Prominent World Music Artists to Judge 2008 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

ISCLogo_BlueWell-known world music artists Youssou N’Dour, Angelique Kidjo, and music industry executive Dan Storper (President, Putumayo World Music) have all signed up as judges for this year’s International Songwriting Competition (ISC). These artists are just some of the prestigious judges who will participate in ISC this year. Add in Tom Waits, Chaka Khan, Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Ray Davies (The Kinks), Jon Secada, T-Pain, Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Martin and many more, and you have the most impressive panel of judges in any songwriting competition. An equally impressive group of top-level music industry executives rounds out the panel. Consistent in its tradition of having such esteemed judges, ISC continues to raise the bar for songwriting competitions.

Candace Avery, Founder and Director, states, "The caliber of judges for the World Music category is particularly high this year, and we are really honored that these judges want to participate and listen to the songs of our entrants."

The opportunity to have these judges hear the songs is only part of the reason to enter ISC. Recognition, exposure, kudos, and prizes (more than $150,000 in cash and prizes will be shared among the 62 winners – including an overall Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in prizes) are other equally enticing reasons for entering ISC.

ISC accepts original songs from musicians, artists, groups, and songwriters at every level from amateur to professional. ISC’s World Music category includes all genres of traditional and contemporary World Music. Songwriters entering this category may also enter any other categories.

In addition to the World Music category, ISC also offers 19 other categories of music to enter. New this year is a Music Video category, and ISC has included the following prestigious industry executives as judges: Amy Doyle (Sr. VP of Music and Talent at MTV) and Rick Krim (Executive VP of Talent and Programming for VH1).

Go to to enter songs via mail or online.


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