International Songwriting Competition is back for another year, with$150,000 in cash and prizes.

The world renowned International Songwriting Competition is back for another year, with$150,000 in cash and prizes.

Songwriters are encouraged to submit to a variety of genres, for their chance at the $25,000 grand prize.

Judges for this year’s competition include recording artists like Jeff Beck, Tom Waits, Foster The People, Martina McBride, and Duran Duran, plus Universal Republic Records President Monte Lipman, Dan McCarroll (President, Capitol/Virgin Label Group), and many more.

Early pricing ends on July 18th.


The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is the world’s leading songwriting competition, with over $150,000 in cash and prizes!
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musi…cians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry. 68 winners will share $150,000 in cash and prizes! ISC is a great opportunity for songwriters, musicians, and performers to win cash and prizes, further their music careers, and gain recognition and exposure in the music industry.
Submission Link – (Via Sonicbids)
ISC is the premier international songwriting competition in the world, offering more categories, the largest cash Grand Prize, more international winners, and the most prestigious judges of any songwriting competition.
Prizes include over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a $25,000 (US) cash Grand Prize.
Renowned for its high caliber of winners and judges, ISC offers you the chance have your music heard by some of the most high-profile and influential figures in the music industry, from iconic recording artists to record label presidents!
Previous ISC Winners’ Success Stories:

  • Gotye is currently all over the Billboard charts with his album Making Mirrors and the single “Somebody That I Used to Know” featuring Kimbra (also an ISC winner)
  • The Band Perry signed with Universal Republic Nashville. Their Grammy-nominated track, “If I Die Young,” entered into ISC, hit #1 on the Country and AC charts and went to #12 on the Pop chart! Their album went Triple Platinum, and they performed at the 2012 Grammys.
  • Kate Miller-Heidke signed with Epic.
  • Gin Wigmore signed with Motown/UMG. Last year she had the highest record sales of any artist in her home country of New Zealand.
  • The Weepies signed with Nettwerk Records.
  • King Charles signed with Universal Republic.
  • The Rescues signed with Universal Republic.
  • and many, many more…

ISC 2012 Judges
Recording Artists: Tom Waits, Nas, Jeff Beck, Bruce Hornsby, Martina McBride, Keane, McCoy Tyner, Wynonna, Michael W. Smith, Suzanne Vega; Bill Evans, Billy Currington, Robert Earl Keen, Janelle Monae, Baement Jaxx, Duran Duran, Robert Smith (The Cure), Alejandro Sanz, Matt Thiessen (Relient K), Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals), John Mayall, Jeremy Camp, James Cotton, Black Francis (The Pixies), Craig Morgan, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Tegan and Sara, Sandra Bernhard, and more to be announced…
Industry Executives: Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records), Brian Malouf (VP A&R, Walt Disney Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony/BMG); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Steve Smith (VP of A&R, Aware Records), Dr. Demento (Radio Host, The Dr. Demento Show); Anastasia Brown (Music Supervisor, FORMAT), Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Allison Jones (VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Group); Kim Buie (A&R and Artist Manager, Thirty Tigers); Leib Ostrow (CEO, Music For Little People); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Promotion, Nickelodeon); and more to be announced…
ISC categories include: 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**, Unsigned Only*** and World Music.
Please note: You may submit as many songs as desired in each category or enter the same song in more than one category.
*This category is based not only on songwriting but also the overall performance and delivery of the song. All genres of music are accepted in this category. **All songwriters entering the Teen category must be 18 yrs. old or younger by December 31, 2012. All genres of music are accepted in this category. Entering this category does not exclude you from entering other categories as well. ***Any song entered into the Unsigned Only category must also be entered into at least one other category. Entrants in this category cannot be signed to major label record company or have distribution through a major label or its affiliates.