ISC Announces 2017 Judges

 

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 
  RECORDING ARTISTS 


Lorde  




Perry Farrell
Jane’s Addiction
Founder, Lollapalooza


Tom Waits


Nancy Wilson
Heart 


American Authors


Ziggy Marley


Hardwell


Bastille



Don Omar


The Mavericks



Sara Evans


Booker T. Jones


Billy Cobham 


Martie Maguire
Dixie Chicks / Court Yard Hounds 


Kaskade


Natalie Grant


Danilo Perez



Krewella



Matt Nathanson


Keane  


Femi Kuti


Nicky Jam


Ana Barbara

 
Vijay Iyer 


Art Alexakis
Everclear


Lonnie Liston Smith


Jesse & Joy


Vassy


Zach Williams


John Mayall


Gerald Casale 
Devo


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


  MUSIC INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES 


Dan McCarroll
President
Warner Bros. Records
 


Seymour Stein 
Chairman/CEO
Sire Records
  


Gordon Kerr 
CEO
Black River Ent.
 


Daniel Glass 
President
Glassnote Records


John Esposito 
Chairman/CEO
Warner Music Nashville



John Burk 
President
Concord Label Group


Afo Verde 
Chairman
Sony Music Latin


Nate Albert 
Executive VP of A&R 
Capitol Records
 


Josh Bailey 
Senior VP of A&R 
Word Ent.


Craig Balsam 
Co-Owner 
Razor & Tie 


Bruce Iglauer
President
Alligator Records
 


and more…

  
To view the complete list of judges, click here.

 

SPONSORS

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;  SongU.com; and Sweetwater Sound.

HOW TO ENTER

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. 

CATEGORIES

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.

 

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT 

CAD Audio
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GigSalad
Make money doing what you love! GigSalad is the leading entertainment marketplace, offering the promotional tools and exposure you need to book gigs. Join today (for free!) and start getting leads from event hosts in your area –  gigsalad.com/join.
INDUSTRY PARTNERS
Americana Music Association
The 18th annual AMERICANAFEST will take place Sept. 12-17, 2017. The event will once again bring together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw artist showcases by night. The Americana Honors & Awards Show is the hallmark event of the week’s festivities and will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium on September 13. For more information and ticketing, click here. 

The Blues Foundation
The Blues Foundation is THE organization that serves, represents, and fosters the global blues community. Their mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation networks close to 50,000 fans and professionals around the world with signature events such as the Blues Music Awards and International Blues Challenge, honors such as the Blues Hall of Fame and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards, and programs such as the HART Fund, Generation Blues, and Blues in the Schools. 

StarNow
Kick-start your music career with StarNow! StarNow is the world’s leading auditions and jobs website for musicians. As a member, you can apply to auditions and jobs on the site, be scouted in their Talent Directory, and work with some of the biggest names in the industry. Check out the jobs available now at www.starnow.com and get discovered!

East Coast Music Association
Since 1989, it has been the East Coast Music Association’s mission to foster, develop, promote, and celebrate East Coast Canadian music and its artists locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. They strive to succeed in their mission through the execution of their annual event (East Coast Music Week), educational sessions, trade missions, and their International Export Program. They also partner with special industry organizations to offer additional opportunities to their artists. Join them for the 2018 ECMAs in Halifax, Nova Scotia May 2-6, 2018.

Sundown Sessions Studio
Record your song online with Grammy and Juno award-winning engineers, session players, and music producer. At Sundown Sessions’ virtual recording studio, their world-class session musicians and engineers set the standards of excellence in their fields to work on your songs. Their senior music producer Chris Shreenan-Dyck has multiple Juno award-winning albums under his belt and is on the go-to lists of North America’s finest artists.

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