The Great American Songbook foundation was founded in the year 2007. It is not for profit organization and it is meant to preserve and to promote the music found in the Great American songbook. It is found at The Center or Performing Arts campus, at Carmel in Indiana. The administrative offices for Songbook Foundation are found in The Palladium of Gallery level. This is a concert hall of 1600 seat that was opened in the 2011. The name was changed thought the votes of the Board of Directors to the Great American Foundation in the year 2014. A goal for the songbook foundation is to educate and to inspire by celebrating the songbook. Many memebers had their ACLS certification online and also many had been instructors in ACLS certification in the past.
The organization started with Michael Feinstein based on his interest and the knowledge he has in the Songbook. When Michael was appointed to be the artistic Director of Focus for the Performing arts in 2009, this organization changed the headquarters and moved to the ACLS online courses to a campus.
The administrative headquarters has a listening room, a study, a reference library and archival storage space. Others are the exhibit space with the Songbook Gallery where interactive presentations take place. The foundation is looking to build the free standing museum at the campus with more programming, instructional and exhibit space.
The foundation has four employees who work on the full time. Their assistants are volunteers who are guides of the Songbook Gallery with ten collections assistant to assist the archivist of the preservation efforts of the foundation. The Board of Directors has 22 members around the entire world.
The foundation offers many programs about the significance and the history behind the Songbook and it can be accessed by the public. Songbook Gallery host different exhibits and over 3500 visitors visit the area every year. The exhibits offer the guests the chance to view the songbook in entertaining and educational manner. The foundation offers the corresponding programs and the guided tour for school, professional and civic organizations.
Songbook film series is the results of the partnership between the foundation and Heartland film together with The Center for The Performing Arts. They present the musical in classical movies and they are available to the public as well. This helps to cultivate the new generation for the movie lovers. There are screenings where guest speakers are invited and they give more information to the audience about the nature or the creation of the movies that have to be shown.
The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame was started to give the tribute to the personalities and the people who had contributed a great deal to the genre in the songbook, to memorializing the lyricists, performers and composers and who had contributed to the history behind the Songbook. The artists have to be nominated and then selected according to the set criteria. The foundation is also in charge of Songbook Academy. This is a vocal competition where participants have to sing the songs from the great american songbook.