Accentuating the Positive

For over two decades the Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) has partnered with individuals and organizations to celebrate and nourish the disciplines that Johnny Mercer mastered.

Johnny Mercer standing by a microphone.
Johnny Mercer and a band.
Johnny Mercer singing with NBC microphone.
Johnny Mercer signing into microphone.

Belmont to Host 18th Annual Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project

For its upcoming 18th annual Songwriters Project, The Johnny Mercer Foundation and Belmont University are pleased to announce the Songwriters Project will continue at Belmont University this summer, June 2024. Applications are open now through April 5th.

A legacy that lives on

JMF continues Johnny’s work through its initiatives for Educators and Songwriters; and researchers can explore our in depth collection in our Behind the Man collection.

Our Initiatives & Charitable Partners

JMF offers Educators virtual classes for grades 2 -12 with resources and guides that meet national standards appropriate for Language Arts, Music and Theater. JMF provides Songwriters in-person residencies for the professional and soon to be professional.

Johnny Mercer.

The man behind the music

For researchers, JMF offers access to the Mercer Collection containing databases, music, photos and papers that document Johnny’s career.

Get involved with the foundation

With over twenty years of experience in developing successful educational programs, JMF has expanded its reach nationally and internationally by partnering with individuals and organizations.

Dr. Freer headshot.

Funding from the Johnny Mercer Foundation affords early-career music teachers the opportunity to obtain master’s degrees while contributing to the educational efforts of the Foundation. Qualified students propose areas of study related to The Great American Songbook and partner with library personnel and music education faculty to envision, write, and field-test extended curriculum units for use in PK-12 schools throughout North America. Graduates leave with published materials, field-specific knowledge about curriculum and pedagogy, and new appreciation of Johnny Mercer’s legacy.

Dr. Patrick Freer Professor, Music Education
Scheuer smiling playing guitar.

The Writers’ Grove at Goodspeed is a treasure. It is, without question, my favorite and most productive place to work. It offers the extraordinary intersection of quiet solitude for focused writing, a community of world-class theatre-makers with whom to discuss and improve the work, as well as a team and facilities to make it all run beautifully. It was at Goodspeed that I met director Sean Daniels; at Goodspeed, we worked together on my show THE LION, which has since won a Drama Desk Award and an Off-West-End Award for Best New Musical.

Help us carry out Johnny’s legacy

Johnny Mercer on the telephone.