The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

International Songwriting CompetitionI thought I’d highlight this great songwriting competition for songwriters of all levels.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in prizes.

This year’s deadline Sept 20th

More info (from ISC):

What is 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.

68 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), 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, World Music, and Unsigned Only. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish – in the same category or in multiple categories.

Depending on the category, submissions are judged on the basis of the following criteria: Creativity, Originality, Lyrics, Melody, and Arrangement

Production/Recording quality and vocal ability are not criteria.

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.

Judges

This year judges include Tom Waits, Nas, Martina McBride, McCoy Tyner, Jeff Beck, Bernie Taupin, Janelle Monae, Susan Tedeschi & DerekTrucks, And Many More Join ISC’s Judging Panel.

Past winners

Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music, from Rock to Jazz to Blues to Hip-Hop, and more. Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, hobbyist songwriters, and everyone in between. Winners have included Gotye, Kimbra, The Band Perry, Andrew Bird, Kate Miller-Heidke, Gin Wigmore, Missy Higgins, Carbon Leaf, King Charles, and many more.

Visit http://www.songwritingcompetition.com for an entry form or more details.