This is the tenth year for ISC. However, the founder of ISC, Candace Avery, has been in the music business for over 25 years and has founded other high-profile, annual events that foster and encourage new talent: NEMO Music Festival, the Boston Music Awards, Fall Fest in Boston, and others. The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.
When is the deadline for this year’s contest?
The final deadline to enter is September 21, 2011. All entries must be postmarked/mailed on or before this date. If you are entering online, the deadline is midnight EST (US) on September 21, 2011. ISC reserves the right to extend the final deadline. ISC also offers an Early Bird deadline of July 15 with discounted entry fees, so enter early and save!
Does my song need to be original?
Yes, ISC only accepts original songs. So, songs that were written by someone else or a long time ago (in public domain) may not be considered original, even if they are rearranged. We do, however, accept songs that include some sampling of other songs (if used as background or filler) and parodies of songs (in the Comedy/Novelty category). Please do not send public domain songs that you have written lyrics to or rearranged (unless it’s in the Comedy/Novelty category).
In addition to many industry professionals, judges this year include: Massive Attack, Alejandro Sanz, Tegan and Sara Robert Smith, Tori Amos, Robert Earl Keen Tom Waits, Jeff Beck, Ozzy Osbourne, Keane, My Morning Jacket, Michael W. Smith and many others…