Name of Songwriting Contest:
JLSC or The John Lennon Songwriting Contest
The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is held every year in two sessions and is open to both amateur and professional songwriters across the globe. The said contest started in 1997.
In this competition, you can enter your song/s in any of the 12 categories which includes Country
, Children's, Electronic, Folk, Gospel/Inspirational, Hip Hop, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Pop, R&B, Rock and World,
Entrants must complete and submit an application form along with a copy of the song in mp3, CD or cassette format, plus a lyric sheet. There is an entry fee to join this contest and submitted songs should be 5 minutes or less in length. Participants can submit songs to multiple categories; song submissions must be original. You can upload your entries online or send it through mail provided it is postmarked before the deadline. Please visit the JLSC Web site for more information on rules and regulations.
Criteria for Judging:
Songs will be judged based on composition, lyrics, melody and originality.
The winners will receive cash and/or various in kind prizes. In all there will be 72 finalists, 24 grand prize winners, 12 Lennon Award winners and the Warped Tour prize for a winning band. There will be one Song of the Year winner who will receive $20,000 plus other prizes.
Dates to Reemember:
Session II is still open and the deadline for submission is on December 16, 2012, midnight Pacific Time. Winners of this session will be announced in March 1, 2013.
Panel of Judges:
The John Lennon Songwriting Contest has an amazing lineup of judges; they include Natasha Bedingfield, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, The Bacon Brothers, Bob Weir and Ken Komisar (Vice President of A&R at Sony Music).
For more information on The John Lennon Songwriting Contest's rules, deadline of entries, etc., visit their official Web site
JLSC. (2012). In The John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Retrieved from http://www.jlsc.com/index.php
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