International Songwriting Competition 2011 – Deadline 1 Week

By on September 17, 2011

International Songwriting Competition 2011

Click Here To Enter – Deadline Approaching In One Week
The deadline to enter your songs is approaching soon (September 21), so enter your songs
now for a chance to share $150,000 in cash and prizes, including an overall Grand Prize
of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in prizes
Do you have great songs? Find out by entering the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) and gain worldwide recognition for your songs. Now in its tenth year, ISC has become known for its great prizes and elite group of high-profile judges who select the winners. Ask any music industry executive or songwriter which competitions rank as the most influential, and they will place ISC at the top of the list. ISC is a unique opportunity for songwriters to get noticed and compete for an opportunity to share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes.

ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world – including bands and solo performers. 66 winners will be selected, including a Grand Prize winner who will be awarded $25,000 in cash (US) and more than $20,000 in prizes (including a custom Lowden guitar valued at over $11,000)!

Entering ISC is easy: you can mail in your songs or enter online through Sonicbids, Broadjam, ReverbNation, Myspace, or the ISC online platform. All of these entry methods are available on the ISC website, so you now have many options.

ISC is proud to announce many new judges for 2011 – this means new ears will be listening to and judging this year’s finalists and ultimately selecting the 2011 winners (this could be you!). Don’t miss out on this unprecedented opportunity to have these iconic artists and high-profile industry pros hear your music!

ISC Judges
Lucinda Williams Signs On As ISC Judge!
Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams ISC is pleased to announce the addition of Lucinda Williams as an ISC judge! Named “America’s best songwriter” by TIME Magazine, Lucinda Williams is a legendary artist in the genre of Americana music, and we are very excited that she is participating as a judge.
ISC Judges
Recording Artists: Tom Waits; Tori Amos; Jeff Beck; Lucinda Williams; My Morning Jacket; Kelly Clarkson; Ozzy Osbourne; Keane; McCoy Tyner; Wynonna; Francesca Battistelli; Billy Currington; Tegan and Sara; Massive Attack; Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor (Duran Duran); Michael W. Smith; Janelle Monae; Alejandro Sanz; Johnny Clegg; Jeremy Camp; Ray Wylie Hubbard; John Mayall; Craig Morgan; Basement Jaxx; James Cotton; Sandra Bernhard; Trombone Shorty; Robert Earl Keen; Black Francis (The Pixies); Mose Allison; Robert Smith (The Cure); Amadou & Mariam; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); and Chayanne

Industry Executives: Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); David Massey (President, Mercury Records); 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); Anastasia Brown (Music Supervisor, FORMAT); Dr. Demento (Radio Host, The Dr. Demento Show); Allison Jones (VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Group); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo Kids); Kim Buie (VP A&R, Lost Highway); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon); Trevor Jerideau (VP of A&R, J Records); Antony Bland (A&R, American Recordings); Steve Smith (VP of A&R, Aware Records); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); and Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment)

Pop/Top 40, AAA (Adult Album Alternative), R&B/Hip-Hop, Adult Contemporary (AC), Rock, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Americana, Blues, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Latin Music, Instrumental, Dance/Electronica, Comedy/Novelty, World Music, Children’s Music, Lyrics Only, Teen, Performance, Music Video, and Unsigned Only. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish – different songs in the same category or the same song in multiple categories.
ISC News: August ‘Crank Your Cred’ Winners Announced
Each month ISC picks two winners from all the songs entered via Myspace in that month. At the end of ISC, the monthly winners will go head-to-head in an online public vote. The winner receives lots of cool prizes and the kudos of being the ISC ‘Crank Your Cred’ winner. Congratulations to the August, 2011 winners!
August ‘Crank Your Cred’ Winners
Geir-Arne Westby Sif Neo and Rasmus Neo
“You Ain’t Gonna Make A Woman
Out Of Me”

Geir-Arne Westby (Westby Band)
Halden, Norway
Sif Neo and Rasmus Neo
(Rather Sound Than Safe)

Djursland, Denmark
Crank Your Cred - Submit via MySpace to win

ISC Sponsors: Presonus, Lowden Guitars, Sennheiser, Posse, ASCAP, Berklee College Of Music, D’Addario, Thayers, Onlinegigs,, The Music Business Registry, SongTrust, Independent Mastering, Indie Venue Bible, George Stein Esq., Sonicbids, Taxi, and music Submit

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Songtrust Songtrust

Songtrust is the first online rights management solution that empowers independent songwriters and artists to manage their music publishing and related rights. Songtrust streamlines what has historically been a complex process of protecting song copyrights, collecting royalties, and maximizing creative licensing opportunities through one easy-to-use dashboard. Cutting through the red tape, Songtrust offers the most writer-friendly music publishing service agreement ever developed: their members keep 100% of their rights, get paid 100% of their royalties and can opt out at anytime. For more information visit –

The Indie Bible The Indie Bible

For 12 years now, The Indie Bible has helped thousands of independent artists gain valuable exposure for their music. The 12th edition features 4200 publications that will review independent music and 3400 radio stations that will play independent songs. Over 9,000 contacts in all. Included are 50 helpful articles written by music industry experts covering all aspects of the music business including music promotion, social networking, radio promotion, distribution and more! The Indie Bible shows you where to get your music reviewed, your songs played, and your music sold! For details and to order online, visit:

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Elmore Magazine Elmore Magazine

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Eco Arts Awards Eco Arts Awards

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Blues Matters Blues Matters!

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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.