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2024 Session I - CLOSED
Open -
February 15, 2024
Deadline - June 30, 2024 - 11:59pm PST
Winner Announcement -
September 1, 2024
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

2024 Session II - OPEN
Open -
July 1, 2024
Deadline - December 31, 2024 - 11:59pm PST
Winner Announcement -
March 1, 2025
12 Grand Prize Winners (one in each category) and 36 Finalists (three in each category)

2023 Lennon Awards
Winner Announcement -

May 1, 2024

Grand Prize Winners of Session I and Session II will compete head-to-head in an online voting battle to become the Lennon Award Winner in their respective category.

2023 Song of the Year
Winner Announcement -

July, 2024
One of the 12 Lennon Award Winners will win Song of the Year and $20,000.

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Song of the Year

Kiss You Listen to "Kiss You" by Brittany Ann Tranbaugh


Philadelphia, PA (July 17, 2022) - Brittany Ann Tranbaugh has been announced as the winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest "Song of the Year" for her original song "Kiss You". The Pennsylvania native was one of 12 Lennon Award winners who competed for the "Song of The Year." Tranbaugh kicked off her music career as a teenager playing at Godfrey Daniels, one of the country's only remaining bona fide folk listening rooms. She has since performed all over the US and Canada in theaters, living rooms, basements, bars, coffee shops, backyards, and on festival stages including Firefly and Philly Folk Fest. In April 2022, she debuted an EP entitled "Quarter Life Crisis Haircut," her first official release in over a decade. In this new batch of memorable and thoughtfully crafted songs, she tackles a wide range of topics including her sixth grade queer awakening, an awkward run-in with an old acquaintance, and the impossibility of true folk music authenticity in this day and age.

The JLSC is celebrating its 26th year, and presents over $300,000 annually in cash awards, studio gear, instruments and prizes to contestants entering their original songs in 12 categories. As the "Song of the Year" winner, Tranbaugh won $20,000 in cash in addition to prizes from Universal Audio (Apollo x8P + Custom 10), SSL (Fusion), OWC (ThunderBay 4 Mini - 16TB), and König & Meyer (Stand Package). She has received additional prizing from Genelec, Gibson, Audio-Technica, and Neutrik, after winning both the Lennon Awards and the Grand Prize packages in the Country Category. Her song was selected to win the top prize by this year's John Lennon Songwriting Contest's judges including George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Elle King, Prince Royce, Tim McGraw, Flea, Art Alexakis and many more.




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