The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.
2019 Judges Include:
COLDPLAY, DUA LIPA, TOM WAITS, KEVIN GATES, CAM, THE SCRIPT, KRISTIAN BUSH (Sugarland), BASTILLE, FLEET FOXES, AMERICAN AUTHORS, LONNIE LISTON SMITH, WALKER HAYES, JEREMIH, SARA EVANS, SIDEWALK PROPHETS, KARI JOBE, KASKADE, NANCY WILSON (Heart), KREWELLA, DANILO PEREZ, RAKIM (Eric B. & Rakim), CAMILA, PETER ERSKINE, MATTHEW WEST, DJ SHADOW, TIM RICE-OXLEY (Keane), NERVO, EASTON CORBIN, AMADOU & MARIAM, MANDOLIN ORANGE, JAMES MCNALLY (Afro Celt Sound System), TED NASH, JOHN MAYALL, GORDON GOODWIN, JOE LOUIS WALKER, ASHWIN BATISH, JOHN TIBBS, NICHOLAS GUNN (Limelght), MICAH TYLER, APARNA NANCHERIA (Comedian), WALTER TROUT, JIMMY PARDO (Comedian), and more to be announced.
WIN CASH, PRIZES, RECOGNITION, AND EXPOSURE!
71 winners will share in the cash and prizes! ISC is a great opportunity for songwriters, musicians, and performers to win cash and prizes, further their music careers, and gain recognition and exposure in the music industry.
Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Americana, Blues, Children's Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Performance, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, World Music, Unpublished, and Unsigned Only. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - in the same category or in multiple categories.
In addition to cash and merchandise prizes, winners benefit from a multilateral promotional campaign designed to give international exposure and attention to their songwriting achievements.
Depending on the category, submissions are judged on the following criteria:
• Lyrics (excludes songs that do not have lyrics)
• Overall likeability
Some categories may have additional criteria. Production/Recording quality and vocal ability are NOT criteria (except in the Performance category in which Vocals are a judging criteria).
JOIN THE RANKS OF PREVIOUS WINNERS:
Vance Joy, Gotye, Bastille, The Band Perry, Kimbra, Passenger, Kasey Chambers, Passenger, Lindsey Stirling, Kate Miller-Heidke, Gregory Porter, King Charles, Gin Wigmore, Andrew Bird, For King & Country, Omar Sosa, and more.
All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Paid - Over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including $25,000 to the Grand Prize Winner
Fee details - $35 per entry
Applications closed 7 January 2020.