BMI Foundation Announces 8th Annual John Lennon Scholarships for Songwriters

Posted in News on October 19, 2004
The BMI Foundation has announced the opening of the 8th Annual John Lennon Scholarship competition for young songwriters. Established by Yoko Ono in 1997, the John Lennon Scholarships are made possible through generous donations from Ono with matching funds from Gibson Musical Instruments. One $10,000 scholarship (first prize) and two $5,000 scholarships (2nd and 3rd prize) will be awarded in 2005.

Students between the ages of 15 and 24 from 50 select schools have been invited to apply. Submitted songs must have original music and lyrics. The National Association for Music Education/MENC will also submit additional entries to the competition drawn from their college and university chapters around the county. Click here for more information, including a list of eligible schools, official rules and application materials. The postmark deadline for entries is January 21, 2005. Questions may be addressed to

The BMI Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions and grants. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation come primarily from songwriters, composers and publishers, BMI employees and members of the public with a special interest in music. Because both the Foundation staff and the distinguished members of the Advisory Panel serve without compensation, over 95% of all donations and income are used for charitable grants.

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