46 Writers Head to JMF Annual Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals

For more information about the 2014 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony participants, their backgrounds and exciting new projects, visit www.johnnymercerfoundation.org/initiatives-charities/for-songwriters/the-johnny-mercer-writers-colony.

ABOUT THE JOHNNY MERCER FOUNDATION: 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: the most prolific 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 championed.

JMF partners with several institutions including: Accentuate with Positive at Kaufman Music Center in New York City and New Jersey Performing Arts Center; The Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project with Northwestern University (The American Music Theatre Project) to nurture and encourage young talent in the field of songwriting and The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, the first of its kind in the country dedicated solely to the creation of new musicals.

As well, JMF has unique relationship with Georgia State University where The Johnny Mercer Collection, including Johnny's many works and memorabilia are housed. They also support Georgia State University in a fellowship-type program to facilitate music education through the development of an elementary, middle and high school curriculum that focuses on, but is not limited to, songwriting and the Great American Songbook . The Foundation is also a major supporter of Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Mark Taper and Johnny Mercer Artists Program), Braille Institute's Johnny Mercer Children and Adult Choirs, UCLA's Art of the Brain Program, and television station KCET in Los Angeles.

ABOUT GOODSPEED MUSICALS: Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, the first regional theatre to receive two Tony Awards for outstanding achievement, produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., and additional musicals at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., which celebrates 30 years of developing new musicals in 2014. In addition to the two theatres and production facilities, Goodspeed maintains The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre. Goodspeed Musicals gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

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