Now in its 12th year, ISC is one of the largest and most respected songwriting competitions in the world, providing the opportunity for songwriters to gain recognition and exposure in all genres in the field of songwriting. Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services including the Grand Prize of $25,000 cash (the largest of any songwriting competition) and a scholarship to Berklee College of Music‘s Summer Performance Program for the winner of the Teen category. Last year ISC received over 20,000 entries from 119 countries worldwide in 22 categories.
JUDGES FOR 2013 SO FAR INCLUDE:
Tom Waits; Bernie Taupin (Elton John Lyricist); Martina McBride; Imagine Dragons; Dido; Josh Turner; Nas; Bruce Hornsby; John Mayall; Mark Foster (Foster The People); Florida Georgia Line; Avicii; Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show); Jason Isbell; Duran Duran; Jon Secada; Black Francis (The Pixies); Joshua Redman; Darryl McDaniels (Run – DMC); Keane; Bombino; Gerald Casale (Devo); Brian Setzer; James Cotton; Chayanne; Jeremy Camp; Michael W. Smith; McCoy Tyner; Craig Morgan; Anoushka Shankar; Boney James; Matt Thiessen; Selena Gomez; Alejandro Sanz; and many more to announced.
Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Capitol/Virgin Label Group); Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America Sony Music and President, Discos 605); Kim Buie (A&R and Artist Manager, Thirty Tigers Management); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Dan Storper (President, Putumayo World Music Records); Steve Lillywhite (Producer – credits include U2, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey, Peter Gabriel, and more); Anastasia Brown (Music Supervisor, FORMAT); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (President, Imagem Music Publishing); Lori Teig (VP of Talent, VEVO); Albert Schilcher (VP Music & Music Marketing, MTV International); Doug Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Talent of Nickelodeon); Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); and many more to be announced.
For more information on ISC please go here.