2014 Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project Set for 6/22-28 in Evanston

The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University will present the 9th Annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project. The weeklong songwriting workshop for emerging songwriters and writing teams will take place from June 22 through 28, on Northwestern's Evanston campus.

The no-fee program is accepting applications from aspiring young songwriters and songwriting teams working in any popular music style through Friday, March 28. An online application, application guidelines and information are available at www.mercersongwriters.org.

Led by award-winning master teachers Craig Carnelia, Andrew Lippa and Lari White, the week will culminate with a public concert showcasing the talents of the program participants, master teachers and the soon-to-be-announced recipient of the Artist of Distinction award.

Through the generosity of the Johnny Mercer Foundation, the program is free-of-charge to selected songwriters who are housed on Northwestern's Evanston campus and receive a stipend for travel expenses and meals.

The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project hosts the nation's most promising songwriters in musical theatre, country, Latin, rock and contemporary pop music, and continues the legacy of legendary songwriter Johnny Mercer. Mercer was a dedicated mentor to young singers and songwriters throughout his career.

Last year, more than 100 applicants applied for one of the 12 spots in the prestigious program, which has been a catalyst to the careers of many artists. Among them are Latin Grammy-winner Obed Bermudez, singer/actress Jennifer Pena, songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Michael Koomin and Chris Dimond, Joe Kinosian and Kellan Blair, Adam Gwon, Carrie Manolakos and Morgan Karr.

The foundation is designed to support the discipline of songwriting in the tradition of the Great American Songbook, as exemplified by the life and work of Johnny Mercer. It continues Mercer's legacy by partnering with individuals and organizations that celebrate and nourish the disciplines Mercer mastered and the causes he championed.

The Johnny Mercer Foundation partners with the Kaufman Music Center in New York, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project with Northwestern University's American Music Theater Project to nurture and encourage young talent. The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals is the first of its kind in the country dedicated solely to the creation of new musicals.

JOHNNY MERCER: The legendary Johnny Mercer (1900-1976) composed more than 1,400 songs, including "Accentuate The Positive," "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread"); "Any Place To Hang My Hat Is Home," "Too Marvelous For Words" and "Come Rain Or Come Shine." He also wrote songs for 100 motion pictures and won four "Best Song" Academy Awards. A top radio personality and recording artist, he also was the co-founder and president of Capitol Records and established the Songwriters Hall of Fame with Abe Olman and Howie Richmond. For more on Mercer, visit www.johnnymercerfoundation.org/johnny-mercer/.

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