LEGENDARY MUSIC ICONS JOIN RECORD LABEL EXECUTIVES TO SELECT ISC WINNERS

Tom Waits, Nas, Jeff Beck, Bernie Taupin, Martina McBride, Bruce Hornsby, Janelle Monae, McCoy Tyner,
Suzanne Vaga, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Are Among The 61 Judges To Select Winners In The
2012 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Deadline To Enter Extended Until November 1, 2012

Due to high demand, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has extended the deadline for entering songs until November 1, 2012. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform, Sonicbids, ReverbNation, Broadjam, or through the mail. Within this extended deadline period, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives.

One of the most prestigious and respected songwriting competitions in the world, ISC gives away a total of more than $150,000 in cash and prizes. This year ISC has doubled the amount of merchandise for the Grand Prize winner to more than $40,000 in prizes plus $25,000 in cash (US). Additional prizes include a custom Lowden acoustic guitar valued at over $11,000, a Marshall full stack amp, a studio package from Solid State Logic, a duplicator from Discmakers, and much more. Not only do ISC winners receive great prizes and media recognition, but winners also receive a lot of industry attention. Many previous winners have gone on to great success and garnered record deals, publishing deals, licensing deals, and even Grammys. ISC’s newest success story are past ISC winners Gotye and Kimbra whose song “Somebody That I Used To Know” recently charted at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for eight weeks in a row.

Entry information can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.

One of the most difficult challenges for artists is to get their music into the hands of the music industry’s heavy hitters, yet ISC gives this opportunity to each finalist. All finalists’ songs are sent to the judges who evaluate them and then select the overall winners. This year’s judges are unparalleled in prestige and accomplishment and reflect the pinnacle of success in contemporary music.

2012 ISC JUDGES

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); Jonas Nachsin (President, Roadrunner 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)

CATEGORIES

Adult Album Alternative (AAA), Adult Contemporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children’s Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Pop/Top 40, Performance, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, Unsigned Only, and World Music.

SPONSORS

Presonus, Lowden, Marshall Amplification, Grooveshark, Solid State Logic, Berklee College Of Music, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Airplay Direct, DiscMakers, Thayers, SongU.com, The Music Business Registry, Independent Mastering, Indie Venue Bible, George Stein, Esq., Sonicbids, Songtrust, and Taxi

For more information, contact Candace Avery at 615.251.4441 or email info@songwritingcompetition.com

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