The current exhibit is Of Thee I Sing: Politics on Stage, which explores political themes in the world of musical theater. Admission is free, and the recently updated exhibit will remain in place through Oct. 22. Highlights of this and previous exhibits are viewable online at https://thesongbook.org/Exhibits, and traveling installations are available free for schools and community groups to display.
The next interactive exhibit, opening Nov. 8, is From the Jazz Age to Streaming. It will compare and contrast trends in music and pop culture in the 1920s and 2020s, including how we purchase and listen to music and how music is produced, marketed, and distributed.
Hours and location
The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached through the Palladium’s West Lobby/Box Office entrance on 3rd Ave SW in Carmel. The gallery also is open for one hour prior to each Songbook or Jazz series show in the Center Presents concert season. More information is available at (317) 844-2251.
About the 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 in the Songbook Library & Archives; 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 https://thesongbook.org/.