US independent Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired the music rights of the celebrated Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould.
The acquisition includes Gould’s publishing and master royalties, as well as his name and likeness rights.
The news comes four months after Primary Wave acquired an equity stake in Rough Trade Publishing in a $5m deal.
Primary Wave secured a $300m acquisition warchest in a financing agreement with BlackRock Alternative Investors announced last year.
Glenn Gould was a four-time Grammy Award winner before his death aged 50 in 1982. He was also credited with a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
“It is a well-known fact that Glenn Gould embraced technology and would have loved the direct-to-listener experience that is embraced by Primary Wave,” said Stephen Posen, Sole Executor of the Glenn Gould Estate.
He added: “In addition, their focus on all musical genres across all media platforms is a perfect fit for Glenn Gould and we are already excited about the many new perspectives and projects that they are bringing to the table.”
“[Glenn Gould’s] innovative approach to music interpretation and his use of technology made acquiring his catalogue an easy choice for us and we look forward to furthering the legacy of this legendary artist.”
Lawrence Mestel, Primary Wave
Lawrence Mestel, Founder & CEO of Primary Wave Music Publishing adds, “We are thrilled to add Glenn Gould to Primary Wave’s growing roster of artists.
“His innovative approach to music interpretation and his use of technology made acquiring his catalogue an easy choice for us and we look forward to furthering the legacy of this legendary artist.”
In September 2017, Gould’s 1956 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations will be re-released as part of a commemorative set, Glenn Gould: The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions.
Primary Wave Music Publishing was founded in 2006 and has since acquired the copyrights of over 15,000 songs from the cataloguess of artists such as Smokey Robinson, Kurt Cobain, Steven Tyler, John Lennon, Def Leppard, Hall & Oates, Chicago, Maurice White, Graham Parker, Daniel Johnston, Steven Curtis Chapman, Lamont Dozier, Steve Cropper, CeeLo Green, Larry Smith and many others.
Under the Primary Wave umbrella there are two core businesses, Primary Wave Music Publishing and its sister company, Primary Wave Entertainment.
Primary Wave Entertainment is a talent management company whose music roster includes CeeLo Green, Melissa Etheridge, Fantasia, Cypress Hill, Eric Benét, Brandy, Yanni, Plain White T’s, producer/DJ Audien, plus music writers/producers Jon Levine, DANJA, Mag and Mitch Allan.Music Business Worldwide