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"Ella Sings the Songbook" Exhibit Opens at the Palladium

Our newest interactive exhibit, Ella Sings the Songbook, opened to the public in January. At the official opening event on January 19, visitors enjoyed the festive environment while discovering more about Ella Fitzgerald and her musical legacy. 

The new exhibition is visitor-centered, with more than thirty new musical selections available on the Songbook Exhibit Gallery's interactive display. Two people who know Ella’s story well, Fran Morris Rosman, Executive Director of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, and Wall Street Journal jazz critic Will Friedwald, were on hand to share their stories. 

We are pleased to announce that Ella travels, too. The traveling exhibition is available for local schools, libraries and community groups to borrow. To learn more, please contact Cathy Burton, Director of Programs, at 317-844-5456.

Click here to read a review of the Ella Sings the Songbook opening events by Indianapolis arts reporter Jay Harvey.

Songbook Academy: Apply Today!

The Songbook Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017 Songbook Academy, our summer music intensive for high school vocalists, through March 25. We're on track for a record-breaking number of applicants in 2017!

The program pairs young musicians with incredible mentors like Broadway’s Jarrod Spector and Laura Osnes; jazz greats including Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne, and Jane Monheit; and educators from America’s leading collegiate music and theater programs. Applications are submitted electronically via

Click the image at right to watch our promo video, then share it with your favorite high school-aged singer today!

Songbook Archives On The Move!

In December, we completed a major project by moving the Songbook Archives to an off-site location. The staff of our affiliate organization, the Center for the Performing Arts, will be moving their administrative offices into our former archive space in the coming months.

This change came at a very good time for us, as the Songbook Archives has acquired many new collections in recent years. In just over three weeks, we prepared the 190-plus collections that are housed in the Songbook Archives to be moved. Thanks to the hard work of our professional moving team, the transfer was smooth and successful, and we are now getting settled into our new, larger archive space.

Our archives intern, Ashlee James, wrote a post for the Songbook Blog that detailed the move. Click here to read!

"Songbook Academy All Stars in Concert" Recap

On Saturday, January 7, all our Songbook Youth Ambassadors returned to the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana to share the stage together for the first time- what an amazing way to start the year! The audience heard beautiful voices and contemporary takes on a variety of Songbook classics and American standards. 

Each Youth Ambassador performed as a soloist, and several were also paired together for duets. The evening ended with all seven Songbook Youth Ambassadors coming together for a special performance of the Gershwin's "Love is Here to Stay" that was arranged by the show's musical director, Tedd Firth. The dynamic evening was full of personality, leaving each member of the audience feeling like the New Year had started with a song in their heart! Click here to see photos of the show.

Volunteer Profile: Anna Sleppy

As a small non-profit organization, the Songbook Foundation depends on a team of dedicated volunteers who assist us with the Songbook Exhibit Gallery, provide tours to our visitors and tour groups, and complete a wide variety of projects in the Songbook Archives. 

Click here to learn more about Anna Sleppy, a member of our collections processing team who has been volunteering with us for several years.

Youth Ambassadors Appear with Michael Feinstein on "American Songbook at NJPAC"  

Our founder, Michael Feinstein, is the host for the fourth season of "American Songbook at NJPAC," a New Jersey Public Television series that features entertainers sharing in performances and conversation. Michael has invited Songbook Youth Ambassadors to join him for several episodes, where they have taken the stage with Ana Gasteyer, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andrea McArdle, Billy Porter, and more. 

Programs featuring Nick Ziobro, Julia Goodwin, Lucas DeBard, and Brighton Thomas have already aired, and are now available online. Click here to watch these episodes via NJTV's website!

Become a Friend of the Foundation!

Our work to preserve and promote the Songbook continues to introduce this music to an ever-widening audience. Every dollar we receive impacts our ongoing efforts to inspire and educate by celebrating the Great American Songbook. Will you consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Songbook Foundation?

Your financial support positively impacts our public programs, including the Songbook Academy, Perfect Harmony, and the Songbook Exhibit Gallery, as well as our ongoing efforts to preserve the history of the Great American Songbook in our Archives.

Click the image at left to make an online contribution today, or contact Leslie Hoggatt, Individual Gifts Officer, at for more information about our donor benefits.

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