The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is the top songwriting competition in the world.
last year i heard about it and decided to submit our song "Fifth Tambourine." i almost didn't do it cause i thought it would be a waste of 30 bucks or whatever. who actually wins these things anyway? well, we do... kinda.
each year they get thousands and thousands of submissions. then they narrow it down and pull together a panel of celebrity and industry judges. the founders of the competition aren't involved in picking the winner, so each year around christmas time they do a promotion where they choose their favorite song. yep, you guessed it, they chose us! i received a sweet personal congratulatory phone call from founder Candace Avery and a check in the mail for $1,000!!!
i explained to her that the timing was almost comical. having happened within a week of losing a couple band members.
we also made it to the finalists. so this april (2010) our song will be judged by the likes of Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Robert Smith, Black Francis & James Mercer among others. the grand prize winner takes home $25,000 in cash and $3,000 in prizes. our hopes aren't up, but omg.
however small or big this whole thing is it's encouraging, and a nice reminder that we're in the right business. the business of making songs.