International Songwriting Competition
Established in 2002, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) honours amateur and professional songwriters around the world and awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes in all. Winners are selected from almost 15,000 entries from all around the world. With an esteemed panel of judges including luminaries Tom Waits, Steve Winwood, Loretta Lynn, Jeff Beck, McCoy Tyner, Robbie Williams, Adele, Jerry Lee Lewis, Robert Smith (The Cure), and many more, winning the ISC Grand Prize is an extraordinary accomplishment recognizing excellence in the craft of songwriting.
Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners have included artists at all levels, from Grammy winners to hobbyist songwriters and everyone in between. To better level the playing field for unsigned artists, ISC has added this year the ""Unsigned Only"" category which is open to songwriters and artists not signed to a major label record deal, publishing company, or distribution deal. This category provides an excellent opportunity for unknown artists to compete against others on a similar level.