Tuesday, August 23, 2011

International Songwriting Competition 2011

What is ISC?

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.

This year in 2011, more than $150,000 in cash and prizes will be shared among the 68 winners, including an overall Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in music equipment, services, and more! The deadline is approaching soon on September 21, 2011, so enter your songs now.

It's very easy to submit your songs. If you have a Myspace page, you can enter through Myspace - which is really easy because ISC will go to your page and listen to your songs there (you don't even need to send us your songs!). Of course, you can also enter online with an mp3, or you can mail your songs (ISC accepts CD, tape, or DVD for music video entries).

Not only does ISC give away the largest cash Grand Prize of any songwriting competition in the world, but ISC also has the most high-profile judges, the most categories, and the coolest winners. ISC has lots of great new judges for 2011, so scroll down and check them out - this means new judges listening to all the finalists' songs and picking the 2011 winners (this could be you!).

Winning ISC isn't just about the cash and prizes. The recognition, exposure, and kudos of winning ISC add to the reasons to enter and the benefits of winning. ISC is looking for great songs and songwriters - so, whether you're a professional songwriter or just starting out, ISC welcomes your entries. In the past four years, three of ISC's Grand Prize winners have been signed to major label record deals (Epic, Universal, and Motown) and the fourth winner was signed to Peer Music, a publishing company. Additionally, many winners have been signed to other publishing deals, licensing deals, etc. A few years ago, an unknown band called The Band Perry was a finalist with the song, "If I Die Young." This year they were nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Country Song for the same song.


AAA (Adult Album Alternative), Adult Contemporary (AC), Americana, Blues, Children's Music, Comedy/Novelty, Country, Dance/Electronica, Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Gospel/Christian, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Performance, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, Unsigned Only, and World Music


Recording Artists: Tom Waits; Ozzy Osbourne; Tori Amos; My Morning Jacket; Jeff Beck; Keane; Janelle Monae; Billy Currington; Kelly Clarkson; McCoy Tyner; Wynonna; Francesca Battistelli; Massive Attack; Michael W. Smith; Alejandro Sanz; Tegan and Sara; Jeremy Camp; Ray Wylie Hubbard; John Mayall; Craig Morgan; James Cotton; Trombone Shorty; Johnny Clegg; Robert Earl Keen; Black Francis (The Pixies); Roger Taylor and Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran); Basement Jaxx; Mose Allison; Robert Smith (The Cure); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Chayanne; Amadou & Mariam; Sandra Bernhard; and more to be announced...


Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); David Massey (President, Mercury Records); Brian Malouf (VP of A&R, Walt Disney Records); Trevor Jerideau (VP of A&R, J Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP of A&R, Latin America, Sony/BMG); Ric Arboit (President, Nettwerk Music Group); Steve Smith (VP of A&R, Aware Records); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Anastasia Brown (Music Supervisor, FORMAT); Antony Bland (A&R, American Recordings); Allison Jones (VP of A&R, Big Machine Label Group); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Trevor Jerideau (VP of A&R, J Records); Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo Kids); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, Lost Highway); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon); Dr. Demento (Radio Host, The Dr. Demento Show); and more to be announced.

For more information, visit:  http://www.FIRST.edu

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Casting Call for Student Short Film, "We're Cougars" - The F.I.R.S.T. School

The F.I.R.S.T. School Film & Video Production class presents a casting call for a short film titled,  "We're Cougars".


Casting for:

• Mike: Male 20's, good looking, cocky frat guy and best friend to Brian.

• Brian: Male, 20's, shy and laid back college guy and friends with Mike.

• Tony: Male, 20's, Jersey Shore type guy who sells out Mike and Brian.

• Bouncer: Male, 20 to 30's big guy, should look like a bouncer.

• Bartender: Male/Female, 40 or older, creepy looking.

• Alexis: Female, 35 to 45, leader of the were-cougars.

• Roxy: Female, 35 to 45, latina, a were-cougar and second in command to Alexis.

• Vicky: Female, 35 to 45, any race, a were-cougar and comedy relief character.

Extras Needed for Club Scene. Any sex, race, between ages 25 to 45.

**TALENT should be from the ORLANDO AREA.**

Casting Dates:

August 15th, 2011. 6pm to 9 pm


Shooting Dates:

For 3 days between August 22, 2011 to September 30, 2011


The F.I.R.S.T. School, 2309 Silver Star Rd. Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 316-8310


Florida Motion Picture & Television Association - Metro Orlando event

Altamonte Springs, Florida – Florida Motion Picture & Television Association (FMPTA), Metro Orlando Chapter is proud to present Mr. Bill Grefe, FMPTA’s Co-Founder, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, and Metro Orlando Chapter Life Member as well as Film Florida Legend, as its honored guest and speaker on Monday, August 15th, 2011, at 7pm at The Hilton Orlando, Altamonte Springs. A reception for Mr. Grefe precedes the presentation at 6pm.

William Grefe’s career began as a television writer, and when the opportunity presented itself, he turned to writing feature films. During the production of his first motion picture script, The Checkered Flag, the movie’s director became ill and Grefe was drafted into assuming the director’s chores. He brought the film in ahead of schedule and it ended up grossing ten times its negative costs. Riding the wave of that first big success, Grefe continued to write, produce and direct many theatrical, money-making, motion pictures, including Stanley, Mako, and Cease Fire.

Grefe’s film and television career has run the gamut from Producer/Director of over 25 feature films, to chief operating officer of three film companies. He has directed countless TV commercials for major corporations such as General Motors, Whirlpool, and Bacardi. He is a filmmaker who has the reputation of controlling the budget, yet delivering quality film. He is an all around filmmaker who has worked as a producer, director, writer, executive producer, line producer, studio executive, and distributor whose feature films and television shows are being shown theatrically, on TV, cable, video tape, and DVD worldwide. He is not only an internationally known filmmaker, but is a respected business man and executive who has excellent experience in film distribution. He has advised and negotiated distribution contracts for dozens of companies and individuals.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have Bill, as our founder, reach out to me, expressing his pleasure of the FMPTA’s current activities and that he has agreed to share his experience with us,” explained Metro Orlando Chapter President and State President, Thomas P. Mitchell, Sr. “We are honored to be in the presence of an FMPTA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and a Film Florida Legend and look forward to experiencing Florida’s motion picture history and opportunities through his eyes.” 

Reception and presentation are open to the public.

FMPTA serves the motion picture, television, audio recording, theater, and digital media industries in the State of Florida. Members include producers, directors, casting agents, cameramen, actors, stuntmen, technicians, make-up artists, set designers, equipment rental companies, recording studios and trade/craft services.