The extended deadline for the International Songwriting Competition, which was established in 2002, is approaching on Nov. 6. Now in its 16th year, ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes shared among 71 winners, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and much more in prizes. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 23 categories to enter, including rock, pop/Top 40, EDM, folk/singer-songwriter, R&B/hip-hop and more.
Additionally, ISC is committed to helping songwriters and artists further their careers, offering the opportunity for their music to be heard by an impressive group of high-profile recording artists and Presidents, CEOs, and A&R executives. Participating on the 2017 judging panel include recording artists like Tom Waits, Lorde, Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Bastille, Hardwell, Ziggy Marley, The Mavericks, John Mayall, Tommy Chong, Don Omar, as well as industry executives from Electra, Sire, Glassnote, Chrysalis, Sony, Interscope, MTV, Warner Bros., Razor & Tie, Alligator, Island, and many more. Click here for full list of the 2017 judges.
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. Past winners include Vance Joy, Gotye, Bastille, The Band Perry, Gin Wigmore, Kimbra, Passenger, Kasey Chambers, Lindsey Stirling, Kate Miller-Heidke, Gregory Porter, King Charles, Kehlani, Andrew Bird, for King & Country, Omar Sosa, and more.
"One of the biggest challenges facing artists is getting their music heard by the decision-makers in the music industry," said Candace Avery, the competition's founder and director to Billboard. "Typically music executives receive so much new music each week that it is impossible for them to listen to even a fraction, or any, of what they get. Entering ISC offers an unique opportunity for artists to actually get their music heard by high-level industry executives, as well as some of their favorite recording artists."
You can enter the competition through ISC's website here.