The mission of The Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) is to support the discipline of songwriting in the tradition of the Great American Songbook as exemplified by the life and work of Johnny Mercer: lyricist, composer, performer, collaborator and producer. The Foundation continues Johnny’s legacy by partnering with individuals and organizations dedicated to celebrating and nourishing the disciplines he mastered, and the causes he and Ginger Mercer championed.
To that end, we have created a number of creative joint ventures with several institutions to facilitate our goals, including:
– The Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project with Northwestern University (The American Music Theatre Project) to nurture and encourage young talent in the field of songwriting.
– The Johnny Mercer Collection at Georgia State University, where Johnny’s many works, personal papers, and memorabilia are housed. We also support Georgia State University in a fellowship-type program to facilitate music education through the development of an elementary and middle school curriculum that focuses on, but is not limited to, songwriting and the Great American Songbook.
– Florida International University Fellowship Program to create high-quality instructional materials and provide professional development opportunities for music and language arts teachers.
– The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals for emerging writers to research, develop, and create new musicals.
Finally, we support various charitable causes championed by Johnny and his wife, including UCLA’s Art of the Brain program, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (Mark Taper and Johnny Mercer Artists Program), and the Braille Institute (Johnny Mercer Children and Adult Choirs).