Image Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Jesse DylanBill Withers and Tom Waits are two guys who know a well-written song when they hear one, having both been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their acclaimed and influential work. Now, the veteran artists have signed on to serve as judges for the 2015 International Songwriting Competition, organizers have announced.

This year’s judging panel also includes Pat Metheny, Devo‘s Gerald Casale, U2 producer Steve Lillywhite, Robben Ford, Run-DMC‘s Darryl McDaniels, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jon Secada, Boyz II Men, Keb Mo, Lorde, Kesha, Moby, and Everclear‘s Art Alexakis, among other recording artists and industry executives. The panel will help choose 68 winners across 22 categories representing different genres of music.

The annual competition, which launched in 2002, is open to both amateur and professional songwriters. It aims to provide songwriters with the opportunity to have their songs heard in a professional, international setting. Winners will share more than $150,000 in cash and prizes.

Songwriters are judged on creativity, originality, lyrics, melody, arrangement and overall likeability. Some categories may have additional criteria.

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