The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now accepting entries and is
pleased to announce some exciting new changes for this year. In addition to
adding two new categories and many new judges, ISC has also increased the cash
portion of its Grand Prize to $25,000 (US dollars), which makes it the largest
cash Grand Prize in any songwriting competition.
ISC gives away over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including an Overall Grand
Prize package of $25,000 (US) in cash and over $20,000 in merchandise, unmatched
by any other songwriting competition. ISC winners benefit from extensive press
and publicity, gaining exposure and recognition from an international music
market of industry professionals and fans.
One of the largest and most prestigious songwriting competitions in the world,
ISC welcomes original songs from musicians, artists, and songwriters at every
level from amateur to professional.ISC invites World Music artists from all countries to enter their traditional or
contemporary songs. In addition to the World Music category, ISC offers 17 other
categories, including: Country, AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Americana; Jazz,
Pop/Top 40, Rock, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Blues, Folk/Singer-Songwriter,
Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Dance/Electronica, Children’s Music, Lyrics
Only, Teen, and Performance. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish in
the same category or in multiple categories.
ISC provides the perfect opportunity for bands, artists, and songwriters to gain
more exposure and have their songs heard by some of the most influential members
of the music industry. “We’ve always been impressed with the talented
songwriters who participate in the ISC. This is a great A&R source to find new
artists,” states Monte Lipman (President of Universal Records and 2006 ISC
In addition to the great prizes and extensive exposure, ISC has been renowned
for its prestigious judging panels throughout the history of the competition.
Continuing in this tradition, the 2006 judging panel welcomes many new judges
The complete 2006 ISC judging panel includes the following:
Tom Waits; Rosanne Cash; Frank Black (Pixies); Brian Wilson; John Mayall; Mark
Chesnutt; Charlie Musselwhite; Amy Ray (Indigo Girls); Craig Morgan; Jerry Lee
Lewis; MercyMe; Sean Paul; Blue Man Group; Robert Smith (The Cure); Isaac Brock
(Modest Mouse); Medeski Martin & Wood; John Scofield; Cassandra Wilson; Darryl
McDaniels (Run DMC); Macy Gray; Peter Hook (New Order); Jeff Stinco (Simple
Plan); and Tiësto (Producer/Remixer/DJ).
Music Industry Executives:
Charlie Walk (President, Epic Records); Monte Lipman (President, Universal
Records); Dan Storper (President, Putumayo World Music); Thomas Brooman
(Co-Founder/Artistic Director, WOMAD); Angel Carrasco (President of 605 Discos
and Sr. VP of A&R, Sony BMG Latin America); Betty Pino (DJ, WAMR Miami/Pioneer
of Latin radio); Manolo Gonzalez (Sr VP of Regional Mexican A&R and National
Promotion, Univision Records); Cameron Strang (President, New West Records);
Steve Lillywhite (Sr. VP of A&R, Columbia Records/Producer – credits include U2,
The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, and Peter Gabriel); Mona Scott-Young
(President, Violator Records); Alexandra Patsavas (Owner, The Chop Shop Music
Supervision – credits include The OC, Grey’s Anatomy, Without A Trace, Carnivale,
Rescue Me); Barbara Sedun (VP Creative, EMI Music Publishing Canada); Bruce
Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Cory Robbins (Founder/President,
Robbins Entertainment); Danny Epstein (Music Supervisor, Sesame Street/Sesame
Workshop); Tara Griggs-Magee (Executive VP of Gospel/Urban Music, Sony Records);
Emily Wittmann (VP, Nick Records); Leib Ostrow (CEO, Music For Little People);
and Larry Willoughby (VP A&R, Capitol Records Nashville.
ISC 2006 Sponsors include: ASCAP, Epiphone, Berklee College Of Music, Fishman,
Sam Ash, Shure, D’Addario, Hear Technologies, Cakewalk, Disc Makers, Sonicbids,
Musician’s Atlas, Sibelius, Karian Studios, Planetary Group, OnlineGigs, The
Music Business Registry, Mediaguide, ArtistMonitor, Sleepless Media, Platinum
Blue Music Intelligence, Alphabet Arm Design, Musician’s Atlas, George Stein,
Esq., and Taxi.
Enter ISC online or download an entry form to mail in your entry.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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