The International Songwriting Competition has announced the winners of 2016 competition, and that ten songs from Australian musicians won First, Second and Third places in their categories, including one from Kate Miller-Heidke (pictured above).

Candace Avery, the founder and director of ISC, said, ‘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.’
 
Australian winners in the 2016 contest were:

First Place:

“A Case Of Mistaken Identity” – Glenn Cardier (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – Performance
“I'm Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas” – Kate Miller-Heidke, Keir Nuttall, Louis Schoorl / Kate Miller-Heidke Ft. The Beards (Brisbane, QLD, Australia) – Comedy/Novelty
“Magnolia” – David Leaupepe / Gang Of Youths (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – Rock
“Survive On Love” – Matt Gresham (Perth, WA, Australia) – Unpublished

Second Place:

“Only You” – Tim Maxx, Adam Katz (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – EDM 
“The Opposite Of Us” – Tom Iansek, Jo Syme / Big Scary (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)
AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
“Vuelve A Nacer” – Oscar Jimenez / Oscar Jimenez Ft. La Phonoclorica (Melbourne, VIC, Australia) – Latin Music

Third Place:

“Feel My Love” – Phebe Starr (Sydney, NSW, Australia) - AAA (Adult Album Alternative)
“I'll Go Home” – Josh Rennie-Hynes (Woodford, QLD, Australia) - Americana
“When I'm Broken” – Katrina Burgoyne, Goran Kralj, Joe Doyle (Gunnedah, NSW, Australia) – Country

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 merchandise is awarded to 71 winners in 23 categories covering all genres of music.

Entries are now open for the 2017 competition. For more information and to enter, go to www.songwritingcompetition.com

And for a complete list of ISC 2016 winners, click HERE:

Judges for the 2016 included Chris Cornell; Lorde; Tom Waits; Ziggy Marley; American Authors; Donovan; Bastille; Joe Bonamassa; Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks); Keane; Hardwell; India Arie; Kaskade; Danilo Perez; Jay Farrar (Son Volt/Uncle Tupelo); Vijay Iyer; Sara Evans; Afro Celt Sound System; Jesse & Joy; Gerald Casale (Devo); Mike Stern; Carlos Vives; Joy Williams (Civil Wars); Rickie Lee Jones; Ray Benson (Asleep At The Wheel); Ana Barbara; Salif Keita; John Mayall; Fat Joe; Luis Fonsi; Art Alexakis (Everclear); Nicholas Gunn; Ryan Bingham; Amadou & Mariam; Jordan Feliz; Matt Maher; Mariana Vega; and Femi Kuti.