The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has launched a new Spotlight Award that will be given annually to a song and its songwriter(s) from a country other than the U.S. The inaugural award, presented by the ISC and SOCAN, will be presented in 2021 to a Canadian song, and its songwriter(s). All Canadians who are members of SOCAN are eligible for this award, to be presented in addition to all the other winners honored in the overall ISC competition.

The winner will be selected by ISC, and will be awarded a prize package consisting of studio recording time at the renowned Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin, Tennessee (just outside Nashville), with one week of lodging at SOCAN Nashville House, and a travel grant from the SOCAN Foundation.

Now in its 20th year, the ISC was created to recognize great songwriters and to provide a valuable platform for them to be heard by the music industry and public alike. The competition is open to both professional and amateur songwriters. A total of 71 winners in 23 genre categories share more than $225,000 in cash and prizes, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 U.S. cash, and more. Previous winners have included Jane Siberry, Vance Joy, Faouzia, Sam Roberts, Tenille Townes, The Trews, and many more.

To learn more, click here; to submit your song(s), click here.