International Songwriting Competition Announces Judges For 2016


NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess) — The International Songwriting Competition has announced its panel of judges for the 2016 edition of the long-running competition. As per usual, the panel includes a mix of artists and industry execs from labels such as Atlantic, Warner, RCA, Glassnote, Interscrope and others.


Recording Artists

Chris Cornell; Tom Waits; American Authors; Lorde; Sara Evans; Ziggy Marley; Donovan; Joe Bonamassa; India Arie; Bastille; Keane; Hardwell; Danilo Perez; Afro Celt Sound System; Gerald Casale (Devo); Ryan Bingham; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Joy Williams (The Civil Wars); Matt Maher; Jesse & Joy; Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks and Courtyard Hounds); Kaskade; Mike Stern; Carlos Vives; Rickie Lee Jones; Vijay Iyer; Ana Barbara; Fat Joe; John Mayall; Luis Fonsi; Salif Keita; Mariana Vega; Jay Farrar (Son Volt / Uncle Tupelo); Art Alexakis (Everclear); Ray Benson (Asleep At The Wheel); Nicholas Gunn; Jordan Feliz; Far East Movement; and Femi Kuti.


Industry Executives:

Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Seymour Stein (Chairman/CEO, Sire Records); Daniel Glass (President, Glassnote Records); John Esposito (Chairman/CEO, Warner Music Nashville); John Burk (President, Concord Label Group); Afo Verde (Chairman, Sony Music Latin); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Nate Albert (Executive VP of A&R, Capitol Records); Aaron Bay-Schuck (President of A&R, Interscope Records); Nick Burgess (Senior VP of A&R, Virgin/Emi); Mike Easterlin (President Fueled By Ramen / Roadrunner Records); Gordon Kerr (CEO, Black River Entertainment); Josh Bailey (Senior VP of A&R, Word Entertainment); Craig Balsam (Co-Owner, Razor & Tie/ Washington Square / Kidz Bop); Colin Barlow (Managing Director, RCA UK); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Nate Albert (Executive VP of A&R, Capitol records); Mike Flynn (Sr. VP of A&R, Capitol Records); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Richard Gottehrer (Founder / Chief Creative Officer, The Orchard); Steve Yegelwel (Senior VP, Island Records); Steve Greenberg (CEO, S-Curve Records); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, New West Records); Jamie Masada (OwnerJason McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group / Sony Music Ent.); Laura Margolin (Publishing, Glassnote Records); Albert Schilcher (VP Music & Music Marketing, MTV International); Jacob Edgar (Founder, Cumbancha); Cyndi Nelson (General Mgr., Zanies Comedy Club); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory); Claire S. Green (President, Parents' Choice Foundation); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); and Julie Kertes (General Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards, NAPPA.)

As well, the tournament announced that songwriter submissions are now open, both via the mail and ISC’s online platform. The competition is open to both professional and amateur songwriters and offers 23 categories, including the newly-added category of unpublished.

A total of 71 winners will share in more than $150,000 in cash and prizes including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and more in merchandise and services, ISC said. – Staff Writers