Wednesday, August 02, 2006

International Songwriting Competition 2006 (World music category)

Posted on behalf of International Songwriting Competition...

International Songwriting Competition (ISC) 2006 Judges Include High-Profile World Music Industry Executives
Enter Your Songs Now!

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now accepting entries and is pleased to announce some exciting new changes for this year. In addition to adding two new categories and many new judges, ISC has also increased the cash portion of its Grand Prize to $25,000 (US dollars), which makes it the largest cash Grand Prize in any songwriting competition.

ISC gives away over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including an Overall Grand Prize package of $25,000 (US) in cash and over $20,000 in merchandise, unmatched by any other songwriting competition. ISC winners benefit from extensive press and publicity, gaining exposure and recognition from an international music market of industry professionals and fans.

One of the largest and most prestigious songwriting competitions in the world, ISC welcomes original songs from musicians, artists, and songwriters at every level from amateur to professional.

ISC invites World Music artists from all countries to enter their traditional or contemporary songs. In addition to the World Music category, ISC offers 17 other categories, including: Country, AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Americana; Jazz, Pop/Top 40, Rock, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Blues, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Dance/Electronica, Children's Music, Lyrics Only, Teen, and Performance. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish in the same category or in multiple categories.

ISC provides the perfect opportunity for bands, artists, and songwriters to gain more exposure and have their songs heard by some of the most influential members of the music industry. "We've always been impressed with the talented songwriters who participate in the ISC. This is a great A&R source to find new artists," states Monte Lipman (President of Universal Records and 2006 ISC judge).

In addition to the great prizes and extensive exposure, ISC has been renowned for its prestigious judging panels throughout the history of the competition. Continuing in this tradition, the 2006 judging panel welcomes many new judges this year.

The complete 2006 ISC judging panel includes the following:

Recording Artists:
Tom Waits; Rosanne Cash; Frank Black (Pixies); Brian Wilson; John Mayall; Mark Chesnutt; Charlie Musselwhite; Amy Ray (Indigo Girls); Craig Morgan; Jerry Lee Lewis; MercyMe; Sean Paul; Blue Man Group; Robert Smith (The Cure); Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse); Medeski Martin & Wood; John Scofield; Cassandra Wilson; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Macy Gray; Peter Hook (New Order); Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan); and Tiësto (Producer/Remixer/DJ).

Music Industry Executives:
Charlie Walk (President, Epic Records); Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records); Dan Storper (President, Putumayo World Music); Thomas Brooman (Co-Founder/Artistic Director, WOMAD); Angel Carrasco (President of 605 Discos and Sr. VP of A&R, Sony BMG Latin America); Betty Pino (DJ, WAMR Miami/Pioneer of Latin radio); Manolo Gonzalez (Sr VP of Regional Mexican A&R and National Promotion, Univision Records); Cameron Strang (President, New West Records); Steve Lillywhite (Sr. VP of A&R, Columbia Records/Producer - credits include U2, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, and Peter Gabriel); Mona Scott-Young (President, Violator Records); Alexandra Patsavas (Owner, The Chop Shop Music Supervision - credits include The OC, Grey's Anatomy, Without A Trace, Carnivale, Rescue Me); Barbara Sedun (VP Creative, EMI Music Publishing Canada); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Danny Epstein (Music Supervisor, Sesame Street/Sesame Workshop); Tara Griggs-Magee (Executive VP of Gospel/Urban Music, Sony Records); Emily Wittmann (VP, Nick Records); Leib Ostrow (CEO, Music For Little People); and Larry Willoughby (VP A&R, Capitol Records Nashville.

ISC 2006 Sponsors include: ASCAP, Epiphone, Berklee College Of Music, Fishman, Sam Ash, Shure, D'Addario, Hear Technologies, Cakewalk, Disc Makers, Sonicbids, Musician's Atlas, Sibelius, Karian Studios, Planetary Group, OnlineGigs, The Music Business Registry, Mediaguide, ArtistMonitor, Sleepless Media, Platinum Blue Music Intelligence, Alphabet Arm Design, Musician's Atlas, George Stein, Esq., and Taxi.

Enter ISC online or download an entry form to mail in your entry.

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