ISC Accepting Entries
Entry fee is $30 per submission. The deadline to enter is September 18. Click here to check out our judging panel - it is the best yet!
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE APPROACHING ON JUNE 2 - ENTER NOW AND SAVE
Only $25 per entry - click here to enter.
2013 WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
ISC is pleased to announce the 2013 winners. Click here. Congratulations to all and thanks to everyone who particpated!
2013 WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON 5/5/14
Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 6, so stay tuned!
ISC has announced the 2013 finalists. Click here to see the list. ISC also allows the public to vote, so you can choose your favorite. This is in addition to, and completely separate from, the regular winners selected by the judges. Click here to vote in the People's Voice.
2013 Semi-Finalists have now been announced. Click here to see the list. Finalists will be announced on March 3, 2014. Winners for the Stocking Stuffer and Social Causes promotions will also be announced on March 3.
entries are closed
Entries for 2013 are closed. Entries will reopen in March, 2014.
THE ISC STOCKING STUFFER IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES
Enter your songs now for the ISC Stocking Stuffer! Entries are open for one week only from December 16-23. The entry fee is only $25, and songs can be entered in any category. All submissions entered into the Stocking Stuffer will also be entered into ISC 2013. One Stocking Stuffer winner will be selected and win $1,000 courtesy of Radio Airplay and Jango, 4,000 Radio Airplay credits, promotion on Radio Airplay's social media outlets, and an artist spotlight in their blog and newsletter reaching over 65,000 members. All Stocking Stuffer entrants will receive 100 free spins to their Radio Airplay account.
Once the Stocking Stuffer closes, there will be no more chances to enter ISC 2013. So, enter now!
ISC 2013 Entries Are Now Closed
Entries Open Now
ISC is reopening entries until December 4 for two special events. Enter your love songs and songs about social causes!
Entries Are Now Officially Closed
But - look for some special promotions that will still allow you to enter. (Coming up in the next couple of months, so check back!)
Deadline To Enter Extended
You still have time to enter. The deadline has been extended until November 4th! Click here to enter.
Deadline To Enter Approaching Soon
Enter your songs now! The deadline to enter is 11:59 PM on September 18th. Songs must be postmarked or entered online on or before this date.
ISC 2012 WINNERS
Click here to view the complete list. Congratulations to all of last year's winners!
ISC FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
ISC has announced the 2012 finalists. Click here to view the complete list or go to the Winners page. Congratulations to all finalists and thanks to all who entered ISC this year.
Click here to check the list of 2012 semi-finalists. Finalists will be announced on Thursday, February 28th. Congratulations to all semi-finalists!
FACEBOOK EXCLUSIVE: View the Semi-Finalists one day early!
To see the list of Semi-Finalists, go to our Facebook page today! This exclusive preview is available for our Facebook fans only, so be sure to "Like" our page first.
Semi-Finalists will be announced right here on our website tomorrow, February 8th.
ISC IS NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES
ISC is now open for entries. Enter your songs into the 2013 competition by July 15 and save on entry fees.
ENTRIES ARE CLOSED FOR 2012
Entries will open for 2013 in February. This year ISC will announce all semi-finalists first, followed by finalists, and then the winners (after the judging is completed). Semi-finalists and finalists will be announced in February and winners in April. Stay tuned!
ISC wishes you a safe and wonderful holiday season filled with peace, love, and music!
ISC wishes you a wonderful holiday season. Watch for our special Chirstmas promotion to be announced soon!
ISC Opens Entries For Love Songs
Got a great love song? Reach over 40 million fans who are downloading 88.5 million songs per month on Myxer.com. Submit your love songs (until December 3) and be included on our Valentine's Day channel on Myxer.com. Also, your songs will automatically be entered in ISC's 2012 competition! Go to http://sonicbids.com/ISC2012.
ISC DEADLINE ISSUES DUE TO STORM
If you have been affected by Storm Sandy and have been unable to enter, please contact our office, and we will use our best efforts to assist you with your entry.
