ISC has announced the winner of the Stocking Stuffer promotion. Congratulations to Daniel Duke for his song, "Borderline." Click here for the finalists in "Pick Your Cause" and "Sing Your Heart Out."


ISC 2015 is now open for entries. You can enter through the mail or online. Click here to enter.

What is ISC?

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 musicians 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.

Win cash, prizes, recognition, and exposure!

68 winners will share in the 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.

Categories include: Adult Album Alternative (AAA), 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. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - in the same category or in multiple categories.

In addition to cash and merchandise prizes, winners benefit from a multilateral promotional campaign designed to give international exposure and attention to their songwriting achievements. 

Depending on the category, submissions are judged on the following criteria:

• Creativity

• Originality

• Lyrics (excludes songs that do not have lyrics)

• Melody

• Arrangement

• Overall likeability

Some categories may have additional criteria. Production/Recording quality and vocal ability are not criteria (except in the Performance category in which Vocals are a judging criteria).


April 10, 2015

Here's your chance to voice your opinion and pick your favorite finalist in the online vote, Peoples' Voice. Click here to... (MORE)

Winning the ISC is the highlight of my composing career. The prizes are fantastic. But to me they are a bonus to the confidence boost this has given me as a songwriter, and as an artist whose career has been rooted in my culture. Radio stations celebrated my win in their news bulletins, with one even describing me as 'a national treasure!'

– Moana Maniapoto, 2003 Grand Prize winner


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