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Applications for 2022 Songwriters Project is Open

The application for the 2022 Songwriters Project opens Monday, January 3, 2022, and closes Monday, February 28, 2022.

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Past Events

Songwriters in Concert 2021

Usually an intimate concert on Northwestern University’s campus, our 2020 and 2021 projects featured new work from emerging young writers from around the world in a new virtual format.

SONGWRITERS IN (VIRTUAL) CONCERT was the closing celebration of the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project – a weeklong intensive for writers in all genres held annually each June. The highly competitive international program invites around a dozen songwriters or songwriting teams to spend a week working with award-winning professional master teachers. The program honors the legacy of Johnny Mercer by fostering the tradition of mentorship that Johnny was committed to throughout his career.

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Songwriters collage pictures.


The 2021 Mercer Songwriters were Arie Abija, Charlotte Morris, é boylan, Enid Mollel, J. Quinton Johnson, Jasmine Forsberg, Jordan Reynolds, Nakeem, Michael Shofi, Sofie Zamchick, Barrett Riggins & Graham Techler, Jude Obermüller & David Gomez, and Noah Sunday-Lefkowitz & Emma Lockwood.

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The 2020 Songwriters were Nick Butcher, Nono Chen, Kate Cosentino, Calista Garcia, Joriah Kwamé, Oliver Labrador, Tom Ling, Samantha Margret, Ian Miller, Patrick Oberstaedt, Juliette Reilly, Max Runham, Zach Seals, Rachel Weisbart, & Devin Weitz.