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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Applications open for 2019 Songbook Academy
Nation's top teen vocalists learn from arts and entertainment pros
Exhibit explores lasting impact of the Andrews Sisters
From humble roots, vocal trio rode new technology to height of fame
CSO to join Michael Feinstein for April 13 concert
Collaboration is first with Janna Hymes conducting
Grants benefit Songbook Foundation, Resident Companies
Foundation eyes growth in key programs
Traveling exhibit celebrates Jewish songwriters
Installation to be displayed at five Central Indiana locations


Visit our brand new Andrews Sisters Exhibit located on the top floor of the Palladium at the Center for the Performing arts.  Click here for more.


Be a part of our #JewishSongwriters project by visiting our traveling exhibit by the American Library Association currently displayed at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  Learn more.


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.