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The deadline has been extended until 12/20/2010

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual songwriting competition whose mission is to provide the opportunity for songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC accepts original songs from musicians, artists, bands, and songwriters at every level from amateur to professional. More than $150,000 in cash and prizes will be shared among the 66 winners, including an overall Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in music equipment, services, and more. Not only does ISC give away the largest cash Grand Prize of any songwriting competition in the world, but ISC also has the most high-profile judges, the most categories, and the coolest winners (this could be you!). ISC has lots of great new judges for 2010, so scroll down and check them out - this means new judges listening to all the finalists' songs and picking the 2010 winners. This is a great opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - in the same category or in multiple categories. New for this year is the Unsigned Only category, so if you are unsigned to a major label record or distribution deal and don't have a publishing deal for the song you want to enter - this category could be just the one for you! If you want to enter the Music Video category, click here.

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, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, World Music, Performance *, Teen**, and Unsigned Only*** .

If you want to enter the Music Video category, click here.

*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, 2010. All genres of music are accepted in this category. Entering this category does not exclude you from entering other categories as well

***This category is open to all genres of music. Entrants cannot be signed to a major label record or distribution deal. Any song entered in this category may not be owned wholly or partly by any publishing company. Any song entered in this category must be entered into at least one other category. See Rules & Regulations for more detailed information.


Recording Artists/Songwriters

  • Peter Gabriel
  • Rihanna
  • Tom Waits
  • Kings of Leon
  • Jeff Beck
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Timbaland
  • Train
  • Robbie Williams
  • McCoy Tyner
  • Robert Smith (The Cure)
  • Alejandro Sanz
  • Ben Harper
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Keane
  • Matt Thiessen (Relient K)
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Black Francis (Pixies)
  • Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC)
  • James Cotton
  • Adele
  • Michael W. Smith
  • John Mayall
  • John Scofield
  • Chris Hillman (The Byrds)
  • Craig Morgan
  • Ben Folds
  • DJ TiĆ«sto
  • John Digweed
  • Sandra Bernhard
  • Wynonna
  • Regina Spektor
  • Terence Blanchard
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • Montel Jordan
  • Jazmine Sullivan
  • K'Naan
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • Baaba Maal
  • Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals)

    Music Industry Executives

  • Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records)
  • Amanda Ghost (President, Epic Records)
  • Ric Arboit (President, Nettwerk Music Group)
  • Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo Kids)
  • Daniel Glass (Founder/CEO, Glassnote Entertainment Group)
  • Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records)
  • Brian Malouf (VP A&R, Walt Disney Records)
  • Kim Buie (VP A&R, Lost Highway Records)
  • Lisa Ramsey Perkins (Senior Director, Sony Nashville)
  • 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)
  • Dr. Demento (Radio Host, Dr. Demento Show)


    $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(except for the Unsigned Only category which has one winner).

    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:

    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.

    Submissions Fee

    Submission Fee: $25 per song - Special holiday price!
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    Important Dates

    Submission Deadline: December 20, 2010

    Finalists Announced: February 2011

    Winner Announced: April 2011


    2010 ISC Rules And Regulations

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

    *All songwriters entering the Teen category must be 18 years old or younger by December 31, 2010. All genres of music are accepted in this category. Entering this category will not exclude you from entering other categories as well.

    **The Performance category is judged not only on the songwriting but also on the overall delivery/performance of the song. All genres of music are accepted in this category, including Spoken Word.

    ***Entrants in this category cannot be signed to or have any affiliation with a major label record company (Sony BMG, EMI Group, Universal Music Group, or Warner Music Group or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries or imprints) or have distribution through a major label or its affiliates. Entrants who are on independent labels, release material on their own label, or have never released material are eligible to enter. Entrants may not enter any song into this category that is owned, wholly or partly, by any publishing company. These eligibility requirements apply only to the Unsigned Only category. Entrants not eligible for the Unsigned Only category are allowed to enter any and all other categories. Any song entered into the Unsigned Only category must also be entered into at least one other category.

    If you are entering the Lyrics Only category, it is not necessary to submit music, and you do not need to specify a category or kind of music. You only need to include a copy of your lyrics.

    Entrant may submit as many songs as desired in each category. Entrant may also enter the same song in more than one category.

    All online entries must be in the mp3 format except for the Music Video category. It is the entrant's responsibility to ensure that the song(s) entered are in the correct file format and can be played properly

    2. All entries submitted must be original songs and shall not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Songs may have multiple co-writers, but only one name should be designated on the entry form as the Entrant and contact person. Entrant shall, by entering, indemnify and hold ISC harmless from and against any claims inconsistent with the foregoing.

    3. ISC is open to all amateur and professional songwriters and anyone regardless of nationality or origin. Employees of ISC, its families, subsidiaries and affiliates are not eligible. If entrant is under 18 years old, the signature of a parent or guardian is required.

    4. All entry fees are non-refundable. ISC does not give feedback or a critique to entrants.

    5. Entries will be screened by ISC, and the finalists will be sent to the judges who will select the winners. The judging committee consists of high-profile music industry professionals including record label executives, producers, and artists. Songs are judged equally on melody, composition, originality, and lyrics (when applicable). Lyrics may be in any language. Production value and quality of performance will not be considered (except in the Performance category). All prizes will be awarded to the Entrant's name as it appears on the entry form, and division of prizes among co-authors is the responsibility of winners.

    6. ISC 2010 finalists will be announced in February, 2011 and winners in April, 2011. ISC will use its best efforts to announce the winners at the designated time, but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays. Winners will be notified by email or phone. Winners will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that winner's song is original and he/she holds rights to the song. The Winner in the Unsigned Only category will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that the winning song is not owned in any part by a publishing company and that the Entrant is not signed to a major label record company or distribution company. Failure to sign and return the form within the required time period or provision of false information may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. Affidavits are subject to verification by ISC and its agents. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's name, likeness, and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

    7. Prizes: There will be no transfer and substitution of prizes except as necessary due to availability in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. If it is necessary to substitute a prize, ISC reserves the right to give the winner a cash substitute determined by the wholesale value of the prize. All winners agree to release ISC and sponsors from all liability regarding prizes won. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of winner. ISC will not pay any winners' taxes. Prizes will be sent out within a reasonable amount of time, and ISC will use its best efforts to send prizes out in a timely fashion. Please note that prizes which are being sent to winners from Sponsors may take longer than prizes sent directly from ISC. If the winner has not received any portion of prizes within 180 days and has not responded to ISC communication, ISC will no longer be responsible for delivery of prizes.

    8. Entrant agrees that should his/her song(s) be selected as a winner, ISC shall have the right to include the winning song(s) on the ISC Compilation CD to be used for promotional purposes only. The CD will not be for sale.

    10. Entrant retains all ownership rights to all submitted song(s). ISC will not have any ownership rights to any song(s) submitted.

    11. Entrant acknowledges that all songs entered may be distributed to judges who will be selecting the winners, and Entrant agrees to release, indemnify, and hold ISC, its sponsors, and judges harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in ISC.

    12. By entering ISC, entrant and/or their parents or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of ISC and its judges which are final and binding in all matters. Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official ISC Rules And Regulations as established herein.
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