John Lennon Songwriting Contest in Full Swing

By Phill Powell


Time to COME TOGETHER and celebrate the amazing musical legacy of John Lennon. And what better way to honor one of the greatest songwriters of all time than through an amazingly cool songwriting contest!

You’ve still got time to enter your song in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest!

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest represents $300,000 in cash and prizes…and you can participate, whether you’re a musician who’s ready to blow the world away with your greatest song, or just a fan of one of the musical performers or groups who enter.


Our good friends at the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus tell us that the competition is already heating up:

  • We’re currently in the first round of competition (Session I), with entries being accepted through June 16, 2016. Then those submissions will be evaluated, with twelve Grand Prize winners announced on September 1, 2016.
  • Then Session II begins, with entries accepted from June 16, 2016 until December 15, 2016, with those finalists announced on March 1, 2017.
  • After that, each Grand Prize winner from Session I goes up against the winners of Session II in an online voting battle. It all leads to one composition being crowned Song of the Year on July 17, 2017.

Vote for your favorite contest song and that band could win an Epiphone Casino…and $20,000 in cash!


The Song of the Year winner will receive $20,000 in cash and various other prizes.

Those prizes will include a $1,000 gift certificate from DMA for the Song of the Year winner, as well as twelve $500 gift certificates for the final Grand Prize winners.

To submit a song for consideration, ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE and a $30 entry fee for each song (lasting 5 minutes or less), along with a lyric sheet and completed application.

You can apply online or by mail. All entry fees go to help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

Remember, entries are only accepted until December 15, 2016, so IT WON’T BE LONG before this contest is over.


And there are also plenty of other prizes, including one of the great famed musical instruments of Rock ‘n’ Roll history, as Matthew Reich, VP of U.S. Tours & Promotions for JLETB, told us.

“We encourage them to get their families, friends and fans to vote at least once a day and they can win an Epiphone Casino guitar,” Reich said.

The Epiphone Casino became famous during the 1960s as “the” Beatle guitar of choice, being favored by John Lennon as well as bandmates Paul McCartney and George Harrison. A classic hollowbody guitar of unmatched tone, the Epiphone Casino is an amazing prize.

For more information, visit the John Lennon Songwriting Contest page.

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest encourages creativity and tech awareness. Join the fun today!


Digital Media Academy is proud to be partnered with The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

We share its mission of showing young people how to express themselves through music production, and how to do it professionally.

Just IMAGINE the possibilities!