The 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Session 1 is now Open
Session I - OPEN
Open - January 15, 2009
Deadline - June 15, 2009
Winner Announcement -
September 1, 2009
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)
The John Lennon Songwriting Contestis an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions — with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 Maxell Song of the Year.
You don’t need a professional recording. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics (when applicable). Your songs may be entered in any of the following categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Folk, and Children’s. Instrumental compositions are encouraged.
Al Jarreau, Bob Weir, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, Jesse Harris, Teairra Mari, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bacon Brothers, Ken Komisar and The Veronicas are some of the members on our Executive Committee of Judges.
MEET THE JUDGES
This is the biggest JLSC prize package to date, totaling over $275,000 in cash and prizes!! There are a total of 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and the “Maxell Song of the Year.” Winners, based on their level of achievement, will receive Studio Equipment from Godin Guitars, Roland/Edirol and Audio-Technica, 1,000 CDs in full color with premium 4-panel Digipaks courtesy of Disc Makers, and gift certificates from MusiciansFriend.com. The writer(s) of the “Maxell Song of the Year,” the highest honor bestowed in the contest, will receive a $20,000 check courtesy of the Maxell Corporation, as well as an Apple Mac Pro, Cinema Display, a Mackie Mixer, a Pair of Mackie Studio Monitors, and Logic Pro Software and a $250 Gift certificate, for each band member, to Digital Media Academy. In addition to the songwriting prizes, one band is selected annually to perform on the Warped Tour for one week and will receive a Crate Half Stack and Ampeg Head and Cabinet Set and a Homepage Feature on Purevolume.com!
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 song
A completed application
Read the Rules & Regulations carefully before entering.
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