International Songwriting Competition 2020

The US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is calling on all songwriters, musicians and performers from around the world to enter its 2020 edition.

The annual song contest seeks to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena.

Judges include international artists Dua Lipa, Coldplay, Bebe Rexha, Tom Waits, Cam, Arturo Sandoval, Linkin Park, Tanya Tucker, among many more, as well as music industry professionals from top record labels including Capitol, Sony, Roc Nation, Atlantic, Warner and Verve.

The deadline for entries is 16 September.

Participants of any age can submit entries in the following categories:

* Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
* Adult Contemporary (AC)
* Americana
* Blues
* Children’s Music
* Christian
* Comedy/Novelty
* Country
* Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
* Folk/Singer-songwriter
* Instrumental
* Jazz
* Latin Music
* Lyrics Only
* Music Video
* Performance
* Pop/Top 40
* R&B/Hip Hop
* Rock
* Teen
* Unpublished
* Unsigned Only
* World Music
Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish – either in the same category or in multiple categories.

How to apply

Before completing the application form, entrants must:

Read the FAQs.
Pay $30 for every song submitted.
The winners will be awarded based on:

* Creativity.
* Originality.
* Lyrics (excludes songs that do not have lyrics).
* Melody.
* Arrangement.
* Overall likeability.
* Vocal ability.


More than $150 000 in cash and merchandise will be shared among 71 successful applicants.

View the full awards process and schedule here