The John Lennon Songwriting Contest Peace Promotion

in conjunction with Abbey Road On the River

Winner Announcement: April 23, 2013 on

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Catherine Feeny!

Catherine has won the Grand Prize Package for her original song United!


We lay where we lay
Our bodies and blood in the way
Of all you aim to control
Of all you hope to have and to hold

We are united

We have slept for so long
Pushing away the truths we have known
We are one, hook and line
And if you sink to the bottom
I’m sinking at the same time

We are united

You are already on our side
There is but one, when you awake you will find
We’ll leave the death of our theft and neglect behind us
Celebrate life, honor the ties that bind us

We are united


Imagine Peace Songwriting Contest: Live At The Festival

Is John your hero like he is ours? Do you think you can write a song using Peace as the theme? Would you like to perform live at the Muhammad Ali Center, and if you’re good enough to make it through to the final round, perform before thousands at Abbey Road on the River and win fans along with some great prizes? It’s easy to enter;

Imagine Peace Contest Entry Requirements

  • To enter the Imagine Peace Songwriting Contest you have to write an original composition inspired by John Lennon’s lifetime commitment to peace and love. Songs should not exceed 4 minutes in length.
  • You must submit an audition video to by May 12, 2013 to be considered as one of the 50 contestants chosen to participate at the live competition at Abbey Road on the River. If selected you will receive instructions on how to register.
  • You must submit a lyric sheet for both the audition and live competition, no lyrics necessary for instrumental compositions.
  • If you are selected as a participant, you must submit your application and $25 registration processing fee by May 19, 2013.
  • You must be available to participate anytime Saturday (1pm-5:30pm) and Sunday (1pm-4:30pm).
  • CDs, DVDs, and lyrics provided will not be returned.

Imagine Peace Contest Rules

  • Contestants must perform the original composition they submitted in their audition video focusing on the theme of ‘Peace and Love’ not exceeding 4 minutes in length. You will be timed from when you begin playing until you stop playing. Your score will be affected if you exceed this time limit.
  • All genres of music are welcome.
  • Only one performer allowed per entry.
  • Only one song entry allowed per contestant.
  • You must submit a lyric sheet, no lyrics necessary for instrumental compositions.
  • A completed application and $25 registration is required to participate.
  • You must be available to participate anytime Saturday (1pm-5:30pm) and Sunday (1pm-4:30pm).
  • Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters, including Abbey Road on the River performers.
  • If you are an Abbey Road on the River performer, your song must be original and not a part of your band’s set list for the festival.
  • Winners will be chosen by a select rotating panel of judges comprised of Abbey Road on the River performers and staff.
  • Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality, stage presence, and lyrics (when applicable).
  • Top scores from each time slot will advance to next level.
  • Semi-finalists and finalists will be announced immediately after each round.
  • In Round 1 (Saturday)- Each panel will select their 7 top performers. Then staff will vote for the favorite contestants from both rounds to add a 15th wild card to the semi-finalists. 15 semi-finalists will continue to the semi-final round on Sunday.
  • If you become a semi-finalist you should have a short paragraph length bio prepared in the circumstance that you make it to the final round.
  • The judges will select 5 finalists from the 15 semi-finalists.
  • If a semi-finalist or finalist cannot compete on Sunday, the position will go to the next highest qualifier.
  • Grand prize winner receives A Gretsch Electromatic Guitar valued at approximately $600.
  • Please note, by entering this contest does not mean you receive admission into the Abbey Road on the River Festival. If you wish to go over the pedway onto the Belvedere into the AROTR festival area you must purchase a separate ticket.
  • Decision of judges and event management are final.
  • Contestants’ performance times will be confirmed by the event via e-mail.
  • AROTR reserves the right to video, keep, and broadcast all and any performances.

Prizes to include:

  • A Gretsch Electromatic Guitar (Grand prize)
  • $100 Gift Card and 2 free hours of studio time at Guitar Center (Runner-up)
  • $100 AROTR Merchandise Gift Certificate (2nd runner-up)
  • Free Entry in to National John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Final 2)