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Universal Music Publishing launches new office in Israel

By | Published on Friday 9 July 2021

Universal Music Publishing

The Universal Music Publishing Group has launched a new division in Israel. It’s called UMPG Israel. Which, fingers crossed, even the slackest of you out there will be able to remember. If not, stick it on a Post-it note.

The launch makes Universal the only major music publishing firm with an office in Israel. Or so says Universal. So I’m sure that’s correct. The new division will be headed up by Itamar Shafrir who has previously worked in various music, TV and film roles, and also had a stint at Universal’s sister company (for now) Havas London, the marketing agency.

“We are THRILLED to open our offices in Israel and build on Universal Music Publishing Group’s outstanding global network”, says he. “UMPG has the most incredible roster of talented writers for whom we will be seeking unique opportunities throughout the region. Furthermore, we will be looking to add to our ever-growing catalogue by discovering and developing local talent”.

Universal’s music publishing business follows the major’s record company in launching an on-the-ground presence in Israel, the Universal labels having set up shop there a year ago.