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Lauderdale chats on Facebook

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 – Jim Lauderdale, volunteer chairperson of MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, will participate in a live chat on Facebook on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. eastern.

The live chat with Lauderdale will take place at the social media site on the official page for the contest, found at MerleFest's "Chris Austin Songwriting Contest." Fans and writers can join the chat with questions for Lauderdale about the songwriting contest and songwriting in general. In order to take part in the chat, a participant must have a Facebook account and be a "fan" of MerleFest's "Chris Austin Songwriting Contest" page.

Hosted by MerleFest 2011 and now in its 19th year, the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is an opportunity for writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals.

Contest entries for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest are now being accepted via three methods: U.S. Mail (P. O. Box 121855, Nashville, TN 37212,) Sonicbids (www.sonicbids.com/chrisaustinsongwritingcontest) and American Songspace (www.americansongspace.com/contest/chrisaustinsongwriting2011.) The deadline is Feb. 18.

Net proceeds from the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest support the Wilkes Community College Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship. Since its inception the scholarship has awarded more than $35,000 to 71 deserving students. Previous winners of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest include Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt, Michael Reno Harrell, Adrienne Young, Martha Scanlan and David Via.


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