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Hairspray Live! on Wednesday, Dec. 7

Earlier this year, our 2014 Songbook Academy® winner Maddie Baillio was announced as the star of NBC's upcoming production of Hairspray Live! that will air on December 7

Maddie will play the leading role of Tracy Turnblad alongside a star-studded cast that includes Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short, and more. We are proud to be part of Maddie's success story, and we can’t wait to cheer her on!

Hairspray Live! is based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray, and will contain musical elements from the 2002 Broadway musical and the 2007 film musical. Click here to read more about the upcoming live broadcast.

Songbook Academy All-Stars In Concert: Saturday, Jan. 7
  Tickets from $25... A Great Holiday Gift Option!

We are eager to share the exciting news that on Saturday, Jan. 7, we will present “Songbook Academy All-Stars in Concert” at the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana, which is not only our home, but the home of the Great American Songbook! Come see how our Songbook Youth Ambassadors have grown since you cheered them to their triumphant wins at the Songbook Academy. 

Click here to learn more about this special one-night only eventclick here to purchase tickets today!

2016 Songbook Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Recap

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the annual Songbook Celebration Gala and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at the Center for the Performing Arts. The Palladium was transformed into a 1920s speakeasy as we inducted Hoagy Carmichael, Diahann Carroll, and Dionne Warwick into the Songbook Hall of Fame. Michael Feinstein and Storm Large of Pink Martini were in rare form as they headlined this fantastic evening together! Click here to see photos of the 2016 Songbook Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts serves as the official home of the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame. Honorees are recognized in a permanent exhibit, which is located in the Shiel Sexton Songbook Lounge on the Gallery level of the Palladium. Click here to visit the online Hall of Fame exhibit.

Volunteer Profile: Mike Cook

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 Mike Cooka longtime member of our collections processing team who also plays a role in the Foundation's Perfect Harmony program.

2017 SONGBOOK ACADEMY®: Applications Now Being Accepted!

Earlier this month, we officially launched the application for the 2017 Songbook Academy®- the only summer music intensive for high schoolers that is dedicated to the music of the Great American Songbook. 

ALL applicants receive written feedback from our highly respected panel of screeners. We invite the top forty applicants to Carmel for a week of workshops, masterclasses, and coaching sessions with Michael Feinstein and incredible mentors such as Broadway’s Jarrod Spector and Laura Osnes; jazz greats including Janis Siegel, Cheryl Bentyne, and Jane Monheit; and teaching artists from America’s leading collegiate music and theater programs. 

Do you know a talented high school singer? Encourage them to visit and apply today!

Vince Giordano Visit and Heartland Film Festival Recap

In October, the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis screened a new feature-length film, “Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past,” which documents Vince’s life as the leader of the NYC-based Nighthawks Orchestra, which specializes in 20s/30s hot jazz. The Songbook Foundation was proud to serve as a Promotional Partner for the Festival's screenings of this film, which will soon be released on DVD. Click here for more info.

Vince traveled to Indianapolis to appear at the Festival, and while he was here he spent two days extensively researching many of the one-of-a-kind musical arrangements that are permanently housed in the Songbook Archives. We greatly enjoyed sharing our resources and spending time with Vince, and we look forward to his next visit!

Support the Songbook Foundation with a Year-End Contribution!

As the end of 2017 approaches, we hope you will include the Songbook Foundation in your year-end giving. 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?

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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