Nashville-based music publisher Integrated Copyright Group, Inc. (ICG) has inked an exclusive European agreement with U.K.-based independent music publishing company Kobalt Music Group. Under the pact

Nashville-based music publisher Integrated Copyright Group, Inc. (ICG) has inked an exclusive European agreement with U.K.-based independent music publishing company Kobalt Music Group. Under the pact, Kobalt will administer 40,000 copyrights in Europe on behalf of ICG. Terms were not disclosed.

Founded by John Barker and Robert Brumley in 1990, ICG represents songs of Roy Orbison, Marty Robbins, Bill Monroe, Craig Wiseman, Mickey Newbury, Loretta Lynn, and various catalogs.

"It turns out Kobalt and ICG are on the same path in creating new systems to more efficiently represent our client's copyrights," comments ICG president John Barker in a statement. Kobalt co-founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz adds: "We look forward to a longstanding, mutually beneficial relationship."

Kobalt launched in 2001 and currently administers more than 40,000 copyrights, including the catalogs of Sanctuary Music Publishing, Air-Edel Music, B-Unique Music, Badly Drawn Boy and Ignition Music.