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Area musicians invited to join singer/songwriter contest


Special to The Dispatch



The Cotton District Arts Festival in Starkville is looking for 2017's best local musicians. Whether amateur or professional, applications for the CDAF Singer/Songwriter's Competition are being accepted through Friday, March 24. From rock, to country, and everything in between, this year's event will share the art of music by exposing local talent with a little friendly competition. 


Applications can be submitted online through the CDAF website listed below and should include a link to original music (YouTube, Spotify, Wix Music, iTunes, etc.). All entries are reviewed and are narrowed down to a select group that will each perform two to three songs at the Live Musical Showcase March 25 at Dave's Darkhorse Tavern in Starkville. 


First, second and third place winners will be selected that night and awarded cash prizes totaling $1,000. The top three winners will also get the opportunity to promote themselves by performing two to three songs on the West Stage the day of the 2017 festival, Saturday, April 8. 


Presented by the Starkville Area Arts Council, the CDAF supports local musicians and aims to remind the community that music lives inside everybody. 


The Singer/Songwriter's Competition application, rules and regulations can be found at 


The Starkville Area Arts Council is proud to bring this festival to Starkville and appreciates the support of the City of Starkville, Dan Camp and The Cotton District, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission.  


All registration forms and applications are available on the festival's website at Additional information about the arts council can be found at Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are still available. Contact the arts council office at 662-324-3080. For even more weekend activities, check out MSU's Super Bulldog Weekend at



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