"Shall We Dance?": Songs Music Acquires George Gershwin Catalogue

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18 Mar 2014

The exploitation rights to the George Gershwin catalogue have been acquired by SONGS Music Publishing, according to the Hollywood Reporter.



The deal with the Godowsky Family and Heyward Memorial Fund, the respective successors to Gershwin and Porgy and Bess authors Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, encompasses popular and well-known songs, including "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and "Summertime," as well as numbers from Broadway productions like Porgy and Bess, Of Thee I Sing and Oh, Kay! 

"As a global contemporary co-publisher, this is not our typical deal," SONGS Music Publishing founder and CEO Matt Pincus told The Hollywood Reporter. "It came about organically, as Jon Keidan [trustee for the Gershwin/Godowsky Trust] and I are longtime friends. But the chance to work with Jon and his family and the Heyward representatives on this singular, truly world-class set of songs is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and the people at SONGS."

The company will create and deploy creative strategy for the catalogue of songs created during the latter part of Gershwin's career and hopes to reintroduce the songs to TV, film and advertising communities by executing an integrated marketing campaign on behalf of the catalogue, the Hollywood Reporter states.

Possible aspects of the campaign include hosted events, an increased social media presence and creation of marketing tools to showcase the catalogue. 

SONGS will also create a series of master recordings featuring covers of the compositions by established and upcoming contemporary artists.