Perfect Harmony sessions suspended and the Songbook Exhibit Gallery closed through June 30 due to coronavirus recommendations. Click here for a full update.

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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Center plans return to on-site operations
Small-scale events to resume over summer months
National finalists named for first online Songbook Academy
Guest mentors include Scott Bradlee, Janis Siegel, Ashley Park, Faith Prince
Video series captures stars' advice to younger performers
Songbook Academy opens vaults to share 'Masterclass Moments'
Songbook Foundation selected to continue national museum assessment
Process lays groundwork for development of Songbook Museum
City launches Carmel Cares initiative
Social media campaign provides community connection

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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.