Ernie Isley, Ron Isley and Usher at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 51st Annual Induction and Awards Gala on June 16, 2022 in New York City. Photo: L. Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame
The Songwriters Hall of Fame has launched a new traveling exhibit, which opened in New York before moving to other US cities.
The exhibition, to which admission is free, is currently on view in New York at the CUNY Graduate Center James Gallery, 365 Fifth Avenue at 35th Street, through July 24. It will then travel to other cities to be announced later in the year. It is open in New York from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It’s closed on Thursdays.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame Songwriting Experience presents a deep dive into the work of treasured composers such as Sammy Cahn, Desmond Child, Steve Dorff, Woody Guthrie, John Mellencamp, Alan Menken and Carole Bayer Sager. It is organized by Bob Santelli, founding executive director of the Grammy Museum, and Jasen Emmons, chief curator and vice president of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Songwriting Experience.
The heart of the creative process
The exhibition will include graphic panels, artifact displays and interactive experiences to get to the heart of the creative process of the world’s most acclaimed songwriters. Visitors can also view highlights from Songwriters Hall of Fame galas and interviews with inductees such as Jimmy Jam, Toby KeithCarole King, Smoke RobinsonCarole Bayer Sager and Diane Warren.
Others interviewed include Hal David Starlight Award winner John Legend, Taylor Swift and Nick Jonas. An interactive songwriting feature spotlights Keith, King, Robinson and Don Schlitz, each talking about their hits in detail. Also on display is the piano of Tin Pan Alley-era songwriter Victor Herbert, the author of the 1903 theater classic “Babes in Toyland”.
The non-profit Songwriters Hall of Fame was established in 1969 to celebrate songwriters whose work represents an array of the world’s most beloved songs. It honors the legacy of songwriters from all musical backgrounds and develops and nurtures the next generation of songwriters through Master Sessions, songwriting forums, fellowships and digital initiatives.