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 2022 Project will take place in person, June 19 - 25, 2022, on the campus of Northwestern University 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 a stipend to help with living expenses for the week.

What COVID-19 health and safety guidelines are in place for the 2022 Project?

​As Northwestern, the city of Evanston, and the state of Illinois update their guidelines, the JMF Songwriters Project will continue to work with our health and safety specialists to evaluate and alter our plans as necessary. We are committed to keeping you informed, and our latest guidelines will be up to date on this page.

  • Northwestern is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and will follow local, state, and University guidelines for this event. All attendees will be required to have been fully vaccinated or have received a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the event start, as well as comply with all other University safety protocols that are in place at the time of the event. Participants unwilling or unable to abide by these requirements should not attend.

  • ALL staff and participants, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask at all times when indoors. Due to the nature of the project, strict social distancing will not be possible, and and university buildings will be operating at full capacity.



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 will continue to accept applications from all countries, pending any new guidelines from U.S. local, state, and federal governments. International applicants traveling to the United States by air from any part of the world are required to establish that they are fully vaccinated, with some limited exceptions. For more information, refer to Northwestern's COVID-19 FAQs for International Students & Scholars.

Is there an application fee?
There is no fee to apply to the Project.


When is the deadline to submit applications?
The deadline for 2022 applications will be February 28, 2022.

When will the participants be notified of their acceptance?
All applicants will receive notification by May 1, 2022.

What do I do if I have more questions?
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