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Aussies win big in International Songwriting Comp 2020

Media Published Friday 7 May 2021
Clockwise from top: Mercedes Thorne, Joel Quartermain, Edwin White (Merci, Mercy), Jarred Taylor X Crawford Brothers, Golden Features x Presets, Birds of Tokyo, Mia Rodriguez, Lucy Parle

Congrats to First Place finishers Lucy Parle, Merci, Mercy, Birds of Tokyo, Jarred Taylor X Crawford Brothers, Golden Features x Presets, Mia Rodriguez

The most Aussie First Place wins in the competition's 20 years

An additional 45 Aussie and Kiwi entries took home 2nd place, 3rd place and Honourable Mention accolades


Our friends at the prestigious International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announced the 2020 winners this week and it marks the most Aussie First Place wins in the competition’s twenty-year history with six top finishers.

ISC is the world’s largest and most prestigious international songwriting competition, receiving more than 26,000 entries from 158 countries. More than USD$150,000 in cash and merchandise is awarded to 71 winners in 23 categories covering all genres of music.

“Once again Aussie songwriters and artists have exceeded our expectations,” said Candace Avery, ISC Founder and Director. “There must be something magical in the water Down Under because the quality of Aussie entries never fails to impress.”

Throughout the years, many Australian artists have been honored in ISC, including four Grand Prize winners: Tones And I; Kate Miller-Heidke; Kasey Chambers; and Vance Joy. Additional winners have included Amy Shark; Augie March; Big Scary; Birds of Tokyo; Dean Lewis; Eskimo Joe; Flight Facilities; Gang of Youths; Gotye; Guy Sebastian; Jebediah; Matt Corby; Missy Higgins; Ocean Alley; Ruel; Sarah Blasko; Shane Nicholson; The Living End; Troy Cassar-Daley; Vera Blue; Washington; and many, many more.