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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Red Letter Day from Los Angeles, CA and Olivia Millerschin from Detroit, MI were announced as the two winners of the coveted John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2018 NAMM Show opportunity!

These two selected artists will each receive:

-NAMM Show performance slot on the main stage in the Grand Plaza
-NAMM Artist Badges
-Professional live music video recording of performance courtesy of the Lennon Bus
-Audio-Technica System 10 handheld mic
-Disc Makers 1000 CDs in digi, barcode, mega bundle and 100 custom posters
-Yamaha Pacifica Electric Guitar
-Yamaha PSRE263 Keyboard + SKD2 Survival Kit
-Line 6 AmpliFi75 amplifier
-Line 6 Sonicport VX
-Genelec 8010 Studio Monitors & Carry Bag
-Neutrik custom John Lennon Educational Tour Bus cable & connectors
-OWC (Other World Computing) On-The-Go Pro 1TB Hard Drive
-Propellerhead Reason

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will be hosting performances at the 2018 NAMM Show, taking place January 25-28, 2018 in Anaheim, CA. The NAMM Show is an annual event in the US that is the world's largest trade-only event for the music products industry. It is held every January in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Convention Center and includes over 99,000 visitors. Entry fees from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest help support the non-profit Lennon 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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