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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NEA grant to fund media preservation project
Historic Meredith Willson radio recordings will be available online
Finalists announced for 10th Songbook Academy
Who will earn the title of 2019 Songbook Youth Ambassador?
Firm selected to market Asherwood estate
Songbook Foundation seeks to maximize value of eight-figure gift
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

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featuring Christine Ebersole and Michael Feinstein, AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT in nyc BENEFITING THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK FOUNDATION. Click here for more.


Explore The Andrews Sisters, one of America's most popular musical families, and make some music with YOUR family at the Songbook Foundation on May 10, 2019! 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.