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Broadjam.com Announces Sponsorship of John Lennon Songwriting Contest and Educational Tour Bus

Madison, WI February 12, 2009


Broadjam.com, an indie music social media website featuring free music promotion and digital music downloads, today announced its sponsorship of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Now in its 12th year, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest offers over $275,000 in cash and prizes, including the Maxell Song of the Year cash prize of $20,000, project studio equipment from Roland, Mackie, and Godin Guitars, scholarships from Digital Media Academy, Broadjam.com memberships and much more.  Songwriters can now simply go to Broadjam.com and enter the year-round contest.  “Broadjam.com’s support provides aspiring songwriters with even more opportunities to get their music heard.” says the Contest’s Executive Director, Brian Rothschild.

Broadjam.com not only offers songwriters the ability to participate in the Lennon Contest, but also to sell music downloads at one of the highest per-song rates on the web, and find licensing opportunities to place their music in television and film. Music fans can discover and listen to the top indie music around the globe simply by signing up.

Broadjam’s sponsorship also includes The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which is a non-profit mobile audio and HD Video production studio that travels across the country to schools and events, and accompanies concert tours throughout the year. The Bus will be offering some lucky Broadjam members the chance to record on the bus.

“We’re thrilled to be involved.” says Roy Elkin, founder of CEO of Broadjam Inc. “Not only do they offer great opportunities for independent bands and musicians, but they also keep the spirit of John Lennon alive in terms of music creativity and sharing in the arts. Broadjam is here to support indie music, and so do the Lennon Contest and Educational Tour Bus.”

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About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (www.lennonbus.org)
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 11th year of touring, the venture is proud of its brand new bus and its studios, which boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. The Bus, a 501(c)(3) venture, is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Apple, Maxell Corporation, NAMM,  Rock Band 2, Roland, Sibelius, Sonicbids, Godin Guitars, Disc Makers, Edirol by Roland,  Mackie, Crate, Ampeg, Boss, Digital Media Academy, The Betsy Hotel, Aphex Systems, Audio-Technica, Glyph Technologies, Neutrik, Music Player Network, Propellerhead, Musician’s Friend, Ableton, Digidesign, Apogee, Sony, Abaltat, Litepanels, McDSP, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments, Gretsch Drums, Bogen Imaging, Noise Industries, The Plutzik Goldwasser Family Foundation and broadjam.com. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

About Broadjam.com (www.broadjam.com)
Broadjam.com is a social media website focused on indie music and musicians. The site feature free music promotion for bands and musicians as well free MP3 downloads for fans. Artists can also enter contests hosted by Broadjam, find music licensing opportunities, and sell their music at one of the highest per-song rates on the Internet. The company also offers hosting service focused on musician and bands, and distribution opportunities through other online channels.  Broadjam currently has over 90,000 artists in 190 countries.

Something like this should be parked outside of every school in America.

- Vernon Reid, Living Colour

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The increasing accessibility of digital technology has led to an amazing expansion of opportunity in the art of digital storytelling. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has been at the forefront of this new media explosion, having produced daily video projects with students since January of 2001. The Lennon Bus puts state-of-the-art digital video equipment into the hands of workshop participants and teaches the entire digital workflow from storyboarding to web publication and DVD burning. Students leave the experience having shot, chopped, scored, and (most importantly) finished an entire digital video production. Using the latest cameras and professional hardware/software solutions including Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, participants are exposed to the exciting world of digital videography and learn hot techniques of the trade. The accessibility of professional-quality technology is making it possible for millions of new voices to be heard and the John Lennon Bus is putting these tools into the hands of tomorrow's great digital producers. Subscribe to our Youtube channel so you never miss any of the amazing videos produced on the Lennon Bus.