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The Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project at Northwestern University

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Project Details

From 2005 to 2023, the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project at Northwestern University was a week-long intensive course for emerging songwriters and writing teams (ages 18-30) across all genres including musical theatre, pop, county, Latin, rock, and contemporary pop. It was an annual summer program that culminated in a concert featuring the participants’ new work.

Sam Mordecai at the 2019 Johnny Mercer Songwriters in Concert event. Photo by Justin Barbin Photography.

2019 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project Participants.

Since 2024, this program has been updated and relocated through our partnership with Belmont University. We’re excited to see what new heights this project can reach in the songwriting capital of the world.

We’re very proud of all the emerging talents we’ve nurtured through the Songwriters Project at Northwestern University and we continue to be grateful for their contribution.

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Johnny Mercer on the telephone.