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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Songbook Foundation appoints development officer
Marissa Nielsen brings decade of experience in philanthropy
'Politics on Stage' exhibit adds Saturday hours
Free monthly open house begins Jan. 11
Applications open for 2020 Songbook Academy
Early-bird application deadline is Feb. 15
Exhibit looks at politics in musical theater
Interactive installation 'Of Thee I Sing' will run through 2020 election
Center seeks naming partner
Long-term sponsorship would support artistic and educational programs



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.