Imagem Music USA has signed a multi-year agreement with the Arthur Gershwin Testamentary Trust to administer the work George Gershwin created during the last three years of his life, including the songs featured in Porgy and Bess, Shall We Dance, A Damsel In Distress, and The Goldwyn Follies.
Gershwin’s compositions embraced both popular and classical genres; this portion of the catalogue includes recognizable standards such as “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “A Foggy Day,” “They All Laughed,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “Summertime.”
Gershwin’s works are performed today with greater frequency than they were during his brief lifetime. Countless singers and musicians have recorded his works including Janis Joplin, Diana Ross, Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Sting, and Amy Winehouse. Porgy and Bess was revived most recently in 2012 and many Gershwin songs are featured in Tony Award Winning Nice Work If You Can Get It, currently on Broadway.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the entire Imagem team,” commented Marc George Gershwin. “We look forward to collaborating with such a uniquely qualified organization on finding ways to share George Gershwin’s music with the world.”
“The chance to work with musical masterpieces by Gershwin is rare,” said Richard Stumpf, President of Imagem Music. “We feel very fortunate that Marc and his family have chosen us as a partner when they could have gone anywhere. Continuing the legacy of the songs through aggressive promotion is our number one priority.”