The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), renowned as one of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the world, has announced the 2012 finalists. To view the list of finalists, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners.
ISC experienced a huge increase in entries in 2012, receiving over 20,000 entries in 22 categories of contemporary music from 119 countries worldwide. The entries were narrowed down to 324 finalists who hail from 45 countries throughout the world, from Pakistan to Latvia, from Ecuador to Tanzania, from Trinidad to Ukraine, and everywhere in between. These finalists' songs have now been sent to the panel of ISC judges who will select the final winners. Judges consist of iconic music celebrities and high-profile music industry executives (see below for complete list). Winners will be announced in April, 2013.
In addition to the winners selected by the panel of judges, ISC opens voting to the public to pick their favorite song. The ISC 'Peoples Voice' runs for the entire month of March and is open for voting at http://www.facebook.com/internationalsongwritingcompetition.
Over the years ISC has become a benchmark for songwriting talent, and winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. Winners have included artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Band Perry, Amanda Palmer, Andrew Bird, Kasey Chambers, Gregory Porter, and many more. Many winners have gone on to be signed to record label deals and have secured publishing deals, licensing deals, and distribtuion deals, in addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition. Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services - including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and $40,000 in additional prizes. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo performers.
The complete list of ISC judges includes:
Recording Artists: Jeff Beck; Nas; Tom Waits; Bernie Taupin; Martina McBride; Duran Duran; Janelle Monae; Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks; Robert Smith (The Cure); Bruce Hornsby; Suzanne Vega; Michael W. Smith; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Mark Foster (Foster The People); Alejandro Sanz; Gerald Casale (Devo); Bill Evans; Anthony Hamilton; Brian Setzer; Avicci; Wynonna; Keane; Jeremy Camp; Tegan & Sara; McCoy Tyner; Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show); Francesca Batistelli; Craig Morgan; James Cotton; Robert Earl Keen; Black Francis (The Pixies); John Mayall; Anoushka Shankar; Chris Hillman (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers); Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Los Temerarios; Billy Currington; Sandra Bernhard; Basement Jaxx; and Matt Thiessen (Relient K).
Industry Executives: Dan McCarroll (President, Capitol/Virgin Label Group); Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Richard Stumpf (President, Imagem Music US); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Albert Schilcher (VP Music & Music Mktg, MTV International); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony/BMG); Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo Kids); Steve Smith (VP of A&R, Aware Records); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Lori Tieg (VP of Talent, VEVO); Dr. Demento (Radio Host, The Dr. Demento Show); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Kim Buie (Head of A&R, Thirty Tigers); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon); Allison B. Jones (VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Group); Jack Vaughn (VP, Comedy Central Records); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); and Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory).
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ISC is now accepting entries for 2013.