Initiatives For Songwriters

The Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project at Belmont University

Established in 2024, the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project at Belmont University is a week-long intensive course for emerging songwriters and writing teams (ages 18-30) across all musical genres. Each summer, the chosen songwriters gather for instruction and mentorship under our accomplished faculty, as well as creative collaboration with each other. The program culminates in a concert featuring the participants’ new work.

The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project was previously hosted at Northwestern University for 15 very successful years. The relocation and reimagining of the program in Nashville, the songwriting capital of the world, will allow participants to benefit from the expertise and experience that only that town can provide!

2024 Faculty To Be Announced Soon!

When will the 2024 Songwriters Project be held?

This year’s program will be held from June 24th through June 29th.

How do I apply?

Applications to the Songwriters Project are done in the format of YouTube videos!

We ask you to introduce yourself, providing some basic information and answering a few questions provided as a guide. We also ask you to perform 2 original songs.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we ask applicants to keep these videos to a 7-minute maximum length. If your songs are longer than that, please perform a verse/chorus/bridge/chorus version (or something similar) and put the lyrics in their entirety in the video description.

You can find the submission form here or by clicking the “Apply Now!” button above.

When is the deadline for submitting applications?

The deadline for this program cycle is April 5th, 2024.

When are applicants notified of admission decisions?

All applicants will receive notice of admission decisions by May 13th, 2024.

What if I have more questions?

If you have additional questions or need more information, please feel free to contact Natalie Peterson at