There are a variety of ways to support the future of the Songbook Academy®, which has now impacted aspiring young singers from across the country for over ten years.  This program would not be possible without the generous support of our community partners, sponsors, Mentor Champions and more.


Become a Mentor Champion

Songbook Academy participants gain life-changing musical and performance experience thanks in large part to the investment musical directors and vocal coaches make in each of the forty students selected to participate annually. These mentors make a lifelong impression in Songbook Academy participants, many who continue to pursue careers in the music industry, now with a special place in their hearts for the music of the Songbook. 


As the Academy looks to begin its next chapter, we are dedicated to creating more diversity among the students, making funds available to students of need, and reaching more educators. Gifts of $5,000 allow donors to become a named Mentor Champion for the 2020 Academy. Only ten opportunities are available!


If you’re interested in becoming a Mentor Champion please feel free to reach out to Marissa Nielsen, Individual Giving Officer, at


2020 Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Mentor Champions


This year's Songbook Academy® was made possible by generous support from the following sponsors:



Scholarship Funds

Need-based financial assistance for Songbook Academy participants and families is made possible by:


The Francine A. LeFrak Leadership Fund

The Peggy Ford Scholarship


Additional Support

The Songbook Academy® receives additional support from the City of Carmel, The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation and Visit Hamilton County.  


Learn More

Interested in making a gift or becoming a sponsor?  Click here to learn more about supporting the Songbook Academy, a program of the Great American Songbook Foundation.