Session I - CLOSED
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 - OPEN
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.

2019 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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POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Songwriters have always been at the forefront of free speech and social justice, using their music to make a positive change. Each week, the JLSC is running a weekly opportunity to give you the tools you need to express yourself!

Enter by SUNDAY at 11:59pm PDT and we will randomly select one contest entrant to win a prize pack filled with home studio gear and instruments. All entries are also automatically competing in Session II, 2020 of the contest (2020 Prizing).

Winners announced each Monday on Instagram Live at 2pm EDT. Follow @lennonbus to join the conversation.

Josh Berkeley was the winner of Week 2, with his song, BLACK SKIN.


You could win the following Lennon Contest gear:
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones
Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ microphone
Audio-Technica ATM510 microphone
Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST)
Genelec Pair of 8010 monitors with carry case
K&M Electric Guitar Stand
K&M Tablet PC holder
Neutrik custom John Lennon Educational Tour Bus cable & connectors
OWC Mercury On-the-go Pro 1TB Hard Drive
OWC USB-C Travel Dock
Reason Studios Reason
Sonicbids Sonicbids membership (Gig Seeker Pro)
Yamaha Pacifica Electric Guitar
Yamaha PSRE263 Keyboard & SKD2 Survival Kit
Magazine Subscription (Digital): Guitar Player, Guitar World, Bass Player OR Electronic Musician


"Power to the people, right on." - John Lennon


Each entry requires the following elements:
One song five (5) minutes or less in the form of MP3 (12MB or less), 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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