Aussies smash prestigious International Songwriting Competition

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Australia has smashed the prestigious USA based 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC), taking out a record 10 first, second and third places from 70 awards. If that's not impressive enough, an additional 50 honourable mentions have been awarded to Aussie writers.  

Now in its 16th year, ISC is the world’s largest international songwriting competition, receiving more than 16,000 entries from 137 countries throughout the world. More than $150,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to 70 winners in 23 categories covering all genres of music.

Australia is again the country with the most winners next to the USA, with a total of 60 songs.

“Celebrating the talent of so many Australian songwriters reminds the world how important Australia is to the global music landscape. There is so much incredible talent, and it is always a pleasure to discover up-and-coming Aussie artists as well as getting to revisit more seasoned ones”- Candace Avery, Founder and Director of ISC

The first place prizes were awarded to Australians across four categories: Performance, Comedy/Novelty, Rock and Unpublished.

Have a listen below to our Spotify playlist of all this year's winners and finalists.

Congratulations to everyone who participated and to all the winners who join the ranks of previous Aussies writers Vance Joy (2014), Kasey Chambers (2010), Gotye (2007), Matt Corby (2012) and many more.

Entries are now open for the 2017 competition. Click here to enter.


A Case Of Mistaken Identity – Glenn Cardier

I'm Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas – Kate Miller-Heidke (pictured), Keir Nuttall, Louis Schoorl / Kate Miller-Heidke Ft. The Beards

Magnolia – David Le'aupepe / Gang Of Youths 

Survive On Love – Matt Gresham (pictured)


Only You – Tim Maxx, Adam Katz

The Opposite Of Us – Tom Iansek, Jo Syme / Big Scary
AAA (Adult Album Alternative)

Vuelve A Nacer – Oscar Jimenez / Oscar Jimenez Ft. La Phonoclorica
Latin Music


Feel My Love – Phebe Starr
AAA (Adult Album Alternative)

I'll Go Home – Sal Kimber, Josh Rennie-Hynes

When I'm Broken – Katrina Burgoyne, Goran Kralj, Joe Doyle

Honourable Mentions

54321 – Tey Orion
80 Days – Jordan English / Little Coyote
Baby I'm Sorry – Violeta Bozanic
Baby In Mum’s Tummy – Sibylla Stephen, Bethany Stephen / Teeny Tiny Stevies
Best Friends – Aleisha Conlay / Allie & Ivy
Bleed Sunlight Ft. D-Lake – Shane Burgess, D-Lake
Brussel Sprout – Courtney Hale, David Strangio
Burn Baby Burn – Kirsty Lee Akers, Trey Bruce 
Can't Be Trusted – Asa Broomhall
Casualty – Alexandra Imrich (Sarsha Simone), Darlington Peters 
Caving In – Dave Saxby
Caving In – Dave Saxby 
Chemistry – Nathan Chapman / Nathleigh
Closed Door – Shane Timmo 
Closer – Joe Nuttall / Enola Fall
Cool Under Fire, Directed by The Baker Boys – Glenn Cardier 
Darwinism – Oscar Dawson, Timothy Carroll, Ryan Strathie, Matthew Redlich / Holy Holy 
Don't Let Me Go – Greg Byrne, Mark Fouche, Kevin Fouche, Alex Qasabian, Billy Handley / Stone Parade
Estilo Latino – Ale Y Anton 
Faded Star – John Walsh 
Feel My Love – Phebe Starr 
Hank And Tammy – Liam Gerner, Eric Lynn
Hold On Me – Hamish Anderson 
I Used To Be Cool – Keir Nuttall / Fatty Gets A Stylist 
I Will Directed by Jesse Anderson – Kirsty Lee Akers, Jerry Salley 
Juke Joint On Moses Lane – Fiona Boyes 
Light Up The Sky – J Packer, L Jeske / Groove State 
Living In The Dark – Sam Buckingham
Mind The Gap – Adam Carl Stephens / Shetdogs
On The Line – Cam Nacson, Toby Chew Lee / MOZA
Only You And Me – Greg Byrne, Mark Fouche, Kevin Fouche, Alex Qasabian, Billy Handley / Stone Parade
Only You And Me – Greg Byrne, Mark Fouche, Kevin Fouche, Alex Qasabian, Billy Handley / Stone Parade
Pretending – Kristy Coote, Clive Young 
Red Car, Cold Heart – Lucy Lowe
Slowly Creeping Back – Ben Crawford, Zac Crawford / Crawford Brothers 
Stumble In The Dark – Sal Kimber / Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel 
Survive On Love – Matt Gresham
Tell Me It's Over – Aminah Hughes 
The Booty Song – Susi Prendergast / The Additives
The Family Song – Benny Thatcher / Benny Time
The Prophet – Gavin Libotte / Urban Gypsies Quartet
The Red White And Blue – Tony King 
They Don't Make 'em Like They Used To – Matt Ellis, Paul Chesne 
Thinking Bout You – Nick de la Hoyde, Joseph de la Hoyde
Wasting Time – Dallas Frasca, Jeff Curran, Josh Eales
When Darkness Finds You – Joseph Church 
When I'm Broken – Katrina Burgoyne, Goran Kralj, Joe Doyle 
When The Money's All Gone – Shane Nicholson 
Wonder – Michelle V MILOU
You've Underestimated Me, Dude – Kate Miller-Heidke, Pip Norman

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