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International Songwriting Competition 2023 Announces Winners

Team Play MPE

June 28, 2024

Play MPE is a proud prize partner of ISC 2023

As a proud prize partner of the The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) we are pleased to share news of the 2023 competition’s winners!

Play MPE is providing a comprehensive International Music Promotion Package to the Grand Prize Winner PLUS promotion packages for the First Place (Category), People’s Choice and Special Promotion winners – along with all of the other incredible prizes on offer this year.  

After careful consideration by ISC’s distinguished panel of judges comprising iconic music artists, songwriters, and industry professionals, the winners emerged from a diverse pool of approximately 14,000 entries spanning a multitude of genres and 140 countries! 

The Grand Prize Winner of ISC 2023

This year the overall Grand Prize is awarded to the song “Daylight,” co-written by David Kushner, Hayden Robert Hubers, Jeremy Fedryk, Joshua Bruce Williams, Edison Boon Eason, and Drake Jon Livingston Jr. The song is a collaborative effort and reflects the individual perspectives and writing skills of these talented songwriters. 

As the performer of “Daylight,” Kushner is an incredibly gifted artist who brings the song to life in such a memorable way, and he is poised to leave an indelible mark on the music world. In a very short time, David Kushner‘s career skyrocketed after achieving huge success with his first single “Miserable Man” which went viral on TikTok.” This single, along with the second single, “Forgettable,” appeared on his debut EP Footprints / Found which was released in 2022. The ISC-winning song “Daylight” was released in April, 2023 and since then has amassed more than a billion plays on Spotify alone – and growing daily. It was also nominated in the 2024 BRIT Awards for International Song of the Year. Originally from Chicago, IL, Kushner now resides in Los Angeles and continues to put out new songs.

ISC’s Music Category Winners

In addition to the Grand Prize winner, ISC awards a First, Second, and Third Place in each category. These winners embody the spirit of musical diversity and continue to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide with their distinctive voices and unique perspectives. Hailing from all over the world (50% of this year’s winners come from outside the USA), they range from talented amateurs to seasoned songwriting veterans.

For more information about all of the winners head here

Play MPE is a Proud Prize Partner for ISC 2024

We are proud to be partnering with ISC again for 2024. We will share details soon!

Click here for more information and to stay informed about ISC and the 2024 competition.

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ISC winners have included many artists who have gone on to achieve great success, including Vance Joy, Bastille, Tones and I, Coco Jones, Gotye, Illenium, Fantastic Negrito, Faouzia, Lindsey Stirling, Rachel Bloom, The Teskey Brothers, Ondara, Passenger, The Band Perry, Dean Lewis, Gregory Porter, Amy Shark, and many more.

Established in 2002 to honor and promote the art of songwriting, ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a $25,000 cash prize to the overall Grand Prize winner. Since its inception, ISC has become the most respected and influential international competition in the music industry, and winning ISC is a significant accomplishment for a songwriter.

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