ISC Announces The 2012 Finalists
Click here to see the complete list. Winners will be announced in April, 2013.
Congratulations to all finalists!
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is proud to announce the
2012 finalists. ISC experienced a huge increase in entries in 2012, receiving
over 20,000 entries in 22 categories of contemporary music from 119 countries worldwide.
The entries were narrowed down to 324 finalists who hail from 45 countries throughout the
world, from Pakistan to Latvia, from Ecuador to Tanzania, from Trinidad to Ukraine, and
everywhere in between. These finalists' songs have now been sent to the ISC judges (see
below for complete list) who will select the final winners. Winners will be announced in
Do you want a chance to say which finalist's song is your favorite?
The song with the most public votes will be the "Peoples' Voice" winner,
so click below, listen to the finalists' songs, and vote now!
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); 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)
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Are you a songwriter? If so, ISC wants to hear your songs! Enter your songs now and be eligible
to win cash, prizes, and acknowledgment for your songs. Become part of an elite group of winners
who have included Gotye, Kimbra, Omar Sosa, Kasey Chambers, The Band Perry, Gin Wigmore, Andrew
Bird, Amanda Palmer, and many more.
ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world - including bands and
solo performers. Sixty-eight winners will be selected, including a Grand Prize winner who will be
awarded $25,000 in cash (US) plus a lot of cool prizes.
Now in its 12th year, ISC is known for its great prizes and high-profile judges. Ask any music
industry executive or songwriter which competitions rank as the most influential, and they will
place ISC at the top of the list. ISC is an unique opportunity for songwriters to gain international
recognition and have the opportunity for their music to be heard by the most respected and influential
recording artists and music industry executives in the world.
How can you enter? It's very easy to submit your songs. You can enter online with an mp3 through the
ISC platform (soon to come: Sonicbids, ReverbNation, and Broadjam). Also, you can mail your songs;
ISC accepts CDs, tapes, or DVDs (for music video entries).
Categories include: 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, and World Music. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - in the
same category or in multiple categories.
ISC Stocking Stuffer Winners
Stocking Stuffer Overall Winner
In December, 2012, ISC and Sonicbids ran a special five-day
"Stocking Stuffer" promotion for entrants submitting through Sonicbids.
ISC selected one winner from each day, and one overall winner has also been
selected from these daily winners. Congratulations to all the winners!
The Stocking Stuffer daily winners are:
12/17/12: Brady Toops - "Lord Have Mercy" - Nashville, TN, USA
12/18/12: Glenn Richards - "Brother Lock And Sister Key" - Hobart, TAS, Australia
12/19/12: Dean Batstone - "Love Don't Happen Every Time" - Almonte, ON, Canada
12/15/11: Samir Thapa - "Burning Daylight" - London, England
12/16/11: Jason Cullimore - "Old Shanghai" - Regina, SK, Canada
The Overall prize winner receives:
• $1,000 from ISC
• 2-week cover-photo feature on Sonicbids' Facebook page
• Half-day video shoot with StudioNow worth approximately $3,000
Daily prizes include gear from Bohemian Guitars, JanSport, Disc Makers, JamHub, and PreSonus.
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