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March 6, 2014…Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition
(ISC) have now been announced. Recognized as the most prestigious
international songwriting competition in the world, ISC awards excellence in
the field of songwriting. Representing a broad variety of musical genres,
finalists were selected from 124 countries worldwide. To view the list, go
Winners will be announced at the end of April, 2014. Prizes include over
$150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services (including a Grand Prize of
$25,000 cash and $40,000 in additional prizes). ISC is open to amateur and
professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo
performers. Winners are selected by a panel of high-profile recording
artists and music industry executives.
In addition to the winners selected by the panel of judges, ISC opens voting
to the public to pick their favorite song. The ISC People’s Voice runs for
the entire month of March and is open for voting at
Over the years ISC has become a benchmark for songwriting talent, and
winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. Winners have included
artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Band Perry, Passenger,
Bastille, Kasey Chambers, Gregory Porter, Lindsey Stirling, and many more.
Many winners have gone on to be signed to record label deals and have
secured publishing deals, licensing deals, and distribution deals, in
addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition.

The complete list of ISC judges includes:
Recording Artists: Tom Waits; Nas; Imagine Dragons; Josh Turner; Bernie
Taupin; Martina McBride; Duran Duran; Garbage; Robert Smith (The Cure);
Selena Gomez; Bruce Hornsby; Florida Georgia Line; Dido; Michael W. Smith;
Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Mark Foster (Foster The People); Alejandro Sanz;
Gerald Casale (Devo); Jason Isbell; Joshua Redman; Brian Setzer; Avicii;
Keane; Jeremy Camp; McCoy Tyner; Jon Secada; Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine
Show); Boney James; Craig Morgan; James Cotton; Black Francis (Pixies); John
Mayall; Anoushka Shankar; Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Bombino;
Chayanne; Jimmy Needham; and Matt Thiessen (Relient K).

Industry Executives: Dan McCarroll (President, Capitol/Virgin Label Group);
Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); Alison Donald
(Co-President, Columbia Records UK); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records);
Bryan Leach (Sr. VP of A&R Urban, RCA Records and President, Polo Grounds
Music); Richard Stumpf (President, Imagem Music US); Bruce Iglauer
(Founder/President, Alligator Records); Albert Schilcher (VP Music & Music
Mktg, MTV International); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America,
Sony/BMG); Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo
Kids); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Lori Tieg
(VP of Talent, VEVO); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Kim Buie (Head of A&R,
Thirty Tigers); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Talent,
Nickelodeon); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); and Jamie
Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory).

ISC is sponsored by: Presonus, Lowden, Marshall Amplification, Solid State
Logic, Berklee College of Music, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Airplay Direct,
D’Addario, DiscMakers, Thayers,, Sonicbids, The Music Business
Registry, Indie Venue Bible, Celebrity Access, TuneCore, Independent
Mastering, George Stein, Esq., Songtrust, and Taxi

ISC is now accepting entries for 2014. More information can be found at
Contact: Candace Avery at [email protected] or call 615.251.4441.
International Songwriting Competition
1307 Eastland Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206
ph: 615.251.4441, fx: 615.251.4442