The mission of The Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) is to support the discipline of songwriting in the tradition of the Great American Songbook as exemplified by the life and work of Johnny Mercer: lyricist, composer, performer, collaborator and producer. The Foundation continues Johnny’s legacy by partnering with individuals and organizations dedicated to celebrating and nourishing the disciplines he mastered, and the causes he and Ginger Mercer championed.
To that end, we have created a number of creative joint ventures with several institutions to facilitate our goals, including:
The Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project with Northwestern University
The Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project with Northwestern University (The American Music Theatre Project) to nurture and encourage young talent in the field of songwriting.
The Johnny Mercer Collection at Georgia State University
The Johnny Mercer Collection at Georgia State University, where Johnny’s many works, personal papers, and memorabilia are housed. We also support Georgia State University in a fellowship program to facilitate music education through the development of a K-12 curriculum that focuses on, but is not limited to, songwriting and the Great American Songbook.