The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project is a weeklong intensive at Northwestern University for emerging songwriters and writing teams (ages 18-30) across all genres including musical theatre, pop, country, Latin, rock and contemporary pop. The program celebrates the Great American Songbook including songs written by Johnny Mercer himself. It is an annual, summer program and culminates in a new work showcase and a star-studded celebration concert.
Since 2005, the Johnny Mercer Foundation and the American Music Theatre Project have partnered to develop workshops and master classes led by professional songwriters and master teachers such as Craig Carnelia (The Sweet Smell of Success), Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) and Lari White (Green Eyed Soul).
The Johnny Mercer Foundation makes it possible to offer this program free of charge to invited participants and offers a stipend to cover a portion of travel expenses.
The Songwriters Project is scheduled for June 19-25, 2016 at Northwestern University. The 2016 participants include fourteen emerging songwriters from across the globe. The week-long event will conclude with Songwriters In Concert on June 25, 2016.