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Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Announces 2015 finalists

Chris AustinWilkesboro, NC -- Finalists have been selected for the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2015. Now in its 23rd year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. MerleFest 2015, presented by Window World, takes place from April 23-26 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.

Darrell Scott Announces Four-Day Songwriting Workshop

Darrell ScottNashville, TN -- SongFood is pleased to announce a Songwriting INTENSIVE, led by Darrell Scott, to be held at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN from May 25-28, 2015! Get ready for 4 full days of instruction and guidance to songwriting led by Grammy Award nominee Darrell Scott. Immerse yourself in the vibrant setting and vibe that Music City (Nashville) has to offer while you discover the spiritual concepts that fire the creativity behind songs. Greenhorn or seasoned pro, this workshop is for you!

2015 'Song to Stage' Dates Announced with Louisa Branscomb and Nu-Blu

 Nu-Blu and Louisa BranscombNashville, TN -- Multi-award winning songwriter and veteran instructor Louisa Branscomb (Founder, Branscomb Mastercraft) and music's fastest rising act Nu-Blu, announce their collaboration to present a first-of-its-kind program called Song to Stage. The program will be hosted at the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC from April 17-19. The workshop includes three days of workshops and three nights of accommodations in the Outer Banks. Reservations are now open HERE.

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest Opens Jan 1

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting ContestAt midnight Jan, 1st, the John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest will begin accepting submissions for their songwriting contest. Send them your best John Hartford inspired song and win tickets, trophies, digital publication and video exposure on their dynamic website, and participate in their top 7 Songwriter’s Showcase on the Main Stage! Don’t drag your pen and pick on this contest. They are only accepting the first 25 entries.

Hazel Dickens Song Contest Deadline is January 1, 2015

Hazel DickensThe Hazel Dickens Song Contest deadline is Jan. 1, 2015 and is quickly approaching. The first-place winner will be invited to perform his or her song on the main stage at the DC Bluegrass Festival, Feb. 28, 2015 in Vienna, VA.

International Songwriting Competition Launches Two Special Promotions

International Songwriting CompetitionNashville, TN -- Do you have a great love song? Do you have a great song about a social cause? ISC is opening entries from November 18 - December 4, 2014 for songs relating to either of these topics. To enter, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/submit ISC's "Sing Your Heart Out" promotion is for songs about love, falling in love, heartbreak, or anything to do with love. ISC's "Pick Your Cause" promotion is for songs about any sort of social cause. When you enter either promotion, you will receive a free Radio Airplay account, have your love song included on the Jango.com "Independent Love Songs" or "Sounds Of Social Cause" radio station, and receive 100 free spins, per entry, to your Radio Airplay account whether you are a new or existing Radio Airplay member. A group of winners will also be selected and will receive promotion and airplay from Jango.com and Radio Airplay.

Donna Ulisse to Launch Songwriting Escape Venture

Songwriting EscapeThree time IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee, recording artist and author Donna Ulisse has decided to turn her passion into teaching and sharing what she does in the process of constructing a song, into a traveling workshop called Songwriting Escape. The three day workshops will be taught with a dynamic team she has already tested the waters with and they have developed a carefully thought out curriculum that will accomodate writers of all levels.

Song To Stage Songwriter Workshop Series Announced

 Nu-Blu and Louisa BranscombNashville, TN -- The Song To Stage collaborative announces the launch of a new songwriter development program, guided by Grammy winning songwriter Louisa Branscomb, along with the award winning bluegrass-Americana group Nu-Blu. Song To Stage is a first of its kind, an innovative songwriter-artist-production workshop designed to advance the personal and professional needs of the songwriter from all angles of the creative and business process.

Ash Breeze in Merlefest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Top 3

Ash BreezeWillis, VA -- North Carolina's Ash Breeze is off to a solid start with the word that their song "Without Love" has made it into the finals of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for Merlesfest 2014. The song is 1 of 3 finalists in the Inspirational/Gospel category.

Chris Austin Songwriting Finalists Announced

Josh CrewsWilkesboro, NC -- Finalists have been selected for the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, hosted by MerleFest 2014. Now in its 22nd year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. MerleFest 2014 takes place from April 24-27 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Judges Announced for Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

Niall TonerWilkesboro, NC -- Songwriters Charles Humphrey III, Darrell Scott and Niall Toner will be among the judges that determine the winners of MerleFest 2014’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Now in its 22nd year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals, under the direction of this year’s volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale.

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest Accepting Entries

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest/Whipstitch SalliesThe 2014 John Hartford Memorial Festival (JHMF) Songwriting Contest has begun accepting entries, marking the start of its second year inspiring songwriters to go where they haven’t gone before. The songwriting contest is a little different than most, as it takes part in ensuring the legacy of John Hartford continues and thrives. The songwriting contest inspires originality through the history surrounding John Hartford's musical legacy. Contest winners are awarded with a main stage performance and free 3-day festival ticket.

12th American String Teachers Assoc. Fiddle Tune Composition Contest

12th American String Teachers Assoc.The Twelvth Annual Nebraska American String Teachers Association Fiddle Tune Composition Contest is coming up and so is the entry deadline. This event inspires fiddlers from all over to compose their own tunes and supports the cause of string education throughout the great state of Nebraska.

Three Options to Enter Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

Chris AustinWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s, now offers three ways for aspiring songwriters to enter the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. The contest will accept mail-in applications from aspiring songwriters beginning November 1 via U.S. Mail (P.O. Box 121855, Nashville, TN 37212). To enter by mail, visit click here for a downloadable form and instruction. Entries may also be submitted through Sonicbids.
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Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet offer Opportunigy for New Songwriters

Farm Hands Bluegrass QuartetThe Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet is rich in songwriting talent. Bass player Daryl Mosley, banjo player Bennie Boling and guitarist Kevin Williamson have each had successful careers writing songs recorded by numerous bluegrass, country, and Christian artists. Now, the band is offering an exciting opportunity for an up-and-coming songwriter to have a song recorded and released nationally on the next Farm Hands CD.

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