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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$1 million gift boosts support for Songbook Foundation
Star-studded events raise awareness coast to coast
New York teen claims top honors in Songbook Academy Finals
Songbook Foundation’s annual music intensive wraps 10th anniversary year
Broadway stars, Grammy winners to mentor at Songbook Academy
Free tickets now available for Public Masterclass, Songbook Showcases
10th Songbook Academy Finals set for July 20
Nation’s top teen vocalists vie for prestigious performance opportunities
Efroymson Family Fund renews support of Songbook Academy
Songbook Foundation's summer intensive marks 10th year



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.