Session I - CLOSED
Open -
January 11, 2021
Deadline - June 15, 2021 - 11:59PM PST
Winner Announcement -
September 1, 2021
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

Session II - OPEN
Open -
June 16, 2021
Deadline - December 31, 2021 - 11:59PM PST
Winner Announcement -
March 1, 2022
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

2020 Lennon Awards
Winner Announcement -

May 1, 2021

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.

2020 Song of the Year
Winner Announcement -

July, 2021
The 12 Lennon Award Winners will compete for the Song of the Year and $20,000.

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Attention songwriters, bands, artists and producers! The JLSC is running a weekly opportunity to give you the tools to express yourself and come together while we continue to be apart with live music, events and venues still on pause. All entries are also automatically competing in Session II, 2021 of the contest (see: 2021 Prizing).

Enter by SUNDAY at 11:59pm PT and we will randomly select one contest entrant to win a prize pack filled with home studio gear and instruments.

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

You could win from the following gear:

  • Genelec: 8010 monitors (pair) with carry case
  • Epiphone: Limited Edition 1966 G-400 PRO guitar
  • Casio: CT-S300 Keyboard
  • Reason Studios: Reason+ 1 year membership
  • Audio-Technica: ATH-ANC100BTBK wireless in-ear headphones
  • Neutrik: *Special Edition* John Lennon Educational Tour Bus instrument cable
  • Sonicbids: Gig-Seeker Pro 1 year membership
  • OWC: USB-C Travel Dock


"Imagine all the people living life in peace." - John Lennon


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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