12 junio, 2019
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Judges Include: Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Tom Waits, Kevin Gates, Camila, The Script, Cam, Bastille,
DJ Shadow, Sidewalk Prophets, Fleet Foxes, Kristian Bush (Sugarland), and Many More

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Established in 2002, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is the world’s largest songwriting competition and is open to both professional and amateur songwriters (signed or unsigned). A total of 71 winners in 23 genre categories share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash, and more.

Over the years, ISC has helped to propel many artists to achieve greater success, including getting record and publishing deals, licensing agreements, gigs, and much more. Past winners have included: Illenium; Vance Joy; R.LUM.R, Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Kehlani; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; and many more.

ISC offers the opportunity for your music to be heard by an elite panel of recording artists and music executives. The panel includes a lot of new judges this year and is comprised of high-profile recording artists and Presidents, CEOs, and A&R executives from many top record labels and publishing companies.



Dua Lipa

Fleet Foxes


Tom Waits

Kevin Gates

Tim Rice-Oxley

The Script



Kristian Bush (Sugarland)

Nancy Wilson (Heart)

(Eric B. & Rakim)

Walker Hayes

American Authors

Sidewalk Prophets

Danilo Perez

Gloria Trevi


Sara Evans


Kari Jobe

Matthew West


Mandolin Orange

Lonnie Liston Smith

DJ Shadow


Peter Erskine

Easton Corbin

John Mayall

Walter Trout

Joe Louis Walker

Ted Nash

Amadou & Miram

Nicholas Gunn

Ashwin Batish

Gordon Goodwin

Micah Tyler

John Tibbs

James McNally

to be

Additional judges include: Mark Mitchell (Co-President, Parlophone Records); Nick Burgess (Co-President, Parlophone Records); Jo Charrington (Co-President, Capitol Music Group UK); John Burk (President, Concord Music Group); Daniel Glass (President, Glassnote Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Nate Albert (EVP of A&R, Capitol Records); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, New West Records); Josh Bailey (Sr. VP of A&R, Word Entertainment); Jacob Edgar (Founder, Cumbancha); Kate Craig (VP of A&R, Warner Records); Golnar Khosrowshahi (President, Reservoir Media Managment); Gordon Kerr (CEO, Black River Entertainment); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Mike Easterlin (Co-President, Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner Records); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Music Publishing); Ben Blackwell (Co-Founder, Third Man Records); Aparna Nancheria (Comedian); Jimmy Pardo (Comedian); and many more…

Click here for the complete list of ISC judges.

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“Winning the Grand Prize in ISC is a huge honor for me, especially when you consider how many incredible writers entered. I wrote ‘Frustrated’ at a time when I was privately going through some very personal things that I honestly wasn’t sure anyone would understand, so it’s amazing to think the song would be honored in such a big way.“ – R.LUM.R, Grand Prize Winner 2018

“I am so honored to win the International Songwriting Competition. All the writers and I really fell in love with this song, and we’re happy that everyone loved it just as much!” – Illenium, Grand Prize Winner 2017

“It is such an honor to win this songwriting prize. Writing songs is what gives me a feeling of purpose, and I’m proud to receive this award.” – Vance Joy, Grand Prize Winner 2014

“I was extremely inpressed with the high level of songwriting and demo production from the contestants. It was a true pleasure listening to the songs!” – Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks), Previous ISC Judge

“It’s amazing to hear so many talented songwriters making great new music.” – Adam Lambert, Previous ISC Judge

“I consider myself a songwriter above anything else. It’s such a magical process, and I’m happy to see so many people participating.” – Kesha, Previous ISC Judge

“This was inspiring! It’s an honor to be a part of it.” – Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Previous ISC Judge

“As a writer myself, I’m always excited to hear great songs, and this competition has many of them!” – Chris Lane, Previous ISC Judge

“Very high standards!” – Jeff Beck, Previous ISC Judge

“There were some really talented songwriters – it’s great to hear such unique talent!” – Kane Brown, Previous ISC Judge

“It’s a privilege and honor to be a part of this journey.” – Danilo Perez, ISC Judge

“Very few places can bring such great talent like the ISC. It’s an honor to a be a witness to the future of music.” – Nas, Previous ISC Judge

“Great to hear all the new talent!” – Kristian Bush (Sugarland), ISC Judge

It’s great that ISC gives young musicians an opportunity to be heard on a world platform.” – Lonnie Liston Smith, ISC Judge

“The ISC recognizes that the art of songwriting transcends genres, borders, and taste into opportunities for performers to shine.” – Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim), ISC Judge

“We’re always been impressed with the talented songwriters who participate in the ISC. This is a great A&R source to find new artists.” – Monte Lipman (Founder/CEO, Universal Republic Records), Previous ISC Judge

“Really valuable competition that provides great access to artists.” – Mark Mitchell (Co-President, Parlophone Records), ISC Judge

“Really good quality, I enjoyed listening to the songs.” – Jo Charrington (Co-President, Capitol Music Group UK), ISC Judge

“Judging was fun, and there were some gems in here!” – John Esposito (Chairman/CEO, Warner Music Nashville), Previous ISC Judge

“If ambushing your favorite bands with UPS’d cassettes and CD-Rs tossed on stage hasn’t gotten your band noticed yet, the International Songwriting Competition should be right up your alley. Brian Wilson, Tom Waits, Robert Smith, Isaac Brock, and more are all judging the contest. Hell, the ISC is parked in your alley giving away free ice cream…Sheesh, talk about the chance of a lifetime.” Pitchfork

“The annual event is no run-of-the-mill vanity contest — instead, it’s a New York Times-lauded, Grammy-style event, in which winners are chosen by votes from industry legends.” Miami New Times

“In addition to great prizes, ISC offers the unique opportunity to have your music heard by the most impressive group of judges from a variety of industry backgrounds in any songwriting competition. This makes ISC the songwriting competition to take note of.” New York Times

“Entering the competition can be absolutely LIFE CHANGING…The opportunity and arena provided and the incredible exposure alone that contestants receive from the ISC is…priceless!” Jazz Monthly

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