Session I - OPEN
Open -
January, 2020
Deadline - June 15, 2020 - 11:59PM PST
Winner Announcement -
September 1, 2020
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

Session II - CLOSED
Open -
June 16, 2020
Deadline - December 15, 2020 - 11:59PM PST
Winner Announcement -
March 1, 2021
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

12 Lennon Awards
Winner Announcement -

May 1, 2020

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
Winner Announcement -

July, 2020
The 12 Lennon Award Winners will compete for the Song of the Year and $20,000.

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The John Lennon Songwriting Contest and GRAMMY Music Education Coalition present GRAMMY WEEK!

A special contest for Singers, Songwriters and Bands. Win over $3K worth of gear + perform live during GRAMMY Week!

Contest Deadline: January 20, 2020
Winner Announcement: January 21, 2020

$30 per song. Entry fees from this contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
Perform live at Artist For Artist Night @ GRAMMY Week - Hex Brand DTLA on Thursday Jan 23rd 7pm
VIP Tour of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at The Staples Center
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones
Audio-Technica System 10 Mic
Copperpeace "Imagine" Strap
Dinner for 2 courtesy of Ace Hotel
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite
Genelec pairs of 8010 monitors with carry case
Hex Brand Backpack
K&M E-Guitar Stand 17540
K&M Microphone Stand 26010-300-55
Neutrik custom John Lennon Educational Tour Bus cable and connectors
OWC Mercury On-the-go Pro 1TB Hard Drive
OWC USB-C Travel Dock
Reason courtesy of Reason Studios
Sonicbids Gig Seeker Pro membership
Yamaha PAC012DLX OVS Electric Guitar
Yamaha PSRE263 Keyboard
Yamaha SKD2 Survival Kit
*Airfare, hotel, transportation are solely the responsibility of contest winner and is not covered by The John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Winner should be available during this date range (January 21, 2020 - January 25, 2020) in the Los Angeles area. Exact date and location of VIP Tour to be determined by The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.


Each entry requires the following elements:
One Song five (5) minutes or less (mp3, CD or cassette)
A lyric sheet -- no lyrics necessary for instrumental compositions
A payment -- $30.00 per entry
A completed application

Read the Rules & Regulations carefully before entering.


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