UK and Irish songwriters
honoured in U.S.- based competition
THE International Songwriting
Competition (ISC), considered to be the most prestigious and selective
songwriting competition in the world, has announced its 2015 winners.
Established in 2002, ISC recognizes and honours excellence in the craft of
songwriting. With over 18,000 entries submitted from almost 120 countries, a
total of 351 deserving songwriters are honored this year in the competition. ISC
awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to amateur and professional
songwriters around the world, including $25,000 cash (US) overall Grand Prize.
UK and Irish songwriters garnered:- 1 1st Place win, 1 2nd Place win, 3 3rd
Place wins, and 14 Honorable Mentions. Candace Avery, Founder and Director,
states:- "The artists who won in their respective categories
overwhelmingly stood out to the judges, winning praise for their songwriting
skill. Their talent embodies everything that ISC is looking to honor."
Past winners have included:- Vance Joy, Gotye, Bastille, Passenger, Lindsey
Stirling, The Band Perry, Kimbra, Omar Sosa, King Charles, Gin Wigmore, and many
2015 winners were selected by a panel of judges which included:- Kesha; American
Authors; Pat Metheny; Lorde; Sara Evans; Bastille; Bill Withers; Keane; Danilo
Perez; Hardwell; Gerald Casale (Devo); Joy Williams (The Civil Wars); Keb' Mo';
Sean Paul; Afro Celt Sound System; Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic
Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Daniel Glass
(President, Glassnote Records); Craig Balsam (Owner, Razor & Tie Records); Kevin
Welk (Chief Creative, Vanguard and Sugar Hill Records); Steve Yegelwel (Senior
Vice President, Capitol Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator
Records); and many more.
The overall Grand Prize is awarded to the gifted songwriter / performer Skrizzly
Adams for his song:- "Tipping Point." Hailing from New Jersey,
USA, Skrizzly Adams is a songwriter who is difficult to pigeonhole (critics have
described him as Bruce Springsteen meets Kanye West). Originally applying his
musical talents to the art of producing, he only began to pursue singing
professionally a couple of years ago, releasing his self-produced debut project,
Stains, a year later. The EP quickly garnered the attention of several high
profile figures including blogger Perez Hilton and urban super producer Boi-1da,
ultimately landing him a major label deal with Atlantic Records. In November,
2015, Skrizzly joined Elle King on her North American tour, and he recently
wrapped up a club tour with Lissie. He is currently working on his debut album.
ISC is sponsored by:- Ableton, Artist Growth, CAD Audio, Celebrity Access,
D'Addario, Disc Makers, DW Drums, Focusrite, Gauge Microphones, George Stein,
Esq., GigSalad, Gretsch, Indie Venue Bible, Latin Percussion, Lowden Guitars,
Marshall Amplification, Musicians Institute, Ovation, Pacific Drums, Sessions
Headphones, SongU.com, Thayers, The Music Business Registry and Ultimate Ears
ISC is now accepting entries for 2016. More information can be found at:-
SongWritingCompetition.Com. For a complete list of 2015 ISC winners and to
hear the winning songs, click on the Competition's
Letters to Editor:- "Revitalise guest, Jane
Hulme, who met Manchester United and England defender, Chris Smalling"
"JANE Hulme, who is a guest at
Revitalise, met Manchester United and England defender, Chris Smalling, last
week, on 25 April 2016. Jane spotted Chris at the Trafford Centre, whilst on an
excursion with Revitalise Sandpipers. We would like to thank Chris Smalling for
making her day and allowing her to get a photograph of the magical moment."
said Stephanie Stone, who is the Communications Officer for the charity
Leading music companies from China,
India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan to attend Sound City curated Music Day at
International Festival for Business 2016
AS part of the International Festival
for Business (IFB2016),
City are delighted to partner with UK Trade and Investment, the
government department that helps UK based companies succeed in the global
economy, to deliver a comprehensive insight into the opportunities that exist
for UK music companies in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and India.
Taking place at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, on Tuesday, 28 June 2016, on
the waterfront of the iconic City, the inaugural IFB Music Day will feature high
profile companies from each territory and UK companies who have done business in
the vibrant and ever expanding region.
The event is primarily aimed at music managers, publishers, labels, tech
companies, festivals, promoters and agents. It will highlight the opportunities
that exist for business and collaboration between UK and Asia via a series of
workshops and round table networking sessions, offering illuminating insight and
discussion around this fast paced and constantly evolving environment. The aim
will be to nurture existing relationships and stimulate new partnerships and
Sound City are delighted to host Lihui Shen of China's largest music
entertainment group, Modern Sky which annually hosts 500 shows and entertains 3
million people per year, plus Stan Yu, Director of TMT Entertainment at China's
largest investment company, Fosun Group who last year closed deals with Modern
Sky Entertainment and Gestifue, the sports agency that looks after Jose Mourinho
and Cristiano Ronaldo. In addition, Kong Yoon Young, Director of Korea's biggest
emerging talent festival, Zandari, and Kyu Young Lee, Head Promoter of Pentaport
Festival, the largest open air festival in Korea will attend along with Mumbai
and NYC based entertainment lawyer, Ali Sachedina who is expert in advising
clients on all aspects of entering the Indian marketplace and has been
responsible for Skrillex and Major Lazer doing their 1st performances in the
India, along with Geddy Lin, head of Riverside Livehouse, the largest venue in
They will be accompanied by UK based experts
in exporting to Asia including John Saunderson (Notting Hill Music), Greig Watts
(DWB Publishing) and Ivor Novello nominated songwriter and producer Diamond
Sound City has considerable experience and pedigree in the Asian music market,
with many more exciting plans in development. They recently announced a long
term and strategic equity partner deal with Modern Sky Entertainment in China
that involves expanding Sound City in global markets as well as increasing the
size and scope of their UK event.
In 2015 they also launched their 1st full
scale event in South Korea. Sound City Korea is a 3 year initiative taking
market ready UK artists and industry to Seoul for Zandari Festa and MU:CON.
Sound City are widely acknowledged as a trusted delivery partner by UKTI and
since 2008, they have delivered world class business initiatives and
opportunities to over 12,500 delegates from 29 different countries via:- Sound
City initiatives, generating a growth in turnover that exceeds $20 million for
the businesses that have taken part.
The IFB Music Day in Liverpool will feature Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese
and Indian music industry experts, UK music managers, publishers, labels, tech
companies, festivals, promoters and agents and offers the chance to be immersed
in essential debates, key notes and business and cultural exchanges all aimed at
About UK Trade and Investment and Exporting is GREAT @ IFB2016 UK Trade and
Investment (UKTI) - the government department that helps UK based companies
succeed in the global economy; is hosting an exciting programme of events at
IFB2016 aligned with weekly sector themes:-
► Week 1,
► Week 2, Energy and Environment.
► Week 3, Creative and Digital.
Attending IFB2016 is the natural next step for
businesses inspired to export by Exporting is GREAT. The Exporting is GREAT
Export Hub will take residence at IFB2016 for the full three week programme,
providing additional events and support for new exporters. Exporting is GREAT
events can be viewed
online. Businesses can
register for UKTI events online.
Attending IFB2016 is free, but to gain entry delegates need to register for the
IFB2016 Business Club; UKTI will do this on your behalf if you are attending a
UKTI event. The IFB2016 Business Club provides exclusive
benefits to its members before and during the Festival, including a range of
complementary business support services.