ISC Deadline Is Next Week On Nov. 1
The deadline to enter is 11:59 PM EST on November 1st, 2012. Click here to enter your songs.
Deadline To Enter Is Approaching On September 20
The deadline to enter ISC is right around the corner on September 20, so enter your songs now! ISC has a great line-up of judges this year including Nas, Tom Waits, Martina McBride, Bernie Taupin, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, and many more. Prizes include more than $150,000 in cash and prizes.
Early Bird Deadline Is Approaching On July 18
Enter now and save on entry fees! The ISC Early Bird deadline ends on July 18. To enter, click here.
Kimbra's Debut Album Goes #14 On Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart!
2010 Pop/Top 40 and 2011 Grand Prize winner Kimbra hits the Billboard Top 200 Album chart with her debut album, Vows. After a whirlwind of success appearing on Gotye's #1 song "Somebody That I Used To Know," (he was ISC's 2007 Folk/Singer-Songwriter winner), Kimbra's album was released on May 22. Congratulations to this talented artist!
Albums Released By Grand Prize Winners Kimbra and King Charles
Debut CDs by 2011 Grand Prize winner, Kimbra (Vows), and 2009 Grand Prize winner, King Charles (Loveblood), are now both out in stores. Both albums are really good, so check them out and support your ISC winners!
ISC 2011 WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
All ISC winners have now been announced. Click here to view the complete list of winners.
2011 WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON APRIL 30, 2012
All winners, including Peoples Voice, will be announced by midnight on April 30 (US CST). Stay tuned!
Peoples Voice Voting Is Open
Go to our Facebook page and like us, then click on the Peoples Voice tab on the left.
Vote For Crank Your Cred
Voting for Myspace Crank Your Cred is now open. Click here to vote. Each month for five months ISC selected two songs from entrants who submitted via Myspace. These 10 songs are now going head-to-head in a public vote. The winner will win lots of cool prizes!
Voting ends at 11:59 PM EST on February 27.
ISC Announces Finalists Soon
ISC will be announcing finalists and semi-finalists at the end of February. We will keep you posted.
ISC wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year. Thank you for being part of the ISC family.
ISC Reopens Entries For A Special "Stocking Stuffer" Holiday Offer On Dec. 12-16
To enter, click here. Entries are only $25 per entry!
Enter Your Love Songs Now - ISC Reopens Entries For Two Weeks
Extra! Extra! Love songs wanted for ISC’s “Sing Your Heart Out” channel on Myxer.com! ISC is reopening entries unti December 2 with a limited-time-only special offer to reach over 50 million fans through 88.5 million downloaded songs per month. Click here to enter.
entries are now closed
The deadline to enter has paased. If you experienced any difficulty entering or missed the deadline, please email of call ISC (info is on the Contact page).
ISC Deadline Is Extended To November 1, 2011
The deadline has been extended until November 1, so you still have time to enter. Click here to enter your songs.
ISC Deadline Is Today, Wednesday, September 21
The ISC deadline is at midnight on September 21, so enter now. Entries must be made online by midnight EST or posted through the mail on or before September 21.
Lucinda Williams Signs On As ISC Judge
Named "America's best songwriter" by TIME Magazine, Lucinda Williams has just joined the panel of ISC judges. We are so excited to have her participate!
"Dig For Fire" - Art Inspired by the Pixies
Check out this amazing art show: “Dig For Fire: Art Inspired by the Pixies”, a group show curated by Kevin Titzer at C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, CA. It opens on September 9th. The Pixies have been acknowledged as one of the most influential bands in the genesis of alternative rock. The much anticipated “Dig For Fire” exhibition is a celebration of their creative ethos. Black Francis, the Pixies' lead vocalist and guitarist, is a longstanding ISC judge. Click here for more info about the show.
