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.

Awards and Prizes
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(December 20, 2018)...And the winners of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest NAMM Show Sonicbids exclusive opportunity are...STONE & SNOW - alt-folk singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalists from Bloomington, IL and EMERGENCY TIARA - self-described J-Pop meets French Pop from New York, NY via Tokyo. Catch these two winning artists live on the main stage at the 2019 NAMM Show in January! Each artist will receive an extensive prize package including gear, all-access passes to the 2019 NAMM Show, a live music video produced by the Lennon Bus and a highly coveted performance slot on the main stage in the Grand Plaza!

Each winner will receive:

- NAMM Show performance slot on the main stage
- NAMM Show all-access badges
- Professional live music video recording of performance courtesy of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by OWC
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones
- Audio-TechnicaSystem 10 handheld mic
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface w/Pro Tools First
- Focusrite Red, 2i2-2 Mic Pres + Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST)
- Genelec 8010 Studio Monitors & Carry Case
- K&M Electric Guitar Stand
- K&M Microphone Stand
- Mackie FreePlay LIVE Personal PA with Bluetooth
- Neutrik custom Lennon Bus cable & connectors (set of 2)
- OWC On-The-Go Pro 1TB Hard Drive
- OWC USB-C Travel Dock
- OWC Custom Envoy Pro
- Propellerhead Reason
- Sonicbids Annual Membership
- Yamaha PAC012DLX OVS Electric Guitar + PSRE263 Keyboard + SKD2 Survival Kit


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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