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Enter on or before July 15 and save on entry fees! If you enter by July 15, you can save on multiple entries ($30 for the first entry and $22 for each additional entry). After July 15, the entry fee is $30 per entry with no discount for additional entries. Don't miss out on this opportunity!
The final deadline for all entries is October 6, 2010.

ISC accepts entries from amateur and professional songwriters, artists, and musicians. More than $150,000 in cash and prizes will be shared among the 65 winners, including an overall Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in music equipment, services, and more. Not only does ISC give away the largest cash Grand Prize of any songwriting competition in the world, but ISC also has the most high-profile judges, the most categories, and the coolest winners. ISC has lots of great new judges for 2010, so scroll down and check them out - this means new judges listening to all the finalists' songs and picking the 2010 winners (this could be you!).

Enter online with mp3s or mail in your songs (CD, tape, or DVD for music video entries). Entering ISC is easy. All you need to do is fill out an entry form and send us your songs! You can also enter through MySpace if you have a MySpace page - which is really easy because ISC will go to your page and listen to your songs there (you don't even need to send us your songs!).

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 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.

Jon Brooks
Earthday Promotion Winner Announced

In April ISC ran a special Earth Day promotion, offering a $1,000 cash prize to ISC's favorite song entered on Sonicbids prior to Earth Day. ISC received a lot of great entries, and it is our pleasure to announce that the winner is Jon Brooks of King City, ON, Canada for his song "Small." Congratulations, Jon!

Jon Brooks

In Jon's words, "ultimately, the folk singer is trying to politicize love - to lobby for compassion to be our principle representative in government office." His 2009 CD, Moth Nor Rust, looked inward to all that neither moth nor rust can touch: love, hope, trust, inspiration, justice, and faith. Moth Nor Rust reminds us how the song is a necessary and moral means toward lifting humanity in the 21st century. Moth Nor Rust earned Jon his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Songwriter. Jon also made The Toronto Star's annual list of Top 10 Artists To Watch In 2010 and is the 2010 Kerrville New Folk winner.

Click here to hear the song "Small"

Check out his website at www.jonbrooks.ca.

2010 ISC Judges:
Recording Artists: Peter Gabriel; Rihanna; Kings of Leon; Tom Waits; Ben Harper; Jeff Beck; Kelly Clarkson; Timbaland; Keane; McCoy Tyner; Ben Folds; Train; Robbie Williams; Michael W. Smith; John Scofield; Jerry Lee Lewis; Regina Spektor; Alejandro Sanz; Jeremy Camp; Terence Blanchard; Ray Wylie Hubbard; Montel Jordan; John Mayall; Craig Morgan; Jazmine Sullivan; DJ Tiësto; James Cotton; Sandra Bernhard; Robert Earl Keen; Baaba Maal; John Digweed; K'Naan; Adele; Black Francis (The Pixies); Robert Smith (The Cure); Chris Hillman (The Byrds); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); and more to be announced...

Industry Executives: Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); Amanda Ghost (President, Epic Records); Rick Krim (Exec. VP, Talent & Music Programming, VH1); Brian Malouf (VP A&R, Walt Disney Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony/BMG); Ric Arboit (President, Nettwerk Music Group); Daniel Glass (Founder/CEO, Glassnote Entertainment Group); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Dr. Demento (Radio Host, The Dr. Demento Show); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo Kids); Lisa Ramsey Perkins (Sr. Director, A&R Sony Nashville); Kim Buie (VP A&R, Lost Highway); and more to be announced...
2010 Categories:
Pop/Top 40, AAA (Adult Album Alternative), R&B/Hip-Hop, Adult Contemporary (AC), Rock, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Americana, Blues, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Latin Music, Instrumental, Dance/Electronica, Comedy/Novelty, World Music, Children's Music, Lyrics Only, Teen, Performance, and Music Video. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - in the same category or in multiple categories.