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Enter Your Songs Now
ISC introduces new online platforms, offering you a choice of how to enter online! Of course, you can still enter through the mail or through your Myspace page.
ISC 2010 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
ISC Grand Prize Is Awarded To Australian Artist Kasey Chambers For The Song "Beautiful Mess" Congratulations to all 2010 winners! Click here to view the complete list.
Kasey says, "I honestly can't believe it. When I entered the International Songwriting Competition, I didn't think I even had a chance being up against songwriters from all over the world...I thought it would be fun to enter anyway. I've heard about the competition for a while, but it's the first time I've ever entered. What a buzz knowing that the judges were artists/songwriters such as Tom Waits, Ben Harper, Peter Gabriel, and Rihanna. Winning with the song "Beautiful Mess" makes it even more special as it's a song I wrote for my two boys, Talon and Arlo. Guess I'd better buy them an ice cream."
ISC EXPRESSES ITS CONDOLENCES
ISC wishes to express its condolences to the families and friends of ISC 2010 finalists Jens Winther and Dutch Tilders, both of whom have recently passed away. Both were wonderfully talented artists and national treasures in their home countries. They will be greatly missed. We know their music will continue to bring joy to the world.
For links to Dutch Tilders catalogue and more, go to:
Whole CD catalogue http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dutch-tilders/id266926654
Current 50 years Anthology CD link http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/going-on-a-journey-anthology/id386728347
Youtube video link: http://www.youtube.com/user/empireaustralia#p/f/3/ylLbMEuseX0
Anyone interested further can contact Empire Australia - firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info on Jens Winther, please go to http://www.jenswinther.net
Expert Views: Interviews with ISC Judges Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) and Chris Hillman
Did you miss these interviews? Click here to get their views on ISC, the music biz, etc......
ISC ANNOUNCES 2010 FINALISTS
ISC is proud to announce the 2010 finalists and semi-finalists. Click here to view the complete list. Congratulations! Thanks to all who participated in ISC 2010 and best wishes for a 2011 filled with great songwriting!
Winning ISC Can Boost Your Career
Winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. In the past five years, three of the Grand Prize winners have been signed to major label deals (Universal and Epic). Many more winners have secured publishing deals, smaller label deals, licensing deals, and distribution deals in addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition. Monte Lipman, President of Universal Records, talks about his role as an ISC judge: "We're always been impressed with the talented songwriters who participate in the ISC. This is a great A&R source to find new artists."
ISC Adds Unsigned Only Category
To better level the playing field for unsigned artists, ISC has added the "Unsigned Only" category which is open to songwriters and artists not signed to a major label record deal, publishing company, or distribution deal. This category provides an excellent opportunity for unknown artists to compete against others on a similar level.
Entrants in this category cannot be signed to or have any affiliation with a major label record company (Sony BMG, EMI Group, Universal Music Group, or Warner Music Group or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries or imprints) or have distribution through a major label or its affiliates. Entrants who are on independent labels, their own label, or no label are eligible to enter. Entrants may not enter any song into this category that is owned, wholly or partly, by any publishing company. These eligibility requirements apply only to the Unsigned Only category. The category will have one winner. Entries in this category will be eligible for the Grand Prize. Any song entered into the Unsigned Only category must also be entered into at least one other category.
ISC Monthly "Crank Your Cred" Contest on MySpace
Every month, ISC will pick one winner out of all entrants entering through MySpace. The winner will be prominently displayed on ISC's website and in an ISC e-newsletter which goes out to almost half-a-million musicians and industry professionals! Then, at the end of ISC, the winner from each month will go head-to-head in an online public vote, and the winner will win lots of cool prizes and mega promotion! The earlier you enter and the more songs you enter each month, the better your chances are of being picked, so enter your songs now. It's very easy to enter; if you have a MySpace page with your songs on it - simply email us a link to your songs (along with the entry form info), and we'll listen to them on your MySpace page! It's also the most cost effective way to enter - no songs to upload online, no post office to deal with, no postage fees! Go to http://www.myspace.com/isc to enter through MySpace. ISC will definitely Crank Your Cred!
