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 virtual concert of new work streamed on YouTube.

When and Where does the Project take place?
The 2021 Project will take place June 20 - 26 virtually, via Zoom. 


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 a stipend to help with living expenses for the week.



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 2021 applications will be February 28, 2021.

When will the participants be notified of their acceptance?
All applicants will receive notification by May 1, 2021.

What do I do if I have more questions?
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