New York-based music publishing company Raleigh Music Group has signed a long-term agreement with A Gershwin, LLC to administer the works that American composer George Gershwin (pictured), who died in 1937, created during the last years of his life. The arrangement only covers the USA. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Gershwin catalogue includes songs featured in the opera Porgy and Bess and the musicals Shall We Dance, Crazy For You, An American in Paris and Nice Work If You Can Get It. It also includes such iconic American standards as They Can’t Take That Away from Me, Love Is Here to Stay, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, A Foggy Day, and Summertime. “We could not be more delighted for the opportunity to work with these luminous songs, and we are excited to promote and introduce them to new audiences of every age,” said Raleigh President Peter Raleigh.
Adam Gershwin, great nephew of the composer/songwriter, added: “We believe there is no better home for our catalogue than Raleigh Music Group. We are very confident in the team’s high-touch, service-oriented approach to catalogue administration, coupled with their deep knowledge and appreciation of American standards.”
Raleigh Music Group was founded in 2015 by music publishing veterans Peter Raleigh and Steven Storch, focusing primarily in administering catalogues. Last March, Raleigh Music Group secured the representation for the world of the 25% stake in the Elvis Presley catalogue owned by the estate of the late publisher Jean Aberbach. “Our partnership with A Gershwin, LLC further endorses Raleigh Music Group’s modern publishing model: enhancing creative value while allowing our clients to retain full ownership of their song copyrights,” said Raleigh CFO Steven Storch.