Greetings, friends, and happy fall! It’s been a very busy year for the Great American Songbook Foundation. We thought we’d take this opportunity bring you up to date on all the great things happening, as we continue our mission to inspire and educate by celebrating the Great American Songbook. Click on any of the topics below to learn more!

Digitization Project

Thanks to generous financial support from the GRAMMY Foundation, the Meredith and Rosemary Willson Charitable Foundation, The Ted Snowdon Foundation, and the Ray and Bernice Charles Trust, we’ve made significant headway on our effort to digitize the fragile lacquer disc recordings that are housed in the Songbook Archives. We just received the final return shipment from audio specialist George Blood of Philadelphia and are pleased to announce the digitization of 600-plus unique recordings, many of which may exist only in our Archives. Click here to watch a special preservation message from Michael Feinstein.

Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Induction

In October, the fourth annual Songbook Celebration Gala presented by Krieg DeVault was held at our home, The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, in Carmel, Indiana. Songbook legends George & Ira Gershwin, Chita Rivera, and Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé were inducted into the Songbook Hall of Fame at this black tie event that featured performances by Michael Feinstein, Karen Ziemba, Marilyn Maye and Chris Mann. To view photos of this spectacular Songbook celebration, click here to visit our Flickr page.

Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving, is today! As a non-profit organization, the financial support of Songbook enthusiasts throughout the world is critical to the fulfillment of our mission. Please consider how much the music of the Great American Songbook has meant in your life and make a tax-deductible gift to the Songbook Foundation today. 

Click here and select Great American Songbook Foundation to donate now!

The Songbook Academy

In July, forty students from throughout the U.S. were selected by audition to travel to Carmel for a week-long music intensive with Michael Feinstein, Laura Osnes, Sylvia McNair, and other nationally recognized experts in music performance. At the end of the week, Lucas DeBard of Lebanon, IN was named 2015 Songbook Youth Ambassador. Lucas has already performed at the Kennedy Center, and is scheduled to appear with Michael at Feinstein’s/54 Below this December and with previous Songbook Academy winners at Carnegie Hall in February 2016. Click here to view Lucas performing at the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Induction in October.

2015 finalist Taylor Moran had this to say about her participation: “Thank you, Songbook Academy, for the best week of my entire life. I feel so blessed to have worked with so many talented people, and I know I will never forget this experience.”

2016 application coming soon – click here to learn more!

Songbook Youth Ambassadors at the Kennedy Center

On September 3
rd, recent Songbook Academy winners Nick Ziobro (2012), Julia Goodwin (2013), Madelyn Baillio (2014) and Lucas DeBard (2015) performed on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. They were accompanied by members of the American Pops Orchestra and conducted by Songbook Foundation board member Luke Frazier. Following the event, a reception was held at the home of board members Luke Frazier and Robert Pullen. In addition to performing for a capacity live audience on the day of the event, the video has been viewed online over 5000 times via the Kennedy Center’s website. We invite you to view the performance by clicking here!

Volunteer Profile: Bruce Reynolds

As a small non-profit organization, we depend on a team of dedicated volunteers who help us staff the Songbook Exhibit Gallery and complete a wide variety of projects in the Archives. Click here to learn more about Bruce Reynolds, a volunteer who has been sharing his time with the Songbook Foundation for several years.

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