Contests in music are a dime a dozen, and that’s why it’s more important than ever to sift through and find the one that is right for you. Everyone wants to offer you hardware or software, but very few can actually offer prizes that translate into tangible knowledge. Cue Open Labs and their Stagelight Monthly Music Contest, which plans to pair their grand prize winner with a personal mentoring session in the studio with Linkin Park. They’ll also be throwing in a Lenovo Yoga Home 900 (Intel) and Yamaha reface CS for the grand prize winner to sweeten the pot a bit.

The first place monthly and second place monthly prizes are nothing to scoff at either, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be entering.

Find rules here, and watch the video below to learn more. If you haven’t already recorded your song, Open Labs recommends you use Stagelight – The Easy Way to Create Music. You can download the app for FREE here ($9.99/USD value).

Enter the contest here.

For those of you who aren’t as musically inclined, there is still a chance for you to win some sweepstakes prizes simply by listening and voting for their favorite songs. The complete list of sweepstakes prizes can be found at the bottom of the prizes page.