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Vans Warped Tour, Lennon Bus & Sing Me a Story Foundation bring children’s stories to life

Vans Warped Tour, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and The Sing Me a Story Foundation team up to bring the stories of children in need to life through music.

During Vans Warped Tour 2014, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus partnered with The Sing Me a Story Foundation to record four songs written for children in need by participating Warped Tour artists thanks to Neutrik USA. Mayday Parade, Less Than Jake and Anberlin, along with the winners of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s Vans Warped Tour prize presented by Neutrik USA, Wildcat Apollo, were each inspired by stories written by children associated with Gilda’s Club – Nashville and The New York Writers Coalition.  Videos of the four incredible recording sessions can be seen here:

Mayday Parade- Sing Me A Story Session at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour-

Less Than Jake - Sing Me A Story Session at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour-

Anberlin - Sing Me A Story Session at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour-

Wildcat Apollo - Sing Me A Story Session at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour-

The reactions from the kids were wonderful! Josiah from Gilda’s Club in Nashville exclaimed, “That’s so awesome! It’s catchy! I love it! It’s sort of rock n’ rollish!” While Gabe from Gilda’s Club reacted, “Thank you so much! I have to go download it now! Thank you for giving me the chance to write a story!” Rose Gorman, Project Manager from the New York Writers Coalition, says, “When I spoke with Iniko’s mom she said that Iniko was extra surprised to have her poem chosen by Anberlin and said, ‘That wasn’t even my best piece!’ 

To date, the songs have raised almost $1000 for these fantastic childrens’ charities.

The premise of The Sing Me a Story Foundation is to give children in need the chance to write and illustrate stories about anything they want. They then distribute those stories to songwriters who turn them into songs, record them and send them back to the kids and families via their program. Each song is available for download on the Sing Me a Story website and individuals who donate to the individual songs receive them as an Mp3 with their donation receipt. The funds raised are then split between the organization from where the story originated and The Sing Me a Story Foundation. It all takes place online and you can see what they’re up to at http://www.SingMeAStory.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 17th year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Lennon 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. Lennon Bus Europe began providing these same opportunities to the young people of Europe when it launched in Liverpool, UK in May 2013.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon and the following sponsors and contributors: Apple, NAMM, Montblanc, Sony, Yamaha, Neutrik, Musician’s Friend, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone, Avid, AudioTechnica, 
Digital Media Academy, SESAC, Genelec, SSL, NewTek, True Religion, Thomann, TodoCast by Globecomm, 
Vox Amps, SAE Institute, Reflecmedia, Baker & McKenzie, JamHub, Sonicbids, Litepanels, Manfrotto, Clear-Com, 
Anton/Bauer, AJA, Copperpeace, Aphex Systems, Applied Acoustics Systems, Mobile Roadie, McDSP, Native Instruments, 
IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, iZotope, Mad Mimi, Ableton, Ampeg, Mackie, Apogee, Boingo, Glyph, 
Guitar Player, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Keyboard Magazine, Digital Rapids, SKB, LiveU.

For additional information about the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and to check on the tour dates and locations, visit http://www.lennonbus.org.

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions—with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 Song of the Year winner with a prize package totaling over $300,000 in cash awards and prizes. The Executive Judges Panel includes artists, songwriters and musicians such as Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Prince Royce, George Clinton, Jimmy Cliff, Jim Steinman and more. All proceeds from the contest help support the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

For additional information about the John Lennon Songwriting Contest visit http://www.jlsc.com.

For more information about the event, please contact either The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus or The Sing Me a Story Foundation:

Matthew Reich
Assistant Director / Tour Coordinator
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
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Austin Atteberry
Executive Director
The Sing Me a Story Foundation
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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.