Friday, September 26, 2008

Only 3 Weeks Until ISC Deadline on October 15th

Hurry! There are less than three weeks left to enter the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), and ISC has made it even easier for you to submit your songs! Instead of searching for packing materials and trying to find time to get to the post office, you can enter online with your mp3s. It's very easy and fast. Visit ISC at to enter online. If you'd like to enter through the mail, click here for an entry form and more information.

ISC gives away over $150,000 in cash and prizes to 62 winners (not to mention the press, recognition, exposure, and kudos!). The Overall Grand Prize includes $25,000 (US) in cash - the largest cash Grand Prize of any songwriting competition in the world - and over $20,000 in prizes. ISC welcomes entries from songwriters throughout the world, whether you're an amateur recording in your basement or you've just finished a new studio album.

New Category For 2008: (ISC) has added a brand new Music Video category this year and has solicited many high-profile judges in the music video arena to judge the entries, including Amy Doyle (Sr. VP of Music and Talent, MTV); Rick Krim (Executive VP Talent and Programming, VH1); and more. This is your chance to get your video seen by the industry executives who actually make the decisions about which videos get played.

Entrants may submit songs in any of the following categories: Pop/Top 40, AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Rock, Country, Americana, R&B/Hip-Hop, Blues, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Latin Music, Instrumental, Dance/Electronica, Comedy/Novelty, World Music, Children's Music, Lyrics Only, Teen, Performance, and Music Video. Multiple songs may be submitted in each category or the same song may be entered in more than one category.

A total of 55 high-profile music icons and industry executives have joined together to judge the 2008 ISC. Consistent in its tradition of having such esteemed judges, ISC continues to raise the bar for songwriting competitions. The opportunity to have these judges hear your songs offers you an unprecedented chance to access these hard-to-reach, influential decision-makers - the movers and shakers in the music industry. ISC judges might even include some of your favorite recording artists - songwriters who have influenced your music.

The Complete List of 2008 Judges Include:

Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20); Chaka Khan; Tom Waits; KT Tunstall; Robert Smith (The Cure); Ricky Martin; Loretta Lynn; Neil Finn (Crowded House); Buckcherry; T-Pain; James Cotton; Jerry Lee Lewis; Craig Morgan; Ray Davies (The Kinks); McCoy Tyner; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Michael W. Smith; Chris Hillman (The Byrds); John Scofield; Mario; Black Francis (The Pixies); Youssou N'Dour; John Mayall; DJ Tiësto; Paul Van Dyk; Jon Secada; Natalie Grant; Jeremy Camp; Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Pittbull; Angelique Kidjo; "Weird Al" Yankovic; Sandra Bernhard; and David Brenner.

Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records); Nick Burgess (Head of A&R, Virgin Records UK); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP of A&R, Latin America Sony BMG and President, Discos 605); Cameron Strang (President, New West Records); John Echevarria (President, Universal Music Latino); Rick Krim (Executive VP Talent and Programming, VH1); Amy Doyle (Sr. VP of Music and Talent, MTV); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, Lost Highway); Jon Pikus (Director of A&R, MySpace Records); Mitchell Cohen (VP of A&R, Verve Music Group); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Dan Storper (President, Putumayo World Music); Rene Bell (Executive VP A&R, Sony BMG Nashville); Peter Strickland (Senior VP, Jack Records/Warner Bros.); Steve Lillywhite (Producer - credits include U2, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey, Peter Gabriel, and more); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Betty Pino (DJ, WAMR Miami); Paul Majors (CEO/Founder Majors Music); Leib Ostrow (CEO, Music for Little People); and Dr. Demento (Radio Host of The Dr. Demento Show)

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