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Universal Music Publishing Group

Universal Music Publishing Group
IndustryMusic industry
  • 1972
  • 1998 (Name change)
United States
Area served
Key people
ServicesMusic publishing
ParentUniversal Music Group
SubsidiariesAPM Music

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is a North American music publishing company and is part of the Universal Music Group, a subsidiary of Vivendi Group. It was formerly known as MCA Music Publishing until its mother company Seagram was dismantled.

Universal Music Publishing is the world's second largest music publishing company, behind Sony/ATV Music Publishing.[1] UMPG's catalogue consists of over three million songs, with offices in over 30 countries.


In 1998, Seagram acquired PolyGram for $10.4 billion.[2] PolyGram's music business was merged into Seagram's MCA Records, forming a new company named Universal Music Group. The merger also included both record labels' music publishers.[3] PolyGram catalog included Dick James Music, Welk Music, Cedarwood Publishing, and Sweden Music.[4] MCA had been in the music publishing business since 1964.[5] In 2006, Universal Music Publishing Group acquired Bertelsmann Music Publishing from Bertelsmann Music Group for EUR1.63 billion, back then the third largest publishing group in the world, making Universal Music the largest music publisher in the world. As part of the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, Universal divested the catalogues of Zomba UK, Rondor UK, 19 Music and BBC to a new company named Imagem.[6]

On January 1, 2015, Jody Gerson was named the Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, becoming the first female to run a major music publishing company.[7] On December 3, 2015, she was named Executive of the Year by Billboard Magazine in its Women in Music issue.[8]Sony/ATV Music Publishing overtook Universal Music Publishing as the world's largest music publisher in 2013 after acquiring EMI Music Publishing.[9]


UMPG administers the 60,000 title Rondor Music Catalog and also owns or administers a multitude of others including: Interscope and Def Jam Music, DHX Media, All Nations Music, Charlie Daniels, Casa Ricordi, Matraca Berg, DreamWorks Animation, HBO, Warner Bros., Sesame Street, Lionsgate,[10]Disney Music Group,[11] Forerunner Music, Epitaph Records, Greenwich/Barry, Momentum Publishing, and John Philips. UMPG also owns or administers the works of Leonard Bernstein and Henry Mancini (non-USA), and Dsign Music.


  1. ^ "First-Quarter Music Publishing Rankings: SONGS Surges Again". billboard.com. 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Seagram buys PolyGram from Philips for $10.6bn". independent.co.uk. May 22, 1998. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Inc, CMJ Network (March 22, 1999). "CMJ New Music Report". CMJ Network, Inc. Retrieved 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=ARhbAwAAQBAJ&lpg=PT174&ots=2TbHeKO8PI&dq=Polygram%20publishing%20Welk%20Music&pg=PT174#v=onepage&q&f=false
  5. ^ "MCA BUYS LEEDS, MUSIC PUBLISHER; Entertainment Concern Gets Assets and Copyrights". The New York Times. 1964-11-26. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Mergers: Commission approves Universal's proposed takeover of BMG's music publishing business, subject to commitments". europa.eu. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "No. 8: Jody Gerson - Power 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/women-in-music/6784832/jody-gerson-executive-year-2015
  9. ^ "Zach Horowitz Appointed Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group | Billboard". Billboard.biz. April 18, 2012. Retrieved .
  10. ^ https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/8468441/lionsgate-umpg-sign-exclusive-long-term-agreement
  11. ^ "UMPG and Disney Music Publishing partnership goes global". musicweek.com. Retrieved 2018.

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