Michael Strunsky is the nephew of Leonore Strunsky Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Since 1990 he was been trust- ee of his aunt’s estate, which owns and manages Ira’s copyrights and maintains an extensive archive, created during Ira’s lifetime, to perpetuate the Gershwin legacy.
After Ira’s death in 1983, Lee Gershwin actively managed his estate. In 1987, the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts were established to use Ira’s royalties to provide income for the Music Division of the Library of Congress and to establish a Philanthropic Fund that endows organizations in areas of the arts, education and medical research.
Lee Gershwin died in 1991. Between 1991 and 2000, the archive was located in an office on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, relocating to downtown San Francisco in 2000.more » « less