THE 2020 APPLICATION PERIOD HAS ENDED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO APPLIED.
THE APPLICATION FOR THE 2021 JOHNNY MERCER SONGWRITERS PROJECT WILL OPEN IN JANUARY 2021.
What is the Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project?
The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project is a weeklong summer intensive for emerging songwriters and writing teams ages 18-30 across all genres, including musical theatre, pop, R&B, country, Latin, rock, and contemporary pop. It includes a week of intensive workshops taught by award-winning master teachers and culminates in a new work showcase on the final day.
When and Where does the Project take place?
The 2020 Project will take place June 21 - 27 on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, IL.
What is the cost for songwriters?
The Johnny Mercer Foundation makes it possible to offer this program free of charge to invited participants. The Project also offers free housing, a stipend to cover a portion of travel expenses, and a per diem to help with living expenses for the week.
Where do the songwriters live during the duration of the Project?
The songwriters are housed in Northwestern University undergraduate residence halls.
Are meals provided?
Meals are not provided, but there are numerous restaurants, dining halls and grocery stores in the Evanston area, many of which are within walking distance of campus.
Who can apply to be a participant in the Project?
Any songwriter between the ages of 18 and 30. We encourage artists of all ethnicities, colors, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, physical abilities, and education levels to submit. We are committed to diversity and hope artists from all over the world and from every walk of life apply for the Project.
What do I need to apply?
We ask for some basic information about you, ask some questions about your work as a songwriter, and then ask you to submit three songs that you've written. We ask for audio files and music or lyric sheets for each song.
Do you accept international applications?
We accept applications from all countries.
Is there an application fee?
There is no fee to apply to the Project.
When is the deadline to submit applications?
The deadline for 2020 applications will be March 1, 2020.
When will the participants be notified of their acceptance?
All applicants will receive notification by May 1, 2020.
What do I do if I have more questions?
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.