September 2017 eNews  |  View in browser

Songbook Foundation Named Cultural Affiliate by the GRAMMY Museum

On Wednesday, July 19, the Great American Songbook Foundation was introduced as a GRAMMY® Museum Cultural Affiliate during a press conference at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. We are one of only five organizations worldwide to receive this designation, which will create many opportunities for us to share the Great American Songbook with audiences around the globe. Click here to read our official press release announcing the affiliation, then click here to view a highlight reel from the press conference, including remarks by Michael Feinstein and Bob Santelli of the GRAMMY Museum.

2017 Songbook Academy Wrap-Up

In July, we again welcomed forty talented high school vocalists to Carmel for the Songbook Academy® Summer Intensive. Guest mentors for this year's program included Eden Espinosa, Marc Cherry, Sylvia McNair, and Ly Wilder. At the conclusion of the week, Finn Sagal of La Cañada Flintridge, California, was named the 2017 Songbook Youth Ambassador. Click here for a recap of all this year's award winners from BroadwayWorld.

In August, two past Youth Ambassadors appeared at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City. 2012 and 2013 winners Nick Ziobro and Julia Goodwin joined Michael Feinstein for his summer run at "Broadway's living room." 

Special thanks to our National Sponsor, the Efroymson Family Fund, and all our generous Songbook Academy supporters, for making this year's program possible!    

Kristin Chenoweth to Headline Songbook Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

On Saturday, September 30, the annual Songbook Celebration gala & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Center for the Performing Arts. Singer Ella Fitzgerald, entertainer Mitzi Gaynor, and lyricist Ray Gilbert will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at this spectacular celebration of the Great American Songbook. Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Award-winning darling of stage and screen, will headline the concert portion of the evening.

Tickets are still available, and we would love for you to be our guest! Click here to learn more about this event, then visit the online Songbook Hall of Fame exhibit to learn more about past honorees.

Songbook Academy & Perfect Harmony Featured on "The Art of the Matter"

In July, WFYI public radio in Indianapolis featured segments about two of our public programs - the Songbook Academy, our summer intensive for high school singers, and Perfect Harmony, a monthly program for seniors with Alzheimer's, dementia, and other neurodegenerative conditions. Click here to listen to the July 15 episode of "The Art of the Matter" on WFYI.

Volunteer Profile: Emma Hedrick

As a small nonprofit 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. 

Visit our website to learn more about Emma Hedrick, a member of our Perfect Harmony volunteer team. Emma, a high school senior who is passionate about the Great American Songbook, was recently named the national winner of DownBeat Magazine's Student Music Awards in the High School Vocal Jazz category.

Contribute to Our Archival Efforts by Making a Gift to the Songbook Library!

In addition to our public programs, and our ongoing work to preserve and promote the history of the Great American Songbook, we maintain an extensive collection of materials in the Songbook Library that are available to scholars and other guests who visit the Songbook Archives to conduct research.

Songbook Archivist Lisa Lobdell has assembled a list of materials that would enhance the Songbook Library's offerings. Click here to view the Songbook Foundation's Amazon Wish List. Any items you gift to us will be shipped directly to our headquarters in Carmel, Indiana. (Please include a note with your name in the "gift message" section so we can thank you!)

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