What is the Songbook?

The "Great American Songbook" is the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century.  These popular and enduring songs, created for Broadway theatre, musical theatre and Hollywood musical film between the 1920s and 1950s, are often referred to as “American standards”, which are the very cultural treasures that the Great American Songbook Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting in our mission and programs.

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Development team welcomes two staffers
New directors aim to build Center's partnerships, support
Songbook Foundation to sell Asherwood estate
Massive auction of furniture and other items set for Nov. 17-18
Songbook Foundation archivist earns national certification
Lisa Lobdell has overseen the Foundation’s Songbook Archives & Library since 2010
Songbook Foundation staffer named to history leadership program
Cathy Burton, Director of Museum Planning & Audience Enrichment, will attend History Leadership Institute
Private Asherwood golf courses now open for charity play
Proceeds will support Great American Songbook Foundation
Kentucky teen claims top honors in Songbook Academy Finals
Lily Rasmussen, 18, wins over judges with renditions of “What’s the Use of Wondrin’” and “The Man That Got Away”
Melania Trump signs 'First Ladies' piano
A presidential tradition continues
Chris Isaak to headline 2018 Songbook Celebration
Annual gala includes Hall of Fame inductions, after-party

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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.