International Songwriting Competition Deadline Nears

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – The October 14th deadline for the 2005 International Songwriting Competition, one of the largest and most prestigious songwriting competition in the world, is rapidly approaching. The competition offers entrants a chance to win over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

The competition is open to both amateur and professional songwriters of every level, and all musicians, artists and songwriters are invited to submit their original songs by the deadline.

ISC provides the perfect opportunity for artists, bands and songwriters looking to gain recognition in the music industry and have their songs heard by some of the most influential members of the music industry, including presidents of ten record labels and legendary artists such as Loretta Lynn, Sonny Rollins and Tom Waits.

“We've always been impressed with the talented songwriters who participate in the ISC. This is a great A&R source to find new artists,” said Monte Lipman, President of Universal Records in a statement.

Previous ISC winners have included Tara Slone, who was one of the 15 performers on CBS TV's Rock Star: INXS; Carbon Leaf, who are signed to
Vanguard Records; Amanda Palmer of Dresden Dolls, who are signed to Roadrunner
Records; Chris Sernel of Escape From Earth, who was recently named the winner of
the MTV/COKE "Make It Real" Contest; Michael Flynn, who is signed to J Records;
Troy Verges, Blair Daily and Gordie Sampson, whose song "Paris" is
featured on Faith Hill's latest album, and more.

The complete list of ISC 2005 judges include: Tom Waits; Loretta Lynn;
Sonny Rollins; John Scofield; Steve Vai; Macy Gray; Joss Stone; MercyMe;
Amy Ray (Indigo Girls); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); LeAnn Rimes; Isaac
Brock (Modest Mouse); Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan); BeBe Winans; Peter Hook
(New Order); Benji Madden (Good Charlotte); Charlie Musselwhite; The
Donnas; Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records); Keith Wozencroft
(President, Capitol Music UK); Glen Barros (CEO/President, Concord
Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Cameron
Strang (President, New West Records); Dan Storper (President, Putumayo
World Music); Michael McDonald (President, ATO Records); Alexandra Patsavas
(Owner, The Chop Shop Music Supervision – credits include The OC, Grey's
Anatomy, Without A Trace, Carnivale, Rescue Me ); Darrale Jones (VP A&R
Urban, Atlantic Records); Chris Parr (VP Music Programming & Talent
Relations, CMT); Barbara Sedun (VP Creative, EMI Music Publishing Canada);
Tara Griggs-Magee (Executive VP of Gospel/Urban Music, Sony Records); Leib
Ostrow (CEO, Music For Little People), Thomas Brooman (Co-Founder/Artistic
Director, WOMAD); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment);
Emily Wittmann (Vice-President, Nick Records); Patrick Moxey (President,
Ultra Records/You Records/Sequence Records/Escondida Music/Empire Mgmt.)
and Danny Epstein (Music Supervisor, Sesame Street/Sesame Workshop).

Entrants can submit their songs into any of the 16 categories: Pop/Top 40;
Dance/Electronica; Rock; Jazz; Instrumental; Performance; World Music;
R&B/Hip-Hop; Country; AAA/Roots/Americana; Gospel/Christian; Blues;
Folk/Singer-Songwriter; Children's Music; Lyrics Only; and Teen (18 yrs.
Old or younger).

All entries have to be postmarked on or before October 14. For entry forms or to enter online, visit the ISC website at or call 615-251-4441 for more information.