International Songwriting Competition


Tom Waits, Nelly Furtado, Ray Davies (The Kinks), Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), Robert Smith (The Cure), Loretta Lynn, Weird Al, Cassandra Wilson, and many more celebrities are teaming up with dozens of top music industry executives to choose the winners for one of the largest songwriting competitions in the world.

Now accepting entries, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) gives away over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including an Overall Grand Prize package of $25,000 in cash and over $20,000 in merchandise. ISC offers artists the most exposure, the best judges, and the biggest cash prize of any songwriting competition. ISC winners benefit from extensive press and publicity, gaining exposure and recognition from an international music market of industry professionals and fans.

ISC has announced a new category for 2007: Comedy/Novelty. Judging the new category will be comedy icons “Weird Al” Yankovic, David Cross (FOX TV’s “Arrested Development’), and Cheech Marin (Cheech and Chong). All original comedy, parody, and novelty songs are welcome in the new category.

In all, ISC offers 19 different categories to enter: Pop/Top 40, AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Rock, Country, Americana, R&B/Hip-Hop, Blues, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Latin Music, Instrumental, Dance/Electronica, World Music, Children’s Music, Comedy/Novelty, Lyrics Only, Teen, and Performance.

Since its inception, ISC has become internationally renowned for having the most prestigious judging panel of any songwriting competition in the world, offering entrants the unprecedented opportunity to have their songs heard by the industry’s top recording artists and influential music executives.

The competition is open to musicians, artists, and songwriters at every level from amateur to professional. Artists may submit as many songs as desired in each category or enter the same song in more than one category.

Entries are accepted online or by mail. For more information visit


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