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"Songs make history and history makes songs."

America has a rich tradition of creating music—classical, folk, popular, jazz, rock. The Great American Songbook consists of enduring standards, the songs that are played and sung over and over by multiple generations. These songs have a timeless meaning and resonance, whether they are days or decades old.


Founded by five-time GRAMMY® Award nominee Michael Feinstein and headquartered in Carmel, IN, the Great American Songbook Foundation advances the rich musical legacy of the American Songbook by curating a vast Library & Archives to preserve its physical and cultural history and by offering immersive programming to inspire and educate all ages through music.



What is the Great American Songbook?

An enduring canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards that began in the early 20th century and continues to be written today. Learn more and experience the Songbook with our founder, Michael Feinstein.




Madelyn Steurer brings experience in branding, marketing and music
Performance pros will share experiences with students
Broadway star will join host Michael Feinstein for Public Masterclass

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Catch our most recent episode In the Archives with Michael Feinstein: Preserving the Legacy of Judy Garland. A cd cover of Judy Garland next to an image of Michael Feinstein in a blue suit with a pink tie.

Evening Hours - Visit the Songbook Exhibit Gallery prior to Center Presents events at the Palladium! Opportunities run through May 2024.


About: With a mission to inspire and educate by celebrating the music that many have now coined the “Great American Songbook”, The Great American Songbook Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is unique in its focus and ambitious in its efforts to become the authority in regards to the history, culture and continuing artistic legacy of America’s original popular song. Learn more.


Visit the Songbook Foundation:
1 Carter Green
Carmel, IN 46032