Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project Returns for 13th Year

Applications for emerging songwriters go live January 8, 2018

The Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) and the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University are seeking the nation’s most talented young songwriters and writing teams for the 13th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project. The free, weeklong songwriting workshop will take place June 24 to 30 on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

The program is accepting applications from aspiring songwriters, between the ages of 18 and 30 working in any popular music style from Monday, Jan. 8, until Friday, Feb. 23. The application form, guidelines and full details are available online at the Project’s website.

Grammy Award winners Stephen Bray and Lari White along with Tony Award nominees Andrew Lippa and Craig Carnelia return to lead the project this summer, which culminates with the Songwriters in Concert event June 30, a program showcasing the talents of the program participants, the master teachers and celebrating Johnny Mercer’s life and legacy.

Through the generosity of the Johnny Mercer Foundation, the program is free-of-charge to selected songwriters who are housed on Northwestern’s Evanston campus and receive a stipend for travel expenses and meals.

Last year, more than 130 applicants applied for one of the 12 spots in the prestigious program, which has been a catalyst to the careers of many artists. Among them are Tony, Oscar and Golden Globe Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Fred Ebb Award winners Sam Willmott and Shaina Taub; Jonathan Larson Award winner Nikko Benson; and Latin Grammy Award winners Obed Bermudez and singer/actress Jennifer Peña.