Gang Of Youths, Big Scary & More Aussies Win International Songwriting Awards

Musos like Gang Of Youths, Big Scary, Kate Miller-Heidke and Glenn Cardier have done Australia proud, after taking home awards in the annual International Songwriting Competition (ISC).

Out of over 16,000 entries from 137 countries around the world, a bunch of Aussies have placed in the top three of their respective genres.

Gang Of Youths frontman David Leaupepe took out first place in this year’s Rock category, while Glenn Cardier took out the Performance category.

Kate Miller-Heidke and The Beards claimed first position in the Comedy/Novelty section, while Big Scary’s Tom Iansek and Jo Syme were awarded second place in the Adult Album Alternative category, just in front of Sydney’s Phebe Starr.

This year’s ISC Grand Prize went to Canada’s Matt Epp and 16-year-old Faouzia Ouihya for their duet ‘The Sound’, making them the first Canadians to win the top prize in the history of the competition. They take home USD$25,000 in cash and over USD$45,000 in other prizes.

Interestingly, 59 per cent of this year’s winners were also from outside the United States, which is always a pleasing thing to see.

You can check out the full winners list at the ISC website, and Australia’s other finalists right here.

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