UMPG SIGNS EXCLUSIVE PUBLISHING AGREEMENT TO ADMINISTER THE TIMELESS CATALOGUE OF LEGENDARY ARTIST JIMI HENDRIX
Los Angeles, CA , March 23, 2009 – David Renzer, Chairman/ CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) today announced the signing of the catalogue of world-renowned, artist/composer/guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, to an exclusive administration agreement encompassing all territories throughout the world outside the United States.
On the basis of this agreement UMPG, the world’s leading music publishing company, and Experience Hendrix LLC, the Hendrix family company formed in 1995 by the legendary guitarist’s late father James ‘Al’ Hendrix and now headed by his daughter Janie Hendrix, join forces to bring Jimi’s music to the world outside the United States. In that global realm, UMPG will represent the catalogue for all commercial opportunities including synchronization licensing for Motion Pictures, TV, Advertising and other mediums.
Almost 40 years after his untimely passing, Hendrix remains one of the most popular and influential artists in music history. His publishing catalogue includes more than one hundred iconic songs including "Are You Experienced," “Castles Made of Sand”, "Foxey Lady”, "Little Wing”, "Manic Depression”, “Purple Haze”, "The Wind Cries Mary”, “Spanish Castle Magic”, “Machine Gun” and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”, among many others. Hendrix’s influence on contemporary music remains ever present and his compositions have been covered by artists of every generation, including Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Robert Randolph and Lenny Kravitz.
Upon making the announcement Mr. Renzer commented: "We are so honored that Experience Hendrix has chosen Universal Music Publishing Group to represent their iconic catalogue. Jimi Hendrix’s catalogues represents the work of one of the premiere artists of our time and we look forward to working closely with the Hendrix family in representing these amazing songs”.
Janie L Hendrix President/CEO of Experience Hendrix commented: “We are excited about working with David Renzer and the UMPG staff. Our beloved Jimi has long been recognized as the greatest guitarist ever and the most amazing performer in music history. His ability to expand the frontiers of composition with an almost supernatural sense of melody and rhythm coupled with his truly poetic lyricism has made his catalogue of songs one of the true cornerstones of musical art for each successive generation. His matchless skill, creativity and imagination on the guitar continue to give those who have come after him an elusive standard to strive for. Jimi’s catalogue demands the best and we feel very comfortable entrusting the stewardship of his work to our UMPG partners”.
Jimi Hendrix is among the impressive names in UMPG’s catalogue, which includes the works of such artists as Paul Simon, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, BB King, Beach Boys (Rondor), U2, Elvis Presley, Bee Gees, Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Buddy Guy, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Santana, KISS, Mamas & The Papas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Henry Mancini, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Joy Division, the Pixies, among many others. The catalog was previously administered by Sony/ATV.
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Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is the industry's leading global music publishing operation and is part of Universal Music Group. UMPG represents music in every genre from many of the world’s top songwriters and catalogs including U2, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, R. Kelly, Coldplay, Nelly, Juan Gabriel, Ciara, Dave Grohl, Prince, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Beastie Boys, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Paul Simon, Henry Mancini, Christina Aguilera and Linkin Park, among many others. UMPG is also a global leader in the areas of Production Music, Christian and Classical Music. For more information, visit: www.umusicpub.com.