In 1960, four years before leaving the concert stage, Glenn Gould incorporated Glenn Gould Limited. With an initial capital outlay of forty thousand dollars, his mission was to control all of his artistic ventures. Through Glenn Gould Limited, Gould was closely involved with the negotiation of his contracts, checked his royalty statements line by line and kept his own accounts.
While proficient in the stock market, where he made a sizable amount of money, Gould was not interested in money as a source of status or luxury and was willing to maximize his income only in ways compatible with his lifestyle and artistic goals. “What he wanted from money was freedom, independence, privacy and the resources to do the work he wanted to do, and by that standard he was plenty rich.” (Kevin Bazzana: Wondrous Strange, pg 241)
With the changes in the four organizations (Sony Music, CBC, Glenn Gould Foundation, and Library and Archives), which were entrusted to preserve and share Gould’s artistic legacy, it is extremely important for the Estate of Glenn Gould to re-evaluate its business strategy. In order for future generations to have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Gould’s artistry, it is time to for Glenn Gould Limited to re-emerge
He understood the power of capturing all the aspects of an artist in forward motion, using what is now known as ‘content capture’ technology as his primary tools. Gould captured the many permutations of his career using photography, recording and editing technology, film, the medium of television, and good business as vehicles that informed, documented, and secured him the freedom he required to reach his artistic goals.
Glenn Gould Limited is dedicated to sharing Glenn Gould’s Legacy and encouraging others to create new works inspired by Glenn Gould’s work.