Universal Music Group Publishing and the Capitol Music Group and have launched a new publishing entity, Capitol CMG Publishing, which combines EMI CMG Publishing and Brentwood Benson Music Publishing.
In putting together the two Christian publishing divisions as part of rationalizing UMG's acquisition of EMI, EMI CMG president Eddie DeGarmo was named president of the new merged Christian publishing arm, while Brentwood Benson president Dale Mathews is leaving the company. DeGarmo will report to Capitol Christian Music Group president/CEO Bill Hearn and UMPG North America president Evan Lamberg.
In addition to having such songwriters as TobyMac, Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns and Jars of Clay, the newly merged entity will also encompass such prominent Christian music catalogs as sixsteps, Thankyou Music, Hillsong, Maranatha! Music, Emack Music, Reunion Music and the Sparrow catalogs (containing numerous legendary gospel and Christian evergreens).