Primary Wave Music Publishing, one of the largest independent music publishers in the U.S., has acquired the music rights of legendary Canadian 20th-century classical pianist Glenn Gould. The four-time Grammy Award winner, who also received a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, died in 1982 at age 50. The deal includes his publishing and master royalties, as well as the rights to his name and likeness.
"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, in a statement. "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."
In its 11 years, Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired the copyrights for more than 15,000 songs from such legends as Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Steven Tyler, Smokey Robinson, Def Leppard, Hall & Oates, Chicago, Maurice White, Graham Parker, Lamont Dozier and Steve Cropper.