John Lennon Scholarships


February 03, 2024

Awards Available: 3

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  • Scholarship Description
  • The John Lennon Scholarships are an annual competition open to student songwriters and composers of contemporary musical genres including alternative, pop, rock, indie, electronica, R&B, and experimental. Over the past twenty years, more than $400,000 in scholarships has been awarded to talented young musicians from colleges and universities throughout the United States, making this award one of the nation’s most esteemed accolades for emerging songwriters.

    Applicants must be current student or alumnus/alumna at a U.S. college or university between the ages of 17 and 24 as of the submission deadline. No rights to the submitted work may have been assigned to a major music publisher or to a major record label. Applicants must not be a prior BMI Foundation John Lennon Scholarship winner (excluding Honorable Mentions). Note: John Lennon Scholarship entrants who are also applying for the Nashville Songwriting Scholarship must submit different songs for each contest. Dual applicants may not submit the same original work to both competitions.
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Aylen V  on 1/28/2023 11:00:53 PM

Does it have to be a lyrical song, or can it be just instrumental?

Camdon C  on 1/9/2023 8:20:49 PM

Could I do a metal song instead? Could it be an instrumental?

Juan Botero  on 1/13/2021 2:36:42 PM

I recently got accepted to Berklee, and I am looking for financial help, since the price of Berklee is fairly steep. I am an immigrant from Colombia with a hardworking family, and the thing I want most in the world is to give back to them for all they have done for me. I am an artist based in Dallas Texas, and I am about to release my second series of singles.

Daniel c  on 9/15/2020 8:47:53 PM

Hello, I am a senior in high school, and I have expierienced homelessnes during highschool. But, stayed dedicated and I am very artistic. This would really help with my college tuition alot.

Jerome Kumbani  on 9/10/2020 7:01:03 AM

Am looking for scholarship to study Computer and Telecomunication ,am looking forrward to find it if possible

Meghan Dunn  on 8/24/2020 2:00:57 AM

Hi my name is Meghan Dunn from California this scholarship would mean a lot to me because I don't have money for school and me and my sister and my mom been struggling, my mom can't go to work because she is injured and I work 2 jobs and also going to school full time, and my family haven't had a car for about a year and can't afford one right now, this scholarship would mean so much to me.

Chris K  on 3/26/2020 10:31:00 PM

Hi i am interested in applying. Lennon has inspired me my whole life, i play guitar, bass, drums, some piano, and sing a little. All self taught. Not only has John taught me about music, love, and peace but also about life.

Darby M  on 3/12/2020 9:27:32 PM

Is this scholarship open to high school students who are also enrolled in college as well as high school? I have been doing both all throughout high school.

Rand lugo  on 3/4/2020 12:50:40 AM

Im a high school gradute Can I avail scholarships for collage

Catherine C  on 11/12/2019 4:27:28 PM

I am a senior in High School. Can I still apply for this scholarship since I will be in college next year?

Elijah S  on 10/1/2019 3:51:03 PM

Will my songs be stolen and submitted to music publishers?

Savannah S  on 12/9/2018 9:35:03 PM

This is an honorable scholarship to have ! but only God can truly determine who takes this my name is Savannah Smith I am a singer and lyricist currently writing my 3rd album. My first single is on itunes and all platforms titled Romans 5:8 a biblical title with an R&B feeling. I write only love songs about relationships and hurt but I can be versatile if asked to. It would be an honor to win this scholarship to help my music reach the front and have people connect.

Lawrence G  on 12/9/2018 1:05:13 PM

Can you win if you are a highschool student?

Teryn S  on 11/10/2018 1:32:19 PM

Would Jazz and funk count? Any form of metal? Maybe a rock-opera? Or does it have to be just those.

Jeremy W  on 9/8/2018 1:06:01 PM

Can multiple students work on the same song?

Brandon H  on 8/8/2017 4:24:39 PM

Are the genres suggested above required to base a song on, or are they just examples? I've never written a song or composed a melody or anything like that. But hey, why not start now?

Reynaldo H  on 3/24/2016 10:14:57 AM

This is a dream come true scholarship. Everyone want it but only a few are selected, or who knows. I would love to be that one of a few, like every body else. But only God knows and can determine, who really needs it. My name is Reynaldo Im a senior in HS, I would be so greatful to win this scholarship because it would help me achieve my dream in the "Law Enforcement Unit" carreer. Im only 17 and I am in many programs, in different precints and youth programs to help the community. I love to help others, and I also volunteer in order to have sometime of experience that would help me in the long run. I want to become and FBI Agent and with this little bit of help, god knows i might be able to persue my carrer even further. Its sad how college are becoming so expensive, and me like the others cannot afford. its sad how we have dreams and goals in life and we cannot achieve it because of the expensive amount we have to pay. I wish that college were free so minorities like myself can achieve our goals in life.