEntry for a downloadable form and instruction.
All entries for the 2014 CASC and must be received by February 19, 2014.

Now in its 22nd 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 24-27, 2014.

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 during MerleFest on the campus of Wilkes Community College.