International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

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Deadline: Dec 17, 2009




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International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

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. Click here to submit to the music video category.

ISC categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Adult Contemporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children's Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Performance *, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen**, and World Music.

*This category is based not only on songwriting but also the overall performance and delivery of the song. All genres of music are accepted in this category.

**All songwriters entering the Teen category must be 18 yrs. old or younger by December 31, 2009. All genres of music are accepted in this category. Entering this category does not exclude you from entering other categories as well

ISC 2009 JUDGES:

Recording Artists/Songwriters

  • Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20)
  • Steve Winwood
  • Jeff Beck
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Robbie Williams
  • McCoy Tyner
  • Alejandro Sanz
  • Kings of Leon
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Jeffrey Steele
  • Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol)
  • Matt Thiessen (Relient K)
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Black Francis (Pixies)
  • Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC)
  • James Cotton
  • Michael W. Smith
  • John Mayall
  • John Scofield
  • Chris Hillman (The Byrds)
  • Craig Morgan
  • Youssou N'Dour
  • DJ TiĆ«sto
  • Sasha
  • John Digweed
  • Sandra Bernhard
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • Dr. Demento (Radio Host - The Dr. Demento Show)


Music Industry Executives

  • Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records)
  • Nick Burgess (Managing Director, Jive Records UK)
  • Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music)
  • Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records)
  • Kim Buie (VP A&R, Lost Highway Records)
  • Mitchell Cohn (VP A&R, Verve Music Group)
  • Lisa Ramsey Perkins (Senior Director, Sony Nashville)
  • Lieb Ostrow (CEO, Music For Little People)
  • Amy Doyle (Senior VP, Artist and Talent, MTV)
  • Rick Krim (Executive VP of Music & Talent Programming, VH1)
  • Steve Lillywhite (Producer)
  • Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment/BMG)
  • Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Sony BMG Norte and President, Discos 605)
  • Douglas C. Cohn (Senior VP, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon)

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Prizes

OVERALL GRAND PRIZE:
$25,000 cash (U.S.) and $20,000 in music equipment and services

Prizes will also be awarded to First, Second, and Third Place winners in each category.

Additionally, a Peoples' Voice winner will be selected out of all the finalists in an online vote by the public.

Depending on the genre, submissions are judged on the basis of:
Creativity
Originality
Melody
Lyrics
Instrumentation
Arrangement

Production/recording quality and vocal ability are not considered in the judging process. The entry does not need to be a professional recording.

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. The Grand Prize winner and First Place winners (except for Lyrics Only and Music Video) will also be included on the ISC Compilation CD distributed to music industry professionals including publishers, record label executives, film and tv music supervisors, and media.

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