ISC Sponsors: ASCAP, Berklee College Of Music, Disc Makers, D'Addario, Shure, Thayers, Onlinegigs, SongU.com, The Music Business Registry, Independent Mastering, Indie Venue Bible, George Stein, Esq., Sonicbids, Taxi, Music Submit, and Alphabet Arm Design

ISC Sponsor Spotlight
Shure Incorporated Shure Incorporated

Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated is widely acknowledged as the world's leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure's diverse product line includes world-class wired and wireless microphones, headphones and personal monitor systems, for performers, recordists and presenters; award-winning earphones and headsets for use with MP3 players and smart phones; and top-rated phonograph cartridges for professional DJs. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority. Go to http://www.shure.com.
Music Business Registry Music Business Registry

The Music Business Registry, Inc. is the premier contact resource for the music business community. They have been publishing directories for the last twelve years, and their customers are a veritable who's who in the music industry. Top music executives, record producers, publishers, attorney's, recording artists, and songwriters throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia have all come to rely on the accuracy and thoroughness of their directories. No other directories keep on top of all of the continuous executive changes that happen at the labels, publishing companies, network and film studios and legal firms, as well as document all of the new labels and imprints that are continually emerging. Call 800-377-7411 or go to http://www.musicregistry.com.

Industry Partners
StarNow StarNow

StarNow is the world leader in online talent and casting calls. Having posted over 145,000 casting calls and gigs since 2004, the site is used to recruit talent by some of the biggest names in the industry, including MTV, BBC, Endemol, Warner Bros and more. The StarNow team are a creative bunch of musicians and actors who are just as passionate about the industry as you are! Theyre here to help you find success so send them an email at contact@starnow.com or visit http://www.starnow.com/songwritingcompetition.
Plugs Plugs

Plugs is a free social networking site for entertainment industry professionals. Plugs was designed to help musicians, actors, models, photographers, and other entertainment professionals learn about the industry and connect with each other. The popular site gives professionals a comfortable venue for collaborating on projects or hosting social events around the world. Membership features include a personal blog, event announcements, member-to-member messaging, and general member forums. Members can upload photos, videos, music and incorporate a music player to their profile page. Plugs helps you find the missing piece. Go to http://plugs.dreamrow.com.
MyMusicSite.com MyMusicSite.com

MyMusicSite.com helps independent artists sell and promote their music. They can sell individual songs, albums or even have their fans, friends and family be able to instantly create ringtones for their original music. With additional services such as radio promotions, fan mail and the ability to upload their music to iTunes, MyMusicSite.com eliminates the need for a major record label, enabling musicians and producers to keep more control over their property and keep more of the profits. Go to: http://www.mymusicsite.com.
Indie-Music.com Indie-Music.com

Indie-Music.com has been spotlighting the best in independent music since 1996, featuring streaming audio, podcast, articles, interviews, reviews, and more in all musical styles. Artists can create an online press kit with one song free, and take advantage of economical promotion opportunities starting at only $10 per year. The website also offers a wealth of information for artists trying to survive & thrive in today's competitive music industry. Go to http://www.indie-music.com.
Illinois Entertainer Illinois Entertainer

Smashing Pumpkins. Kanye West. Common. Twister. Hawthorne Heights. Fall Out Boy. Chicago's legendary Illinois Entertainer (IE) was one of the first magazine's in Chi-Town to cover and offer critical insight on these Windy City homegrown acts. Bottom line, IE has reviewed over 17,000 local demos and local bands since our inception in 1975. No other regional music magazine covers regional music like IE. Go to http://www.illinoisentertainer.com.
BandMix.com BandMix.com

BandMix.com connects local musicians. With hundreds of new members joining every day, you'll be sure to find the right person for your musical talents and be well on your way to making new friends and new music. Create your free profile today to share music, pictures, video, your biography and more with fellow musicians looking for you! Go to http://www.bandmix.com.
Music Books Plus Music Books Plus

Music Books Plus is your best source for music and pro-audio books, videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs, software and sheet music. They carry over 10,000 titles on Music Business, Songwriting, Arranging, Theory, Directories, Pro Audio, Video, Live Sound, Recording, Lighting, MIDI, Synthesizers, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Violin, Brass, Woodwinds, Harmonica, Voice, Biographies, Fake Books, Songbooks. Secure Online Ordering. Worldwide shipping. Monthly Newsletter. Please check out their complete catalog online at www.musicbooksplus.com or call 800-265-8481.




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