The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its esteemed panel of judges for the 2015 competition. The panel includes many iconic, high-profile recording artists such as Kesha, Boyz II Men, Moby, Pat Metheny, Lorde, Tom Waits, Sara Evans, Bastille, Avicii, Daddy Yankee, Casting Crowns, and many more. As well as Presidents and CEOs from Atlantic, Epic, Elektra, Sony Music Latin, Warner Bros., Tommy Boy, Wind-Up, Alligator, Concord Music Group, and more.
Designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting, ISC offers the opportunity for songwriters to have their music heard by some of the most influential decision-makers in the industry.
ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in merchandise and services. In addition to prizes, winners gain recognition, press, kudos, and more career opportunities. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music.
Last year’s ISC Grand Prize winner, Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy, was honoured for his memorable hit song, “Riptide.” In a statement, Joy said, “It is such an honour to win this songwriting prize. Writing songs is what gives me purpose, and I’m proud to receive this award.” The winning song “Riptide” turned out to be the song that launched Joy’s career worldwide and has since become a classic. He is currently on a six-month tour supporting Taylor Swift.
Joy is one of many winners who have included artists such as Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; For King And Country; and more.
The list of recording artists on the judging panel looks like this so far, but there are more to be announced:
Kesha; Tom Waits; Bill Withers; American Authors; Lorde; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Keb Mo; Avicii; Boyz II Men; Bill Withers; Keane; Hardwell; Robben Ford; Danilo Perez; Moby; Jon Secada; Daddy Yankee; Afro Celt Sound System; Anthony Hamilton; Gerald Casale (Devo); Sean Paul; Justin Townes Earle; Hawk Nelson; Jean-Luc Ponty; Shakey Graves; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Chayanne; Joy Williams; Matt Maher; Art Alexakis (Everclear); Far East Movement; Femi Kuti.
More information on entering ISC can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.