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John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2019
Total awards: 20000 $
Join 30 $

Info & Rules

Contest info


The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting. Amateur and professional songwriters and musicians are invited to participate. ISC has the most prestigious panel of judges of all the songwriting and music contests in the world, offering exposure and the opportunity to have your songs heard by the most influential decision-makers in the music industry.


71 winners will share in the cash and prizes! ISC is a great opportunity for songwriters, musicians, and performers to win cash and prizes, further their music careers, and gain recognition and exposure in the music industry.

Categories include: AAA (Adult Album Alternative), AC (Adult Contemporary), Americana, Blues, Children's Music, Christian, Comedy/Novelty, Country, EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Folk/Singer-Songwriter, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Music, Lyrics Only, Music Video, Performance, Pop/Top 40, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Teen, Unpublished, Unsigned Only, and World Music. Entrants may submit as many songs as they wish - in the same category or in multiple categories.

In addition to cash and merchandise prizes, winners benefit from a multilateral promotional campaign designed to give international exposure and attention to their songwriting achievements. 

Depending on the category, submissions are judged on the following criteria: 

• Creativity

• Originality

• Lyrics (excludes songs that do not have lyrics)

• Melody

• Arrangement

• Overall likeability

Number of winners





Music performance



Start date

3 April 2019  -  15 December 2019


3 April 2019  -  15 December 2019





Awards and Prizes - 2019
1 $20,000 Song of the Year Winner Receives:
$20,000 Cash
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual 20TB (MSRP $1029.99)
Focusrite Clarett 8Pre Interface (MSRP $1249.99)
Mackie FreePlay LIVE Personal PA with Bluetooth (MSRP $559.99)
König & Meyer Stand Package - 26140 Microphone stand w/ Pop Killer + 19791 iPad/Tablet Holder (MSRP 264.97)
  *in addition to Lennon Award Winner package & Grand Prize Winner package
12 Lennon Award Winners Receive:
OWC miniStack (MSRP $149.99)
König & Meyer Keyboard Stand Baseline 18962-071-55
Mackie FreePlay GO Portable Bluetooth Speaker (MSRP $259.99)
Copperpeace guitar strap (MSRP $100)
  *in addition to Grand Prize Winner package
24 Grand Prize Winners Receive:
Over $8,000 in Project studio equipment from Yamaha, Audio-Technica, Genelec, Neutrik, OWC, K&M, Propellerhead and Focusrite
$1000 worth of gear from Yamaha
Yamaha A1M Acoustic Guitar or Yamaha RS320 Electric Guitar (MSRP $629)
A pair of Genelec 8030 Active Monitors (MSRP $1,890)
OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro 1.0TB USB 3.0 & 2.0 Hard Drive (MAP $119.99)
Propellerhead’s Reason (MSRP $449)
ATH-M40x headphones, AT2050 studio condenser mic, AT8314 mic cable from Audio-Technica (MSRP $556.50)
Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) (MSRP $299.99)
König & Meyer E-Guitar Stand 17540
Neutrik special edition John Lennon Educational Tour Bus connectors and cable.
Sonicbids annual membership (MSRP $132)
A one year subscription to Guitar Player, Bass Player, or Electronic Musician Magazine
72 Finalists Will Receive:
OWC USB-C Travel Dock (MSRP $54.95)
Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) (MSRP $299.99)
König & Meyer Microphone Stand 26010-300-55 (MSRP $67.99)
A one year subscription to Guitar Player, Bass Player, or Electronic Musician Magazine


Age restriction: /

Available for citizens: Worldwide