International Songwriting Competition 2015

Posted by:  ISC / Unsigned Only


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In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, ISC is reopening submissions for ONE WEEK ONLY (December 15-22), and the fee is a very discounted $25 per entry.

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. 68 winners will be selected.

  • Submissions through June 10 - $25 USD per song
  • Submissions June 11 - September 10 - $30 USD per song
  • Submissions through September 11th - November 5th - $35 USD per song

The Opportunity

2015 Judges Panel Includes:

Recording Artists: Tom Waits, American Authors, Pat Metheny, Sara Evans, Bastille, Casting Crowns, Avicii, Daddy Yankee, Boyz II Men, Jon Secada, Keane, Anthony Hamilton, Justin Townes Earle, Keb'Mo, Bill Withers, Ke$ha, Lorde, Hardwell, Shakey Graves, Moby, Anthony Hamilton, Art Alexakis (Everclear) and many more.

Past Winners:Alec Chambers, Apache Darling, Brandon Chase, ChakLive!, Gretta Ziller, Hamish Anderson, Jay Stolar, Jon Samson, La Chiva Gantiva, Lindsey Harper, Mark Watson, Monik, Raquel Cole, Rita Satch, Sasha Gradiva, Secret Colours, Sharon McMahan

Industry Executives: Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records); and many more. 

For a full list of judges click here

The Band

ISC 2015 is your chance to join previous Grand Prize Winners Sonicbids members Kasey Chambers and Kimbra (and many more).

*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, 2015. All genres of music are accepted in this category. Entering this category does not exclude you from entering other categories as well.

 ***Any song entered into the Unsigned Only category must also be entered into at least one other category. Entrants in this category cannot be signed to major label record company or have distribution through a major label or its affiliates.

The Gig

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

Please note:

  • You may submit as many songs as desired in each category or enter the same song in more than one category.
  • If you have previously entered this competition through the International Songwriting Competition online platform, please do not enter the same songs into the same categories on Sonicbids. You are welcome to enter new songs, but if you submit the same ones, they will be duplicated and you could be contacted to provide further information on your submissions.