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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Terms And Conditions


1. Each entry must include the following:

*Completed entry form.

*MP3 of song (unless entering the Lyrics Only category).

*If you are entering the Lyrics Only category, it is not necessary to submit music, and you do not need to specify a category or kind of music. You only need to upload the lyrics.

*Lyrics for each entry (please include English translation, if applicable, and type or print legibly).

*On or before March 31, 2010: $25 for the first entry and $20 for each additional entry.
*April 1, 2010 - July 15, 2010: $30 for the first entry and $22 for each additional entry.
*July 16, 2010 - October 6, 2010, all entries are $30 each.

*All songwriters entering the Teen category must be 18 years old or younger by December 31, 2010. All genres of music are accepted in this category. Entering this category will not exclude you from entering other categories as well

2. All entries submitted must be original songs and shall not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Songs may have multiple co-writers, but only one name should be designated on the entry form. Entrant shall, by entering, indemnify and hold ISC harmless from and against any claims inconsistent with the foregoing.

3. ISC is open to all amateur and professional songwriters and anyone regardless of nationality or origin. Employees of ISC, its families, subsidiaries and affiliates are not eligible. If entrant is under 18 years old, the signature of a parent or guardian is required.

4. Entrant may submit as many songs as desired in each category. Entrant may also enter the same song in more than one category. If sending entry by mail, it is preferred that entrant put all entries on one CD or tape, and it is required that the song(s) for submission and name of entrant be clearly marked on the spine of the CD or tape. It is entrant's responsibility to ensure that the submitted song(s) are complete and playable. All entry fees are non-refundable. ISC does not give feedback or a critique to entrants.

5. Entry materials (CDs or tapes) submitted will not be returned to the entrant. ISC is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, or misappropriated entries. ISC is not responsible for any entry that will not play or is inaudible or for any portion of an entry form that is missing or bearing incorrect information.

6. Entries will be screened by ISC, and the finalists will be sent to the judges who will select the winners. The judging committee consists of high-profile music industry professionals including record label executives, producers, and artists. Songs are judged equally on melody, composition, originality, and lyrics (when applicable). Lyrics may be in any language. Quality of recording and production will not be considered. All prizes will be awarded to the first name as it appears on the entry form, and division of prizes among co-authors is the responsibility of winners.

7. Finalists will be announced in February, 2011 and winners in April, 2011. ISC will use its best efforts to announce the winners at the designated time, but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays. Winners will be notified by mail and/or email. Winners will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that winner's song is original and he/she holds rights to the song. Failure to sign and return the form within the required time period or provision of false information may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. Affidavits are subject to verification by ISC and its agents. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's name, likeness, and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

8. Prizes: There will be no transfer and substitution of prizes except as necessary due to availability in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. If it is necessary to substitute a prize, ISC reserves the right to give the winner a cash substitute determined by the wholesale value of the prize. All winners agree to release ISC and sponsors from all liability regarding prizes won. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of winner. ISC will not pay any winners' taxes. Prizes will be sent out within a reasonable amount of time, and ISC will use its best efforts to send prizes out in a timely fashion. Please note that prizes which are being sent to winners from Sponsors may take longer than prizes sent directly from ISC. If the winner has not received any portion of prizes within 180 days and has not responded to ISC communication, ISC will no longer be responsible for delivery of prizes.

9. Entrant agrees that should his/her song(s) be selected as a winner, ISC shall have the right to include the winning song(s) on the ISC Compilation CD to be used for promotional purposes only. The CD will not be for sale.

10. Entrant retains all ownership rights to all submitted song(s). ISC will not have any ownership rights to any song(s) submitted.

11. Entrant acknowledges that all songs entered may be distributed to judges who will be selecting the winners, and Entrant agrees to release, indemnify, and hold ISC, its sponsors, and judges harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in ISC.

12. By entering ISC, entrant and/or their parents or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of ISC and its judges which are final and binding in all matters. Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official ISC Rules And Regulations as established herein and/or on the ISC website.