In January of 2018, the Great American Songbook Foundation was generously gifted a 107-acre estate in Carmel, Indiana by Bren Simon, the widow of Mel Simon, co-founder of Indianapolis-based shopping mall giant Simon Property Group. As Great American Songbook Founder, Michael Feinstein, graciously expressed during the donation announcement, this gift provides “endless possibilities” for the Great American Songbook Foundation, as the organization continues towards its goal of creating a freestanding Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Museum, dedicated to the timeless popular music of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood.
The estate, known as Asherwood, was the former home of Bren Simon and late husband Mel Simon. The property at 10110 Ditch Road includes a furnished 50,000-square-foot main house, an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse, a 6,000-square-foot guesthouse, several other structures and two golf courses.
Foundation staff and board members are currently under-going a strategic planning process to determine the future use of this property.