One of the largest and most prestigious songwriting competitions in the
world, ISC offers entrants a chance to win over $100,000 in cash and
prizes, including an Overall Grand Prize package of $10,000 (US) in cash
and $20,000 in merchandise. ISC is open to both amateur and professional
songwriters of every level, and all musicians, artists and songwriters
are invited to submit their original songs. The deadline for submission
October 14, 2005.
The ISC includes a world music category.
Modeste, an artist from Madagascar, now based in London (England), won in
the world music category in 2005. ISC provides the perfect opportunity for artists, bands and songwriters
looking to gain recognition in the music industry and have their songs heard by
some of the most influential members of the music industry, including presidents
of ten record labels and legendary artists such as Loretta Lynn, Sonny Rollins
and Tom Waits.
In addition to the cash and prizes, ISC winners also benefit greatly
from the industry exposure and media attention of winning a competition
as prestigious as ISC. Previous ISC winners have included: Tara Slone
(one of the 15 performers on CBS TV’s Rock Star: INXS); Carbon Leaf
(signed to Vanguard Records); Amanda Palmer of Dresden Dolls (signed to
Roadrunner Records); Chris Sernel of Escape From Earth (recently named
the winner of the MTV/COKE “Make It Real” Contest); Michael Flynn
(signed to J Records); Troy Verges, Blair Daily and Gordie Sampson
(their song “Paris” is
featured on Faith Hill’s latest album) and more.
The complete list of ISC 2005 judges include: Tom Waits; Loretta Lynn;
Sonny Rollins; John Scofield; Steve Vai; Macy Gray; Joss Stone; MercyMe;
Amy Ray (Indigo Girls); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); LeAnn Rimes;
Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse); Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan); BeBe Winans;
Peter Hook (New Order); Benji Madden (Good Charlotte); Charlie
Musselwhite; The Donnas; Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records);
Keith Wozencroft (President, Capitol Music UK); Glen Barros
(CEO/President, Concord Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President,
Alligator Records); Cameron Strang (President, New West Records); Dan
Storper (President, Putumayo
World Music); Michael McDonald (President, ATO Records); Alexandra
Patsavas (Owner, The Chop Shop Music Supervision – credits include The
OC, Grey’s Anatomy, Without A Trace, Carnivale, Rescue Me ); Darrale
Jones (VP A&R Urban, Atlantic Records); Chris Parr (VP Music Programming
& Talent Relations, CMT); Barbara Sedun (VP Creative, EMI Music
Publishing Canada); Tara Griggs-Magee (Executive VP of Gospel/Urban
Music, Sony Records); Leib Ostrow (CEO, Music For Little People), Thomas
Brooman (Co-Founder/Artistic Director, WOMAD); Cory Robbins
(Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Emily Wittmann
(Vice-President, Nick Records); Patrick Moxey (President, Ultra
Records/You Records/Sequence Records/Escondida Music/Empire Mgmt.) and
Danny Epstein (Music Supervisor, Sesame Street/Sesame Workshop).
Entrants can submit their songs into any of the 16 categories: Pop/Top
40; Dance/Electronica; Rock; Jazz; Instrumental; Performance; World
Music;R&B/Hip-Hop; Country; AAA/Roots/Americana; Gospel/Christian; Blues;
Folk/Singer-Songwriter; Children’s Music; Lyrics Only; and Teen (18 yrs.Old or younger).
ISC sponsors include: Epiphone, Berklee College Of Music, Fishman, ADK
Microphones, Tascam, Moog Music, L.R. Baggs, FYE, Hear Technologies, SamAsh Music Stores, Sibelius, Music Registry, Alphabet Arm Design,
Sonicbids, Mediaguide, ArtistMonitor, Disc Makers, Planetary Group,
ISC is now accepting entries for the 2005 competition. All entries have
to be postmarked on or before October 14. For entry forms or to enter
online, visit the ISC website at
www.songwritingcompetition.com or call 615.251.4441 for more information.