ISC 2015 NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES
You can enter through the mail or online. Enter ISC's Early Bird on or before June 10th and save on entry fees - only $25 per song or category. 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:
• Lyrics (excludes songs that do not have lyrics)
• 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).
Winning my category in the ISC has been amazing for me. Besides the initial hype upon the announcement, not to mention all the prizes, I've been blessed with so many opportunities and have met some great people. My own career as a "performing songwriter" has benefited mainly because of the publicity that the win generated but also, artist managers and artists have been contacting my manager (and/or myself) ever since, to ask if i'd like to co-write. I'm very grateful.
Karl Broadie, First Place winner of the AAA/Roots/Americana category in 2005