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Friday, March 6, 2009

The Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project

As some of you may know, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of America's finest composer/lyricists, Johnny Mercer. In honor of the centennial, the Johnny Mercer Foundation and the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University are presenting the fourth annual Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project on the university's Evanston, Illinois campus the week of June 21.

The no-fee workshop is being run by Tony and Grammy award-winning artists and writers, and is seeking the participation of aspiring songwriters and songwriting teams between the ages of 18 and 30. All popular music genres are welcome. A stipend will be provided for a portion of travel and boarding expenses for any writers selected.

In an era when songwriters aren't getting the recognition and attention they once did, and they deserve, this is very encouraging to see. For more information, or to download an application, go here.

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