Chris Cornell, Lorde, Tom Waits, Sara Evans, Bastille, Hardwell, India Arie, Joe Bonamassa, Ziggy Marley, Ricki Lee Jones, Donovan, And More To Judge ISC


Chris Cornell, Lorde, Tom Waits, Sara Evans, Bastille, Hardwell, India
Arie, Joe Bonamassa, Ziggy Marley, Ricki Lee Jones, Donovan, And More To
Judge ISC

August 9, 2016 – The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
today announced its panel of judges for the 2016 competition. Included
on the panel are many iconic, high-profile recording artists as well as
Presidents, CEOs and A&R reps from Atlantic, Warner Bros., Sire,
RCA, Glassnote, Island, Razor & Tie, Sony Music Latin, Interscope,
Concord Label Group, Warner Music Nashville, Alligator, Wind-Up,
Provident, Capitol, Black River, New West, Virgin/EMI, Word, and many

Entries are open now via ISC’s online platform or through
the mail. ISC is open to both amateur and professional songwriters and
offers 23 categories for artists to enter. A total of 71 winners share
in more than $150,000 in cash and prizes including an overall Grand
Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and much more in merchandise and

Entering ISC offers the opportunity for an artist or
songwriter’s music to be heard by an elite panel of recording artists
and music executives who are the decision makers that can influence and
launch careers. Monty Lipman, CEO and Chairman of Universal Music Group,
says that “We’re always been impressed with the talented songwriters
who participate in the ISC. This is a great A&R source to find new

This year ISC has added a new category aptly called Unpublished.
Music publishing is a major source of revenue for songwriters, so ISC
is taking steps to open the doors for songwriters by having established,
high-profile publisher listen to the finalists’ songs and select the
winners in that category. “We all know how difficult it is to access
music publishers, so we are really excited about offering this
opportunity to our entrants,” says Candace Avery, ISC Founder and

Winning ISC is a distinction that has propelled many
artists to achieve greater success, including getting record and
publishing deals, licensing agreements, gigs, and much more. Past
winners have included: Vance Joy; Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling;
Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy
Higgins; King Charles; For King And Country; and many more.

The complete list of 2016 judges includes:

Recording Artists
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; Femi Kuti; and more.

Industry Executives:
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); Julie Kertes (General
Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards, NAPPA); and more.

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