CONTEST: International Songwriting Competition 2018 - Unsigned Only

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Note: This listing is for the Unsigned Only category of ISC. If you would like to submit only to the general categories of the International Songwriting Competition, please apply here. 

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is the premier international songwriting competition in the world, giving away over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 US cash and more in merchandise and services.

Renowned for its high caliber of winners and judges, ISC offers you the chance to have your music heard by some of the most high-profile and influential figures in the music industry. 71 winners will be selected.

The Opportunity

ISC is an annual song competition whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. 

2018 Judges Include Tom Waits, Bastille, Kane Brown, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Hardwell, Portugal. The Man, and more. For a full list of judges click here.

The Band

  • The Unsigned Only category is open to anyone who is not signed to a major label record company (Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, EMI, or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints)
  • Songs entered into the Unsigned Only category must be entered into at least one other category (excluding the Unpublished category). Please note that there is an additional fee for the second category
  • Winners will be selected based on individual songs
  • The Performance category is based not only on songwriting but also the overall performance and delivery of the song. All genres of music are accepted in this category
  • All songwriters entering the Teen category must be 18 yrs old or younger by December 31, 2018. All genres of music are accepted in this category. Entering this category does not exclude you from entering other categories as well
  • Entrants in this category are eligible for all prizes

The Gig

Categories Include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Adult Contemporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children's Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Performance, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, Unsigned Only, Unpublished, and World Music. 

Additional Compensation Details:

  • Grand Prize Winner will receive $25,000 in cash along with other prizes
  • First, Second, and Third Place winners will also receive prizes from companies like D'Addario, Dark Horse Institute,  Lurssen Mastering, and more
  • For a full list of prizes click here