Grant supports Songbook Foundation initiatives

7/22/2020 12AM

The Great American Songbook Foundation’s outreach initiatives include the multimedia Songbook Exhibit Gallery, which currently hosts an installation on political themes in musical theater.

Indiana Arts Commission awards funding for community engagement work


CARMEL, Ind. – For the second consecutive year, the Indiana Arts Commission has approved a grant to support the Great American Songbook Foundation’s music preservation and education initiatives.


The $17,335 Arts Organization Support grant comes from state and federal funding aimed at arts organizations and cultural providers that prioritize community engagement throughout the state.


Executive Director Christopher Lewis

The Songbook Foundation, which maintains a vast archive of items and documents from the golden age of American popular music, oversees a number of community engagement initiatives, including an exhibit gallery open to the public; traveling historical exhibits and other resources made available free to schools and community groups; Perfect Harmony, a program of group music activities for older adults living with dementia; and the Songbook Academy®, a national summer music intensive for high school singers.


“We’re grateful to be recognized again by the Indiana Arts Commission,” said Christopher Lewis, executive director of the Great American Songbook Foundation. “This support will help us step up our efforts in serving the residents of Central Indiana and beyond.”


About the Great American Songbook Foundation

The mission of the Great American Songbook Foundation, founded in 2007 by five-time Grammy® Award nominee Michael Feinstein, is to inspire and educate by celebrating the timeless standards of pop, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood. Headquartered at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, the Foundation advances this rich legacy by curating physical artifacts of its creators, performers and publishers; operating a multimedia exhibit gallery; overseeing the Songbook Hall of Fame; offering programs for the public and research opportunities for scholars and artists; and providing educational opportunities for student musicians, including the annual Songbook Academy® summer intensive. The Foundation is a Cultural Affiliate of the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum®. More information is available at