International Songwriting Competition 2010

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Your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get your songs in front of some of the most high-profile and influential figures in the music industry, including iconic recording artists Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel, Rihanna, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper, Jeff Beck, Timbaland, Ben Folds, John Scofield, Jerry Lee Lewis, Robert Smith, Black Francis, DMC, Regina Spektor, Ray Wylie Hubbard, John Mayall, Toots Hibbert, and many more is coming to an end. Enter your songs for what the New York Times calls "the songwriting competition to take note of."
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Over $150,000 in cash and prizes including a $25,000 cash prize to the 2010 Grand Prize winner! ISC is the premier international songwriting competition in the world, offering more categories, the largest cash Grand Prize, more international winners, and the most prestigious judges of any songwriting competition. Not only that, but 65% of its winners entered through Sonicbids in 2009 and nearly 70% of the honorable mentions were Sonicbids members!

Artists that submitted between December 13th and 17th remain eligible for the Stocking Stuffer song contest presented by Musicians Friend. Winners will be announced in February 2011 along with the overall finalists.

Renowned for its high caliber of 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, from iconic recording artists to record label presidents!

Judges for 2010 include:

Michael W. Smith; John Scofield; Jerry Lee Lewis; Adele; Black Francis (The Pixies); Robert Smith (The Cure); Chris Hillman (The Byrds); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Regina Spektor; Alejandro Sanz; Jeremy Camp; Ray Wylie Hubbard; Montel Jordan; John Mayall; Craig Morgan; Jazmine Sullivan; DJ Tiesto; James Cotton; Sandra Bernhard; Robert Earl Keen; Baaba Maal; John Digweed; K'Naan; Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Terence Blanchard; and more TBA.

Music Industry Professionals: Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); Amanda Ghost (President Epic Records); Rick Krim (Exec. VP, Talent & Music Programming, VH1); Brian Malouf VP A&R Walt Disney Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony/BMG); Ric Arboit (President Nettwerk Music Group); Daniel Glass (Founder/CEO, Glassnote Entertainment Group); Cory Robbins (Founder/President Robbins Entertainment); Dr. Demento (Radio Host The Dr. Demento Show); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo Kids); Lisa Ramsey Perkins (Sr. Director, A&R Sony Nashville) and Kim Buie (VP A&R Lost Highway); and more TBA.

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

You may submit as many songs as desired in each category or enter the same song in more than one category.

*This 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, 2010. 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. Entrants who are on independent labels, their own label, or no label are eligible to enter.


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