Lorde, Tom Waits and Bastille to act as judges for International Songwriting Competition

Moby, Kesha, Avicii also among those on the panel for 2015 contest

Artists including Tom Waits and Lorde have been confirmed for the judging panel of this year’s International Songwriting Competition.

The annual competition, launched in 2002, aims to “encourage songwriters to create, develop, and challenge their artistry by creating something truly meaningful”. The main prize rewards its recipient with $25,000 (£16,000) in cash and $30,000 (£19,000) in career-helping services.

Other artists recruited to judge this year’s competition include Bastille, Moby, Ke$ha, Avicii and Boyz II Men.

Previous winners of the competition include Bastille, Gotye and Passenger. Last year’s winner was Australian singer songwriter Vance Joy for his song ‘Riptide’.


Meanwhile, Lorde is thought to be at work on her second album with producer Joel Little.

The New Zealand star released her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ in 2013, with co-writer Little recently claiming that the singer was “trying new things” for her next LP.

Lorde also recently described her new album as “exciting, scary” and influenced by Robyn.

Lorde will also appear on Disclosure’s next album, ‘Caracal’, with the two acts confirmed to be collaborating on “sassy yet vulnerable” music having previously performed together at the 2014 Brit Awards.