ISC Announces 2017 Judges



Judges Include: Lorde, Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Tom Waits, Nancy Wilson (Heart), 
Bastille, Booker T. Jones, Ziggy Marley, Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks), Don Omar, Natalie Grant, 
Billy Cobham, Hardwell, Joe Louis Walker, Kaskade, and Many More 

Click here to enter.

ISC is the largest songwriting competition in the world and is open to both professional and amateur songwriters, signed or unsigned. A total of 71 winners in 23 categories share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash, and more.

Established in 2002, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is committed to helping songwriters and artists further their careers, offering the opportunity for their music to be heard by an elite panel of recording artists and music executives. The judging panel includes an impressive group of high-profile recording artists and Presidents, CEOs, and A&R executives from Warner Bros., RCA, Sire, Glassnote, Island, Razor & Tie, Sony Music Latin, Concord Label Group, Warner Music Nashville, Alligator, Interscope, Provident, Capitol, Black River, New West, Virgin/EMI, Word, and many more.

Winning ISC is a distinction that has propelled many artists to achieve greater success, including getting record and publishing deals, licensing agreements, gigs, and much more. Past winners have included: Vance Joy; Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; For King And Country; and many more.

2017 JUDGES 


Perry Farrell
Jane’s Addiction
Founder, Lollapalooza

Tom Waits

Nancy Wilson

American Authors

Ziggy Marley



Don Omar

The Mavericks

Sara Evans

Booker T. Jones

Billy Cobham 

Martie Maguire
Dixie Chicks / Court Yard Hounds 


Natalie Grant

Danilo Perez


Matt Nathanson


Femi Kuti

Nicky Jam

Ana Barbara

Vijay Iyer 

Art Alexakis

Lonnie Liston Smith

Jesse & Joy


Zach Williams

John Mayall

Gerald Casale 

Nicholas Gunn 

Ray Benson
Asleep At The Wheel

Amadou & Mariam

Walter Trout

Tony Joe White

Matt Maher 

James McNally
Martin Russell
Afro Celt Sound System 

Tommy Chong

Trilok Gurtu

Joe Louis Walker


Dan McCarroll
Warner Bros. Records

Seymour Stein 
Sire Records

Gordon Kerr 
Black River Ent.

Daniel Glass 
Glassnote Records

John Esposito 
Warner Music Nashville

John Burk 
Concord Label Group

Afo Verde 
Sony Music Latin

Nate Albert 
Executive VP of A&R 
Capitol Records

Josh Bailey 
Senior VP of A&R 
Word Ent.

Craig Balsam 
Razor & Tie 

Bruce Iglauer
Alligator Records

and more…

To view the complete list of judges, click here.



ISC is sponsored by: AKG By Harman; CAD; D’Addario; Disc Makers; Eventric; Gig Salad; JBL Professional by Harman; Lurrsen Mastering; Merch Cat; ONErpm; PreSonus;; and Sweetwater Sound.


You can upload or mail your songs, or you can give us a link to your songs, making it really easy because ISC will go to your page and listen to your songs there. Click here to enter. 


Adult Album Alternative (AAA), Adult Contemporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children’s Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Performance, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen (for songwriters 18 years old and younger), Unpublished, Unsigned Only (this category is open only to unsigned songwriters and artists), and World Music.

Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish – in the same category or in multiple categories.



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