This is a pretty cool opportunity to get your songs heard by a panel of luminaries including, amongst others:

  • tom-waitsTom Waits
  • Pat Metheny
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Bastille
  • Avicii
  • Wayne Shorter
  • John Hiatt
  • Keane
  • Martina McBride
  • Natasha Bedingfeld
  • Monte Lipman (Founder & CEO, Republic Records)
  • Dan MacCarroll (President, Warner Brothers Records)
  • Craig Kallman (Chairman & CEO, Atlantic Records)

You get the picture… some pretty huge difference-makers.

The entry fee is $35, and the deadline to sign up is November 4th, 2014. If you choose to sign up, good luck!

Here’s their press release and some info about how to sign up…


Now is your chance to enter what the NY Times calls “the songwriting competition to take note of,” and for a chance to share in over $150,000 in cash and merchandise, including a $25,000 cash Grand Prize (which is 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.

Now in its 13th year, the 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. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music, including AAA (Adult Album Alternative); Adult Contemporary (AC); Americana, Blues; Children’s Music; Comedy/Novelty; Country; Dance/Electronica; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Performance; Pop/Top 40; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Teen; World Music and Unsigned only.

Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; and many more. Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and a notable group of recording artists – many of whom are currently dominating the charts – ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

“This year we decided to invite more record company executives in order to open up more opportunities to songwriters and artists,” states Candace Avery, Founder and Director. “It is so difficult for up-and-coming artists to reach these elusive music executives, so this is an incredible chance for artists to have their music heard by the people who actually make career-changing decisions. We are very excited and honored that so many high-level industry professionals want to participate – this is truly unprecedented in any competition.”

Artist judges for this year include Tom Waits, American Authors, Pat Metheny, Sarah McLachlan, Bastille, John Hiatt, Wayne Shorter, Casting Crowns, Avicci, Darryl McDaniels (RUN D.M.C.), DJ Snake, Sara Evans, Chayanne, Newsboys, Martina McBride, Keane, Robben Ford, Danilo Perez, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Béla Fleck, Natasha Bedingfield, Jon Secada, The Chainsmokers, Jason Isbell, Aftro Celt Sound System, London Grammar, Michael W. Smith, Craig Morgan, Gerald Casale (Devo), Jean-Luc Ponty, James Cotton, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Matt Thiessen (Relient K), J. Holiday and Femi Kuti, and more.

Industry judges for this year include Presidents and A&R from 22 record labels including Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia, Virgin, Sony Music Latin, Mercury, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, S-Curve, Motown, Blind Pig, Concord Music Group, and many more.

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