Enter Your Songs In ISC's Two Special Events - Until December 4
Have your songs heard on Jango and Myxer! ISC is reopening entries until December 4! and will accept two very special kinds of songs: love songs and songs about social causes.
All artists entering a love song in any category (excluding Lyrics Only and Music Video) will be included on ISC's Sing Your Heart Out Valentine's Day channel on Myxer.com, a Top 10 Mobile website, in February, 2014. From this channel, your song will be available as a free downloadable ringtone for mobile devices. Your songs will also be entered in ISC's 2013 competition with a chance to share in $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a $25,000 cash Grand Prize!
When you enter the Pick Your Cause promotion your song will not only be automatically entered into the ISC 2013 competition, but you will also receive a free Radio Airplay account, and have your song included on the Jango.com radio station "Sounds Of Social Cause" along with major artists like Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more. You will also receive 100 free spins for each entry to your Radio Airplay account. One Grand Prize winner will receive 4,000 Radio Airplay credits ($100 value), promotion on Radio Airplay's social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, an artist spotlight feature in the Radio Airplay blog and newsletter reaching over 65K members, and top placement in rotation on Sounds Of Social Cause:http://www.jango.com/stations/335814143/tunein. Nine runners-up receive 500 Radio Airplay credits each, promotion on Radio Airplay's social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, and top rotation on the "Sounds Of Social Cause" station. Winners will be announced at the end of February, 2014.
Click here to enter.
Former ISC Winner Gotye Reaches #27 On Billboard Chart
Featuring Kimbra, Gotye's single "Somebody That I Used To Know" continues to climb the Billboard charts. As of today, it is #27 on the Hot 100 Billboard chart, and the album Making Mirrors is now #20 on the Billboard 200 Album chart. This is an impressive and well-deserved achievement for this talented artist!
The Band Perry Performs At 2012 Grammys
Nominated for Best New Artist, former ISC finalist The Band Perry performed with country star Glen Campbell during the Grammy Awards telecast. Congrats to them on their nomination!
Gin Wigmore, ISC Grand Prize Winner 2004
Take a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of "Hey Ho," the second track to be lifted from New Zealander Gin Wigmore's stunning debut album, Holy Smoke, on Universal Music. Go to http://www.ginwigmore.com
Sarah Blasko, ISC Folk/Singer-Songwriter First Place Winner, 2009
With rave reviews under her belt from Uncut, Mojo, Maverick, Rolling Stone, and more, Australian artist Sarah Blasko has now relocated to London to launch her career in Europe. Her newest album, As Day Follows Night, will be released in the US on August 10th. Sarah won the 'Best Female Artist' award at the 2009 ARIA Awards.
The Rescues, ISC AAA First Place Winner, 2009
Let Loose The Horses, the debut album from The Rescues on Universal Republic, hit stores in early July, and is being featured at Best Buy. The Los Angeles-based foursome had all been previous ISC winners individually, but their winning combination as a group garnered them the First Place win this past year for the title track to their album.
Jes, ISC Dance/Electronica First Place Winner, 2009
JES, riding high on her current success as the No. 1 artist to watch on Clear Channel's iHeartRadio, announced the August 2, 2010 release of her second single "Closer" from her critically acclaimed sophomore album, High Glow.
Jeff "Tain" Watts, ISC Jazz First Place Winner, 2009
One of the most in demand jazz drummers in the world today, Jeff "Tain" Watts holds the unique distinction of being the only musician to appear on every Grammy Award winning jazz record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis. Watts started his own record label Dark Key Music in 2007, releasing "Folk's Songs" in 2007 and "Watts" in 2009. Dark Key Music is a 2010 Grammy Award Winner for Best Instrumental Solo by Terence Blanchard for Dancin' 4 Chicken.