In honor of John Lennon’s 80th birthday, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest(JLSC) have announced a partnership with Gibson Gives–-the iconic American instrument brand’s charitable arm–to support musicianship, music education, and songwriting for people of all ages. Among the initiatives, 24 Lennon contest winners will receive an Epiphone LTD Edition Les Paul Quilt Top Pro and an Epiphone Zenith Masterbilt Acoustic Round Hole. Songwriters, artists, and bands are encouraged to enter the 24th annual JLSC with over $300,000k in cash awards and giveaways. All entrants will also qualify for weekly contests, offering additional gear giveaways, including a Gibson guitar.
October 9, 2020, would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday. His contributions to music, culture, activism, art, and fashion resonate to this day. In celebration, the Lennon Bus and Contest will have a virtual Imagine Party on October 9 on the Lennon Bus’ Instagram Live. The special show will feature celebrities, JLSC winners, Lennon Bus participants, and educators. Tune in to hear in-depth stories around John Lennon’s Gibson guitars and the songs he wrote with them, as well as giveaways and promotions.
“Gibson Gives is all about inspiring, creating, and supporting music one guitar at a time,” says James ‘JC’ Curleigh, President and CEO of Gibson. “This is our opportunity to ‘imagine’ what could be possible for future musicians by partnering with the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, especially during this challenging era.”