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  • International Songwriting Comp Announces 2014 Judges

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    14 Record Label Presidents and CEOs Join Recording Artists To Judge The 2014 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

    Sarah McLachlan, Tom Waits, American Authors, Pat Metheny, Sara Evans, Bastille, Avicii, Wayne Shorter, Casting Crowns, John Hiatt, and Many More To Select ISC Winners

    Click here to enter!
    July 2, 2014 — The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) today announced its judging panel for the 2014 competition which is now accepting entries. This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia, Virgin, Sony Music Latin, Mercury, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, S-Curve, Blind Pig, and Concord Music Group.

    Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and a notable group of recording artists - many of whom are currently dominating the charts - ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

    "This year we decided to invite more record company executives in order to open up more opportunities to songwriters and artists," states Candace Avery, Founder and Director. "It is so difficult for up-and-coming artists to reach these elusive music executives, so this is an incredible chance for artists to have their music heard by the people who actually make career-changing decisions. We are very excited and honored that so many high-level industry professionals want to participate - this is truly unprecedented in any competition."

    ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and much more in merchandise and services. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; and many more.
    ISC Judges
    Recording Artists

    Tom Waits
    Tom Waits
    sp10.gif American Authors
    American Authors
    sp10.gif Pat Metheny
    Pat Metheny
    sp10.gif Sarah McLachlin
    Sarah McLachlin
    sp10.gif Bastille
    John Hiatt
    John Hiatt
    sp10.gif Wayne Shorter
    Wayne Shorter
    sp10.gif Casting Crowns
    Casting Crowns
    sp10.gif Avicci
    sp10.gif Darryl McDaniels - RUN D.M.C.
    Darryl McDaniels
    RUN D.M.C.
    DJ Snake
    DJ Snake
    sp10.gif Sara Evans
    Sara Evans
    sp10.gif Chayanne
    sp10.gif Newsboys
    sp10.gif Martina McBride
    Martina McBride

    Keane; Robben Ford; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Natasha Bedingfield; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); J. Holiday; and more to be announced...

    Industry Executives


    Monte Lipman - Founder/Chairman/CEO, Republic Records
    Monte Lipman
    Chairman/CEO Republic Records
    sp10.gif Craig Kallman - Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records
    Craig Kallman
    Chairman/CEO Atlantic Records
    sp10.gif Dan McCarroll - President, Warner Bros Records
    Dan McCarroll
    Warner Bros Records
    sp10.gif Jeff Castelaz - President, Elektra Records
    Jeff Castelaz
    Elektra Records
    sp10.gif Alison Donald - Co-President, Columbia Records UK
    Alison Donald
    Columbia Records UK
    Ted Cockle - President, Virgin Records UK
    Ted Cockle
    Virgin Records UK
    sp10.gif Nir Seroussi - President, Sony Music Latin
    Nir Seroussi
    Sony Music Latin
    sp10.gif Rosie Lopez - President, Tommy Boy Ent.
    Rosie Lopez
    Tommy Boy Ent.
    sp10.gif Ed Vetri - President, Wind-Up Records
    Ed Vetri
    Wind-Up Records
    sp10.gif Glen Barros - President, Concord Music Group
    Glen Barros
    Concord Music Group
    Bruce Iglauer - President, Alligator Records
    Bruce Iglauer
    Alligator Records
    sp10.gif Keith Naftaly - Executive VP of A&R, RCA Records
    Keith Naftaly
    Executive VP of A&R RCA Records
    sp10.gif Steve Greenberg - CEO, S-Curve Records
    Steve Greenberg
    S-Curve Records
    sp10.gif Joseph Burney - VP of A&R, RCA Inspiration Records
    Joseph Burney
    VP of A&R
    RCA Inspiration Records
    sp10.gif Gary Briggs - Senior VP of A&R, New West Records
    Gary Briggs
    Senior VP of A&R
    New West Records

