Nice Work Gotten: SONGS Music Publishing to Take Gershwin Catalog to Both Silver and Smaller Screens

By Ian Holubiak on Mar 21, 2014 08:02 PM EDT

New York City, Union Square residents SONGS Music Publishing will receive full exploitation rights to the George Gershwin catalog--transferred from the Godowsky family and the Heyward Memorial Fund, respective successors to Dubose and Dorothy Heyward.

Including some of the most loved songs in the Great American Songbook--landmark compositions from Porgy and Bess, Shall We Dance, A Damsel in Distress and The Goldwyn Follies--the new deal grants license for placement in movies and TV.

And SONGS Publishing does plan to execute an integrated marketing campaign on behalf of the catalog, reintroducing the songs to silver and small screens alike.

Jon Keidan, trustee for the Gershwin/Godowsky trust, said: "We could have taken this catalog of songs to any one of a number of major publishers but the team that Matt has assembled at SONGS are young, creative and determined, and they understand how to best market these songs, particularly in our digital industry."

"We feel their energy will breathe new life into these works to ensure that they live on for many generations to come," he continued.

The publishing team's roster includes 350 contemporary songwriters, including Grammy-winning Lorde, Diplo, Nelly and more.

So, let's just see what SONGS does with "Summertime."

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