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Songbook Foundation announces new board members

10/24/2023 12AM

Volunteer directors serve three-year terms


CARMEL, Ind. – Four new members have been elected to the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Great American Songbook Foundation. Board members serve three-year terms on a volunteer basis.


Andy Marx of Los Angeles is an award-winning writer and photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Variety and other leading publications. He is the grandson of comedy legend Groucho Marx as well as renowned songwriter Gus Kahn, whose papers are housed in the Songbook Library & Archives.


Victoria Purvis of Carmel is the Director of Corporate Treasury for Group 1001, having previously worked at Whirlpool and Price Waterhouse Coopers. The Carmel High School and University of Alabama graduate holds an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.


Tony Robertson of Carmel is the CFO of Texas-based Onsite Health Diagnostics and owner of Midwest Venture Group, an investor in small businesses. He holds an MBA in Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship from Indiana University.


David Stirsman of Carmel is an attorney, real estate developer and co-owner of Salon 01 in Carmel. He and his wife, Micki, are longtime supporters of the Songbook Foundation and the affiliated Center for the Performing Arts.


The board’s current officers are Karen Kelsey, chair; Don Gottwald, vice chair; Rollin M. Dick, treasurer; and Troy Payner, M.D., secretary.


About the Great American Songbook Foundation

The mission of the Great American Songbook Foundation, founded in 2007 by five-time Grammy® Award nominee Michael Feinstein, is to inspire and educate by celebrating the timeless standards of pop, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood. Headquartered at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, the Foundation advances this rich legacy by curating physical artifacts of its creators, performers and publishers; operating a multimedia exhibit gallery; overseeing the Songbook Hall of Fame; offering programs for the public and research opportunities for scholars and artists; and providing educational opportunities for student musicians, including the annual Songbook Academy® summer intensive. The Foundation is a Cultural Affiliate of the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum®. More information is available at