Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tunesmiths Wanted for Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project

Talented young songwriters and writing teams working in any popular music genre are encouraged to apply for a no-fee program presented by The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University this summer.

The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the American Music Theatre Project are presenting the fifth annual Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project on the University’s Evanston campus Aug. 1 to 7. All applications must be postmarked no later than May 14, 2010.

AMTP brings together the nation’s leading artists in music theatre to work in collaboration with Northwestern’s faculty and students.

The intensive weeklong songwriting program will be led by master teachers Craig Carnelia, Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist of “Sweet Smell of Success”; Andrew Lippa, Grammy-nominated artist and composer of the current Broadway musical “The Addams Family”; and three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Lari White. To learn more about the program, its master teachers or to download an application, visit

The seven-day program of master classes, workshops and a student songwriter showcase will culminate Aug. 7 in a spectacular star-studded ticketed concert, “The Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project: A Celebration of Stephen Schwartz,” at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Tony Award-winning composer Schwartz will be honored for his mentorship of young songwriters in the tradition of the legendary Johnny Mercer. Broadway performer Shoshana Bean, whose credits include “Wicked” and “Hairspray,” will be featured along with performances by the program’s master teachers and songwriters.

Emerging songwriters in pop, music theatre, hip hop, folk, Latin and country music must be between the ages of 18 and 30; writing teams must include at least one member in that age range to meet this criterion.

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