Liverpool International Song Contest

Submissions for 2021 closed

The International Song for Kindness Contest that was launched in memory of John Lennon, in what would’ve been his 80th year, has brought on new partners. In addition to global charity tuff.earth, Liverpool City Council and The Cavern Club running the competition, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and Strawberry Field are now part of the unique collaboration.

In response to the challenging times the world has been facing, the aim of the song contest is to raise spirits – whilst offering musicians an exciting opportunity to gain international exposure and a fantastic prize for the winner. Following the example of John Lennon’s Imagine, the song contest is searching for a song of hope and optimism.

Any genre will be considered for entry however the song must be an original piece of work submitted by the songwriter and performed by the songwriter or a nominated artist. To enter the competition, songwriters and musicians can submit their track (video or audio), song name, writer, performer, lyrics and where they are based via the competition’s online portal.

The closing date for entries is July 31st 2021 – the 50 year anniversary of the recording of John Lennon’s Imagine – and the Top 50 entrants, as selected by the competition judges, will be announced on August 21st 2021.

On September 14th 2021, the Top 10 will be announced and will be subject to extensive marketing before being passed to an expert panel of judges. The Top 3 and competition winner, as selected by the expert panel, will be declared on October 9th 2021 and a very special prize is in store for the winner.

In addition to receiving a great deal of exposure and marketing for winning the competition, the winner will be awarded the prize of having their track professionally produced, mixed and mastered at The Motor Museum by Daniel Xander from Music R3volution

Liverpool’s iconic Motor Museum studio is owned by OMD’s Andy McCluskey and it has produced music for the likes of Oasis, The Arctic Monkeys, Ben Howard and Jake Bugg. The winner will benefit from Daniel Xander’s production expertise, having produced X Factor stars such as Anthony Russell and having worked on both X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent TV shows.

The LSK competition is part of the KIND20 initiative from global charity tuff.earth – an ongoing project that aims to promote kindness in response to Covid-19. The project has so far reached over 7 million people worldwide through its #KIND20 projects in communities and schools around the globe.

The contest is open for entries until July 31st 2021, with the winner announced on October 9th 2021. The ground breaking concept brings together some of Liverpool’s most famous institutions and a global charity to deliver a message of hope and kindness for the future, whilst giving musicians an exciting opportunity for exposure.

*Closing date | 31st July 2021

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