The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has extended its deadline to November 4, 2013 due to extremely high demand. The ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and over $40,000 in prizes.
ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform, Sonicbids, ReverbNation, Broadjam, or through the mail. Within this extended deadline period, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives.
Categories include World Music, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Americana, Blues, Adult Album Alternative (AAA), Adult Contemporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children’s Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, Dance/Electronica, Gospel/Christian, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Pop/Top 40, Performance, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, and Unsigned Only.
Judges for this year include recording artists: Nas; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Tom Waits; Imagine Dragons; Martina McBride; Bruce Hornsby; Robert Smith (The Cure); Keane; Simon Le Bon & Roger Taylor (Duran Duran); Josh Turner; Dido; Garbage; James Cotton; Brian Setzer; Florida Georgia Line; Mark Foster (Foster the People); Boney James; AVICII; Craig Morgan; Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show); McCoy Tyner; Michael W. Smith; Jon Secada; Anoushka Shankar; Black Francis (The Pixies); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Gerald Casale (Devo); John Mayall; Joshua Redman; Alejandro Sanz; Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Bombino; Jeremy Camp; Chayanne; Jason Isbell; Selena Gomez and Jimmy Needham
Sponsors include: Presonus, Marshall Amplification, Lowden Guitars, D’Addario, Solid State Logic, Berklee College of Music, Thayers, Independent Mastering, Airplay Direct, DiscMakers, Tunecore, SongU.com, Mrs. Fields Cookies, The Music Business Registry, Celebrity Access, Indie Venue Bible, Sonicbids, and Taxi
Entry information can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.