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Spotlights, Weekly Columns, Interviews and more from the Great American Songbook Foundation family!

12/31/2020
The soundtrack of the American romance—as heard on the car radio and seen on the silver screen in the 1930s and 40s—was largely the product of a Jewish imagination.
12/31/2020
Porter told Rodgers he had figured out the secret of writing hits. Rodgers leaned over. “I’ll write Jewish tunes,” Porter said. Rodgers laughed, but as time went by he saw Porter’s point.
12/23/2020
Using images from Broadway musicals, classic films, and personal collections, A Fine Romance tells the story of Jewish artists who created songs of wit, sophistication and optimism through America's ups and downs during the 20th century.
11/25/2020
The Songbook Foundation's Collections Highlight series, featuring bite-sized online exhibits spotlighting a collection that may be smaller in physical size, but just as significant in scope. Welcome to saxophonist Steve Madrick's collection.
11/13/2020
Meet Maryanne Siek, a uniquely talented donor who volunteers her time as well as financial resources. Maryanne grew up with the music of the Songbook and is passionate about its preservation.
11/1/2020
Check back for new hidden gems found in the Songbook Archives!
10/16/2020
At the surface level, it might seem like music’s role in politics is just a convenient way to begin or end a political rally. However, history has shown us otherwise. Political songs have been used for hundreds of years to bolster the image of politicians running for office.
10/14/2020
Join a forum where you can share your lesson plans and access creative ways to engage your students through music.
10/7/2020
I’m going contemporary with my next all-time favorite selection. The song is “Someone Like You.” The artist is Adele. Perhaps no other singer/songwriter of this era has been able to capture and communicate the emotions associated with love and loss as Adele.
9/30/2020
Join a forum where you can share your lesson plans and access creative ways to engage your students through music.
9/23/2020
In today's world of virtual auditioning and performing, it's important to have the right tools for creating a professional self-tape. Check out these tips to make you shine!
9/18/2020
The Great American Songbook Foundation is proud to offer internship positions for young professionals in school development programs. We partner with the IUPUI museum studies program and with high school students who  have interest in professional development.