It’s that time of year again! ISC loves the holiday season, so in the spirit of the upcoming holidays, ISC is opening submissions from December 15, 2021 to January 5, 2022 for its annual Stocking Stuffer promotion. Moreover, the fee is discounted to $25 per entry. This is a great chance to enter ISC and save $ on entry fees!
All songs entered will also be entered into the overall competition and will be eligible to win the overall ISC prizes which include almost $250,000 in cash, merchandise, and services. There are 23 categories to choose from, and there is no limit to the number of songs you may enter.
One overall winner from the Stocking Stuffer promo will be selected and awarded a prize package that includes:
Enter your songs now for a chance to share in almost $250,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash plus more in merchandise and services. Gain recognition and exposure, win prizes, and take your music career to the next level. Amateur and professional songwriters are eligible to enter. ISC accepts entries by mail or online. Entering your songs is very easy. You can either upload your mp3 file or provide a streaming link to your songs online.
This year is ISC’s 20th Anniversary since its launch in 2002, so ISC wants to celebrate songwriters throughout the world by providing even more opportunities than ever before. More cash prizes….more merchandise….more judges!
ISC has increased its overall prize package to almost $250,000 in cash and prizes to be shared by a total of 71 winners in 23 genre categories. The overall Grand Prize package has also been increased to almost $70,000 and includes $25,000 (US) cash plus merchandise and services. A list of all prizes can be seen here.
ISC has also created a Founder’s Choice Award that will be given to one artist this year only, selected by the competition’s Founder and the ISC listening committee. This award will be given in addition to the overall Grand Prize that is selected by the judges. The Founder’s Choice award recipient will be awarded $10,000 (US) cash.
Over the years, many artists winners have gone on to achieve greater success, including getting record and publishing deals, licensing agreements, gigs, and much more. Past winners have included: Tones and I; Illenium; Vance Joy; Faouzia; R.LUM.R, Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Kehlani; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; For King & Country; Andrew Bird; Gregory Porter; Omar Sosa; The Teskey Brothers; Rachael Bloom; Heather Morgan; Amy Shark; Dean Lewis; Adrianne Lenker; and many more.
This year’s judging panel includes an impressive group of high-profile recording artists and Presidents, CEOs, and A&R executives from Atlantic, EMI, Sony, Warner, New West, Motown, Word, Arista, Cumbancha, Capitol, Columbia, YouTube, and more.
Additional judges include: Briony Turner (Co-President, Atlantic Records UK); Daniel Parmar (President A&R, EMI London); Daniel Glass (President/Founder, Glassnote Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Music Publishing); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); David McTiernan (Senior Director, Artist & Label Relations, Vevo); Greg Johnson (VP of A&R, Columbia Records); Golnar Khosrowshahi (President, Reservoir Media Management); Will Speer (Managing Director, Magic Star Records/Sony); Nate Albert (EVP of A&R, Capitol Records); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, New West Records) Shawn Barron (VP of A&R, Motown); Dan Chalmers (Head Of Music, YouTube, EMEA); Kate Labrel (VP of A&R, Warner Records); Josh Bailey (Sr. VP of A&R, Word Entertainment); Christopher Muller (Global Head of Music Partnerships, YouTube); Jacob Edgar (Founder, Cumbancha); Joel Timen (VP of A&R and Publishing, Curb/Word Entertainment); Matt D’Arduini (Sr. VP of A&R /GM, Last Nite Records/Arista Records); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Samantha Jervey (Director A&R, Capitol Christian Music Group); Julie Kertes (Editor/General Manager, Hot Diggity Media); Jacqueline Post (Head of Publishing, Connection Music Publishing); Kenny Weagly (Entertainment Executive); Ben Kramer (Global Lead, Artist and Label Development, Youtube); Marni Greenberg (Head of Music Communications, YouTube); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Katherine Dines (Advisory Board and Magic Penny Award Chair, Children’s Music Network); Claire S. Green (President, Parents’ Choice Foundation); Julia Beyer (Director, ARC Music Productions International); Benjamin Groff (President, Brill Building Music Publishing); Tamara Conniff (EVP, Roc Nation Music Publishing); Carl Caprioglio (Founder & CEO, Oglio Entertainment); and Elena Epstein (Director, National Parenting Product Awards)