Now in its seventh year, ISC is one of the largest and most respected songwriting competitions in the world, providing the opportunity for songwriters to gain recognition and exposure in all genres in the field of songwriting. Prizes include over $150,000 in cash and merchandise, including a $25,000 cash Grand Prize (which is the largest of any songwriting competition) and a scholarship to Berklee College of Music's Summer Performance Program for the winner of the Teen category. ISC also has the most prestigious judges for any songwriting competition in the world. Judges for this year incude:
Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20); Chaka Khan; Tom Waits; Ricky Martin, KT Tunstall; Robert Smith (The Cure); Loretta Lynn; Neil Finn (Crowded House); T-Pain; James Cotton; Jerry Lee Lewis; Craig Morgan; Ray Davies (The Kinks); Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Michael W. Smith; Chris Hillman (The Byrds); John Scofield; Black Francis (The Pixies) and many more..