What is 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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Kentucky teen claims top honors in national Songbook Academy Finals
Before a near-capacity crowd at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, 18-year-old Lily Rasmussen won over the judges with her renditions of “What’s the Use of Wondrin’” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel and “The Man That Got Away,” penned by Ira Gershwin and Harold Arlen and famously sung by Judy Garland in A Star Is Born.
Chris Isaak to headline 2018 Songbook Celebration
Chris Isaak to headline 2018 Songbook Celebration Gala!
Melania Trump signs 'First Ladies' piano
A presidential tradition continues

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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.