    Mike Smith (President, Mercury Records UK); Rex Rideout (VP of A&R, Motown Records); Edward Chmelewski (President, Blind Pig Records); Jay Landers (Executive VP of A&R, Verve Music Group); Bryan Stewart (VP of A&R, Curb Records); Jason McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group / Sony Music Entertainment); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Sony Latin America); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Kim Buie (A&R, Thirty Tigers); Albert Schilcher (VP of Music and Music Marketing, MTV International); Lori Teig (VP of Talent, VEVO); Jermaine Hall (Editor-In-Chief, Vibe Magazine); Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Julie Kertes (General Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards, NAPPA); Claire S. Green (President, Parents' Choice Foundation); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Wende Curtis (Owner, Comedy Works); and more to be announced...

    2014 Sponsors


    ISC is sponsored by Lowden Guitars, Berklee College Of Music, Airplay Direct, D'Addario, DiscMakers, Thayers, Slate Digital, SongU.com, The Music Business Registry, Indie Venue Bible, Celebrity Access, George Stein, Esq., and Taxi.

    ISC is Now Accepting Entries for 2014 - Deadline to Enter: September 18, 2014
    How To Enter


    Winning ISC isn't just about the cash and prizes. The recognition, exposure, and kudos of winning ISC add to the reasons to enter and the benefits of winning. ISC is looking for great songs and songwriters - so, whether you're a professional songwriter or just starting out, ISC welcomes your entries.


    You can enter online (mp3) or mail your songs (CD, tape, or DVD for music video entries). You can also enter simply by giving us a link to your songs, making it really easy because ISC will go to your page and listen to your songs there. Click here to enter.


    Don't forget to check out our Instagram page where ISC entrants get featured! Click here.

    2014 Categories


    AAA (Adult Album Alternative), 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, Performance, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, Unsigned Only (this category is open to unsigned songwriters and artists only), and World Music.


    Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - in the same category or in multiple categories.

    Sponsor Spotlight
    Taxi Taxi

    Taxi is the World's Leading Independent A&R Company for good reason! For more than 20 years, Taxi has been helping unsigned, independent Songwriters, Artists, and Composers get their music to Major and Indie Record Labels, Music Publishers, Music Licensing Companies, and Top Music Supervisors working on TV Shows and Feature Films. Taxi's track record of success is second to none, and the quality and authenticity of the opportunities is considered the best in the industry. To see unedited success stories in their members' own words, click here. To learn more about Taxi, click here.
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    National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)

    NAMM opens its doors to musicians, music lovers, sound and staging professionals in Music City. Attend NAMM's Music Industry Day on Saturday, July 19 to: demo the gear of tomorrow; check out live performances by TV star Jonathan Jackson and country music artist Greg Bates; network with music industry leaders, designers and artists; and attend workshops to further music and sound careers. Summer NAMM Music Industry Day admission is now available for purchase online. Go to: http://www.namm.org/summer/2014/music-industry-day.
    Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC)

    Latin Alternative Music Conference - Every Summer, the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) takes to New York City, filling every corner with vibrant shows by acclaimed and up-and-coming artists alike, insightful talks about the state of the entertainment industry, art openings, movie screenings, and much more. Accounting for its many facets, the New York Times has called the LAMC the "Sundance of Latin Music," as it brings together artists, industry professionals, media, and fans from all over the world to celebrate, share, and converse about the music that profoundly influences them. For more information please visit www.LatinAlternative.com.
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    Groove3.com is the premier online Pro Audio tutorial provider, making exceptional videos about today's DAWs, Plug-ins, Recording, Production, Mixing, and Mastering. They feature certified trainers and industry professionals who love to share their knowledge and skills, inspiring you to use your studio tools more efficiently and creatively. Groove3.com also features the All-Access Web Pass, which gives you instant access to every video on the site, plus any that get added during your membership. Get 30 days of the All-Access Web Pass today for free! Click here to signup and use Promo Code: song40.
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