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January, 2017
Deadline - June 15, 2017 - 11:59PM PST
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September 1, 2017
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June 16, 2017
Deadline - December 15, 2017 - 11:59PM PST
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March 1, 2018
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12 Lennon Awards
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May 1, 2018

Grand Prize Winners of Session I and Session II will compete head-to-head in an online voting battle to become the Lennon Award Winner in their respective category.

Song of the Year
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July, 2018
The 12 Lennon Award Winners will compete for the Song of the Year and $20,000.

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2014 Song of the Year
 
 
 
 

The Rare Occasions

New York, NY (July 29, 2015) --- The Rare Occasions were announced as the winners of the coveted John Lennon Songwriting Contest 'Song of the Year' for their original song “Dysphoric.” The announcement was made on 95.5 PLJ in New York with radio host Ralphie Aversa and Executive Judges (and past Grand Prize Winners) American Authors, who are known internationally for their chart-topping hit “Best Day of My Life.”

As 'Song of the Year' winners, The Rare Occasions won $20,000 in cash in addition to prizes from Solid State Logic, Mackie, IK Multimedia, SESAC and Digital Media Academy. They have also received other prizing throughout 2014 after winning both the Lennon Awards and the Grand Prize packages in the Rock category. The song was selected to win the top prize by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Executive Committee of Judges, consisting of legendary and contemporary superstars such as Fergie, George Clinton, Prince Royce, American Authors, Switchfoot, Bootsy Collins & more.

Drawing inspiration from each successive wave of garage rock, The Rare Occasions put their own dark spin on retro. A dizzying cacophony of angular riffs and dripping wet lyrics, the Boston-via-Providence quartet first formed in a Tufts University practice space three years ago. Since then, The Rare Occasions have performed for festival audiences at SXSW and CMJ, self-produced two critically-acclaimed EPs and opened for internationally touring acts including Guster, Dirty Heads, Lupe Fiasco, AJR and Knox Hamilton.

A total of over $300,000 in cash awards and prizes will be distributed this year by the year-round John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is open to both amateur and professional songwriters. Visit JLSC.COM for more information about the contest and to enter for your chance to become the next 'Song of the Year' winner. All entry fees from the contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

 

 

 

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