About Us

About Us


With 43 offices in 36 countries, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is a leading global music publishing company representing the most acclaimed collection of 3 million songs by the greatest artists and songwriters of all time. These include: ABBA, Adele, A Great Big World, Jhené Aiko, Alabama Shakes, Axwell & Ingrosso, Bastille, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Jeff Bhasker, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, The Clash, Coldplay, J.Cole, Elvis Costello, Miley Cyrus, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Derulo, Neil Diamond, Disclosure, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Florence + the Machine, Future, Martin Garrix, Ariana Grande, Al Green, Haim, Halsey, Emile Haynie, Jimi Hendrix, Kacy Hill, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Billy Joel, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Tobias Jesso Jr., Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, the Mamas and Papas, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Prince, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Miguel, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons, Jimmy Napes, R. City, Randy Newman, New Order, Ne-Yo, Steve Perry, Otis Redding, R.E.M., Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Selina Gomez, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Prince, Britney Spears, Stax (East Memphis Music), Swedish House Mafia, Justin Timberlake, U2, Keith Urban, Diane Warren, Zedd, and many more.

UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Classical, Christian/Gospel, and Production Music. Additionally, UMPG plays a major role in film and TV, providing the best creative and synch licensing services, and administration for such companies as Warner Bros Entertainment, Universal Studios, HBO, DreamWorks, DreamWorks Animation, NBC, EuropaCorp and Sesame Workshop, among others.


UMPG and its artists, songwriters and producers have received some of the most respected and celebrated music awards worldwide including Grammy Awards, CMA Awards, Latin Grammys, BRITS, The Grammis, MTV EMAs, American Music Awards, ASCAP Awards, BMI Awards, SESAC Awards, Junos, Ivor Novellos, ARIAs, and ECHO Awards, among many others.

Highlights of the past year include 25 Grammy Award wins in a wide range of categories. UMPG’s Jeff Bhasker won the prestigious Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical, and Record Of The Year. Other Grammy recipients included Alabama Shakes, D’Angelo, songwriter Lori McKenna, and many others. At the SESAC Pop Awards UMPG took home the three top honors for the second year in a row, winning Publisher of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year. UMPG writer Jimmy Napes also captured top honors again this year, winning Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year for his global hit single “I’m Not The Only One,” as recorded by Sam Smith. Napes also won an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Writing’s On The Wall,” the theme from the James Bond film, Spectre.

UMPG swept the BMI 2016 R&B/Hip Hop Awards winning 21 awards including Publisher of the Year, Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, which went to Chris Brown. Adele won four BRIT Awards, an Ivor Novello for “Songwriter of the Year” and celebrated many other accolades. Songwriter Lori McKenna received both the CMA “Single of the Year” and “Song of the Year” for her song “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw.Our Capitol CMG Publishing has also won ASCAP Christian publisher of the year for 14 years in a row.


The global leader in classical music publishing, UMPG’s classical assets consist of the historic Casa Ricordi (Italy), Editions Durand, Salabert and Eschig (France), G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH München (Germany), Editio Musica Budapest (Hungary) and G. Ricordi & Co. (London) Ltd. (UK). The Italian roster includes legendary composers Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti and Respighi, modern classics Nono and Varèse as well as leading contemporary composers Battistelli, Donatoni, Franscesoni, and Stroppa. The renowned French classical publishing group Editions Durand-Salabert-Eschig publishes works of Ravel (including 'Bolero'), Saint Saëns, Debussy, Fauré, Honegger, Milhaud, Messiaen, Villa-Lobos and Xenakis to Aperghis, Dusapin, Manoury, and Tanguy. Ricordi Munich is responsible for critical editions of opera masters Mayerbeer and Mayr and publishes contemporary composers such as Goebbels, Nunes, Neuwirth and Poppe, as well as sharing the catalogues of Dai Fujikura and Liza Lim with Ricordi London. Ricordi London also publishes contemporary composers including Graham Fitkin, Rolf Hind and Iain Wilson, along with British masters including Arnold, Hoddinott and Rubbra from the Lengnick catalog. EMB represents works by the world-renowned composers Bartók and Kurtàg as well as other pre-eminent Hungarian composers. In addition to its own catalogues, UMPG represents the Boosey & Hawkes catalog in France and Italy and, in select markets, other notable classical music publishers such as Chester, Faber, Novello, Schirmer and Universal Edition (UE). For more information and links visit www.universalmusicpublishingclassical.com


UMPG is a leader in the contemporary Christian/gospel sector through its ownership of Capitol CMG Publishing. EMI CMG Publishing and Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing combined in January 2013 to form Capitol CMG Publishing, a division of Capitol Christian Music Group. As a full-service music publisher, Capitol CMG Publishing represents more than 100,000 songs, hundreds of copyright catalogs, including sixsteps and Thankyou Music, and some of the genre's best songwriters, including Chris Tomlin, Kirk Franklin, Matt Redman, Ben Glover, Jeremy Camp, VaShawn Mitchell, Matt Maher, Chris Stevens, Laura Story, Aaron Lindsey and David Garcia, to name just a few. Capitol CMG Publishing also administers such prominent catalogs as Hillsong and Integrity, as well as administering for top-selling artist/writers such as TobyMac, Casting Crowns and Third Day. The publishing division has received numerous Christian Music Publisher of the Year honors from Billboard Magazine, ASCAP and BMI. Capitol CMG Publishing's website includes full-service online licensing, a revolutionary and unique feature among Christian music publishers: www.capitolcmgpublishing.com


Universal Production Music is the world’s leading music production company featuring a music catalogue of unrivalled breadth and depth, crafted specifically for media use. Covering all genres, moods, emotions and project types, Universal Production Music’s ever-expanding library is created by a roster of top artists and composers from around the globe. Universal Production Music produces imaginative music and builds creative partnerships to form a suite of labels that add depth and individuality to our catalogue - each with its own unique style and heritage. Dedicated to helping clients create emotional and memorable audiovisual experiences, Universal Production Music offers full music supervision service including: free music searches, bespoke music edits, re-versioning and commissioned music. Visit www.universalproductionmusic.com - For US only www.firstcom.com or www.killertracks.com