International Songwriting Competition 2011 Deadline Extended

By on September 24, 2011

International Songwriting Competition 2011

Deadline Has Been Extended – Click Here To Enter
The deadline to enter your songs has been extended to November 1, so you still have time to enter your songs. Enter 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. Sixty-six 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
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 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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Independent Mastering Independent Mastering

Independent Mastering is a Grammy award-winning state-of-the-art mastering facility featuring a wide range of digital workstations and vintage analog gear. The studio works with all forms of digital audio and tape. Their client base is worldwide thanks to FTP technology and international overnight shipping. Recent clients include John Waite, Jack White (of White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather), Cage The Elephant, Ray Benson, finishing Willie And The Wheel featuring Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel, and Nickel Creek’s Sarah Watkins with producer John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. For more information, go to:

Industry Partners
Guitar World Guitar World

A flagship brand of Future US Publishing, Guitar World is the worlds leading guitar magazine. Professionals and beginners alike turn to Guitar World for top-flight coverage of their favorite artists, from rock titans like Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett to contemporary stars like the White Stripes’ Jack White and Tool’s Adam Jones. Every issue of Guitar World magazine offers broad-ranging interviews that cover technique, instruments as well as Guitar Worlds famously thorough lessons and transcriptions. Guitar World also publishes the popular Legends newsstand quarterly issues, Guitar Aficionado, and a line of popular Instructional guitar and bass DVDs. Visit Guitar World now at

The 24th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference The 24th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference

The 24th Annual Folk Alliance International Conference is happy to announce that they are open for business. The event is comprised of four days of worthwhile industry workshops, panels, extensive trade show, health fair, over 200 official and 400 unofficial showcasing opportunities, and much more. Registration is open, and showcase applications are flowing in daily. Information on both may be found at or 901.522.1170. Please join them for a networking experience that is not only productive but also filled with creative spirit and fun. Folk Alliance International is committed to providing an outlet for all music that is indigenous to one’s culture. All are welcome to join them in Memphis, TN Feb. 22-26, 2012 for great opportunities and education.

The Americana Music Festival & Conference The Americana Music Festival & Conference

Best Music Festival” – Southern Living
The Americana Music Festival & Conference brings together legendary artists and the next generation of rising stars for four days of music and education. Confirmed to attend include Gregg Allman, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, the Civil Wars, North Mississippi Allstars and more, making it both the critics’ darling and place where artists want to be. Experience Americanafest Wednesday, October 12, through Saturday October 15, gathering thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. For more information visit

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Mid Atlantic Music Conference Mid Atlantic Music Conference

The Crossroads of Entertainment and Business, The Mid Atlantic Music Conference has reached out to Music Connection Magazine who has come on as their media partner for their upcoming event taking place October 6-9, 2011, at the NC Music Factory. The event will feature performances by 100 artists. The Industry Execs lined up are top in their field and bring a vast amount of knowledge. Confirmed panelists include Cappriccieo “Capp” Scates, SESAC, Manuel Seal, Jr., 5 time Grammy Award Winning Writer/Producer, James Shinault, SXSW for Music Festival Staffing, Production, and Booking, Lou Plaia, Reverb Nation, Co-Founder/EVP Music Industry Relations and more! Go to:

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SongfestExpress SongfestExpress

The place for Artists, Fans, and Venues. Artists register and upload their music, Fans vote for their favorite tracks. Each month SongfestExpress staff selects nominees from the Top 10 voted Artists from each qualifying genre. Selected Artists are entered into the Finalists Rounds in the 2011 In Tune Music Awards. Top Artists could also receive press coverage, be offered Agent representation, get paid bookings in major markets and be included in Music Festivals and other venues sponsored in part by MPY Presents. Register as an Artist or a Fan and Get Your Tune On at SongfestExpress. Go to: is the largest portal for official websites of hundreds of jazz musicians and organizations with more than three million views a month. They pioneer methods of using technology to benefit the Jazz community, and offer customized solutions for Jazz musicians and businesses. custom designs websites as well as provides links from musician’s sites to Features on include: the JazzCorner Jukebox where you can stream free tunes from musicians that are part of They are also a Google news aggregator and also have bulletin boards and forums for jazz called Speakeasy. JazzCorner podcasts were named “Best Music Podcast” by Southwest Airlines and are available for free through the site or on iTunes. For information, go to:

American Blues News American Blues News

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JAM Magazine JAM Magazine

JAM Magazine has been covering the national music since 1979. Based out of Dallas, TX, JAM’s online presence has allowed them to expand their operations beyond the Southwest. With staff in key cities throughout the United States and London, Jam Magazine covers a wide range of musical genres including all forms of rock, country, jazz, hip hop, indie, R&B and so on. Besides the national and international focus of Jam Magazine, they are also keen to cover the local and regional music industry. Their publication brings its readership a full circle of coverage of today’s top artists in both written and video form. Their website also has a dedicated section for unsigned regional bands. They also host a weekly two-hour Internet radio program. Check them out. Spread The JAM! And don’t hesitate to contact them. Go to:

Indie Rhythm Indie Rhythm

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Onesheet Onesheet

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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.