CONTEST: International Songwriting Competition 2018

Posted by:  ISC / Unsigned Only


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ISC will be awarding over $150,000 in cash and prizes shared among 71 winners, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and prizes from companies like The Tracking Room, Lurssen Mastering, Gig Salad, and more 

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. 

 Past Soncbids winners include Tim Gearan, Ira Woolf & Jon Samson.

The Opportunity

Now in its 17th year, ISC is an international songwriting competition open to both amateur and professional songwriters.  The competition is open to both signed and unsigned artists (bands, duos, solo performers, etc.) and 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.

2018 Judges Include Tom Waits, Bastille, Kane Brown, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Hardwell, Portugal. The Man, and more.

Past Winners Include Vance Joy, Gotye, Bastille, The Band Perry, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, and Andrew Bird. 

The Band

  • Winners will be selected based on individual songs
  • Professional recording is not required for submitting
  • 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
  • Depending on the category, submissions are judged on the following criteria: Creativity, Originality, Lyrics, Melody, and Arrangement (Some categories may have additional criteria).
  • Note: Teen category entrants must be 18 yrs. old or younger by December 31, 2018. If there are multiple songwriters, they must all adhere to this age requirement. 

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Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Performance, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, Unsigned Only, Unpublished, and World Music.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 The Tracking Room, Lurssen Mastering, Gig Salad, and more. 
  • For a full list of prizes click here