Songwriter's Corner|

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC), the international songwriting contest open to both amateur and professional songwriters, has announced the opening of the Session I contest and will accept submissions until June 15. 12 grand prize winners and 36 finalists will be announced on Sept. 1. Contest entry fees help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

Featuring over $300,000 in cash awards and prizes, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest provides songwriters with the opportunity to get their music heard. New for 2015, the JLSC has welcomed Flea (the Red Hot Chili Peppers), Grammy Award-winner producer Noel “Detail” Fisher (Beyoncé, Drake, Lil Wayne) and alt-rockers American Authors to the Executive Panel of Judges. Other noteworthy judges for the contest include George Clinton, Taylor Momsen (the Pretty Reckless), Prince Royce, 311, Fergie (the Black Eyed Peas) and more. Notable past winners include Grammy nominee Meghan Trainor, American Authors, Nasri Atweh (lead singer/songwriter of the band Magic!), Lake Street Drive, Gaby Moreno and Eliza Callahan (of the band Jack + Eliza).

“The Lennon Bus encourages music students and kids to get involved in recording music, providing them with a sense of purpose and something beautiful to do,” commented Flea. “Enter your songs now. Let’s hear them!”

“The Lennon Bus’ mission of providing free hands-on opportunities to students is supported by some of the biggest artists and brands in the industry,” said Brian Rothschild, Executive Director of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. “The John Lennon Songwriting Contest helps make it all possible while encouraging songwriters to pursue their dreams.”

Recently the JLSC announced lo-fi indie group III Bones as the winner of its annual Valentine’s Day Songwriting Contest. The Austin-based quartet, who were chosen for their original song “Love Is The Only Way,” will receive a prize package consisting of: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones, Disc Makers 12? Vinyl Pressing (200) with full-color Euro Jackets, Epiphone Casino guitar and hard case, IK Multimedia iLoud, IK Multimedia iRig, Mackie ProFX12 12-Channel USB Compact Mixer with Effects, Neutrik custom John Lennon Educational Tour Bus cable, Propellerhead Reason 8 and ZVEX Effects Fuzzolo.

For more information on the John Lennon Songwriting Contest or to enter for a chance to win over $300,000 in cash and prizes, visit

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Red River Songwriters’ Summer Camp – June 18th – 20th, 2015

Four years ago a group of like-minded songwriters decided to band together and start a small music festival in Red River, New Mexico. Equal parts scenic and sonic, The Red River Songwriters’ Festival has quickly grown into one of the premier events in the southwest for fans of storytelling troubadours. The core group — Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Drew Kennedy, Kelley Mickwee, Josh Grider, and Brandy Zdan — recognized the potential in creating an event geared toward the discerning lover of lyric and melody, and a festival was born.

What: The Red River Songwriters’ Summer Camp
When: June 18-20, 2015
Where: Various Locations in scenic Red River, New Mexico
Who: Classes led by Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Drew Kennedy, Kelley Mickwee, Josh Grider, Brandy Zdan, and Jana Pochop

Cost: $300 per person (food and lodging not provided).


Email to reserve your spot. Please include your full name and number of attendees.  We will be in touch about your payment shortly.

[Complete information is on their website as well as on COMBO’s under “Songwriters Corner].

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COMBO’s Third Annual Songwriting Contest Now Open – Ends August 31st

Hear ye, hear ye: The Colorado Music Business Organization announces its Third Annual  Songwriting Contest! Winning songs will be submitted to *REAL* publishing companies. There will be NO CA$H prizes. Do you have a song you have written and Ten ($10) Dollars laying around not doing anything? Read on because this contest is for YOU!! Individual members who are currently up on their dues may submit one song at no charge; bands get free entry for two songs. The contest starts May 1st and will end on August 31st, 2015.

Send your payment checks to:
P.O. Box 18186
Denver CO 80218

Remember: If you are currently paid up on your dues, you get one song entry at no charge! Bands get two free entries!

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