About the Songbook Foundation


The mission of the Great American Songbook Foundation is to inspire and educate by celebrating the Great American Songbook.

 The beautiful melodies and thoughtful lyrics created by the musical masterminds of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood during the first half of the 20th century represent a golden age in American popular music. Five-time Grammy Award nominee Michael Feinstein founded the Great American Songbook Foundation in 2007 to preserve this rich musical legacy.

The Songbook Foundation is permanently affiliated with the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, and based at the Center's flagship concert hall, the Palladium. The Foundation – one of only five worldwide Cultural Affiliates of the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum – carries out its unique mission in numerous ways:

The Songbook Archives & Library house nearly 500,000 items, including sheet music, recordings and other artifacts from the careers of artists such as songwriters Meredith Willson (The Music Man), Johnny Burke (“Swinging on a Star”), Gus Kahn (“It Had to Be You”) and Hy Zaret (“Unchained Melody”).

The Songbook Exhibit Gallery presents rotating interactive exhibits that share the music, history and culture of the Songbook.

The Songbook Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the Great American Songbook, with a new class inducted each year. A permanent exhibit honoring the people who created and popularized this extraordinary music is located in the Shiel Sexton Songbook Lounge on the Palladium’s Gallery level.

The Songbook Academy® summer intensive is a national performing arts program for high school vocalists and the only one of its kind dedicated to the music of the Songbook.

Perfect Harmony provides group-based music programming for individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions.

For more information, visit the Songbook Foundation online at www.TheSongbook.org.


The Great American Songbook Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the music of the Great American Songbook.

The Great American Songbook Foundation fulfills its mission to preserve America's rich musical legacy by making its physical and musical histories accessible to visitors of all backgrounds - from local educators to international researchers, and from visitors of the generation that originally enjoyed the Songbook to those who are hearing its timeless melody for the very first time.

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