Tuesday, September 15, 2009

International Songwriting Competition

Drawing from the top echelon of recording artists and music industry executives, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has assembled its most impressive panel of judges in its history. ISC judges select all winners, offering an unprecedented opportunity for aspiring songwriters and musicians to have their songs heard by these iconic and influential artists and industry decision-makers.

ISC also gives away tons of cool prizes (over $150,000 in cash, musical equipment, and services). However, winning ISC isn't just about the cash and prizes. The recognition, exposure, and kudos of winning ISC add to the reasons to enter and benefits of winning. Everything ISC offers is for the purpose of helping artists achieve their goals and nurturing their careers. ISC is looking for great songs and songwriters - so, whether you're a professional songwriter or just starting out, ISC welcomes your entries.

It's very easy to submit your songs. You can enter online (mp3) or mail your songs (CD, tape, or DVD for music video entries). You can also enter through MySpace if you have a MySpace page - which is really easy because ISC will go to your page and listen to your songs there (you don't even need to send us your songs!).

Click here to enter.

Don't forget - ISC has a Music Video category that you can also enter. Judges for this category include head honchos from MTV and VH1 (see below). Last year we received a lot of great videos, so we are excited to see the new videos this year! If you want to have your videos viewed by these influential professionals, make sure you enter the ISC Music Video category.

ISC Judges include:

Monte Lipman
Seymour Stein
Amanda Ghost
Ric Arboit
Amy Doyle
Rick Krim
Kings of Leon
Grammy Nominee Tom Waits
Grammy Winner Steve Winwood
Grammy Winner Loretta Lynn
Rob Thomas
Matchbox 20
Grammy Nominee McCoy Tyner
Grammy Winner Robbie Williams
Grammy Nominee Adele
Grammy Winner Alejandro Sanz
Jeff Beck
Jerry Lee Lewis
Michael W. Smith
James Mercer
The Shins
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Al Yankovic
John Mayall
Additional judges include:

Recording Artists: Wynonna; Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol); Jeffrey Steele; James Cotton; Craig Morgan; Chris Hillman (The Byrds); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); John Scofield; Black Francis (The Pixies); DJ Tiësto; Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Sasha; John Digweed; Youssou N'Dour; Robert Earl Keen; Baaba Maal; Mario; Jeremy Camp; Matt Thiessen (Relient K); and Sandra Bernhard

Industry Executives: James Diener (President, A&M/Octone Records); Mitchell Cohen (VP of A&R, Verve Music Group); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP of A&R, Latin America Sony BMG and President, Discos 605); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Dan Storper (President, Putumayo World Music); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, Lost Highway); Lisa Ramsey Perkins (Sr. Director, A&R, Sony Nashville); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Brian Malouf (VP A&R, Walt Disney Records); and Dr. Demento (Radio Host of The Dr. Demento Show)

ISC is pleased to announce the addition of a new category this year: Adult Contemporary (AC)

Entrants may submit songs in any of the following categories: Pop/Top 40, AAA (Adult Album Alternative), R&B/Hip-Hop, Adult Contemporary (AC), Rock, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Americana, Blues, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Latin Music, Instrumental, Dance/Electronica, Comedy/Novelty, World Music, Children's Music, Lyrics Only, Teen, Performance, and Music Video. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - in the same category or in multiple categories.

Please go to www.songwritingcompetition.com for an entry form or more details.

ISC Sponsors: Gibson, ASCAP, Berklee College Of Music, Disc Makers, D'Addario, Shure, JamHub, Thayers, FanCue, Onlinegigs, SongU.com, The Music Business Registry, Tanager AudioWorks, Shari's Berries, Independent Mastering, Indie Venue Bible, George Stein, Esq., Sonicbids, Taxi, Music Submit, CelebrityAccess, and Alphabet Arm Design

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