Universal Music Publishing Group and Hillsong are singing from the same hymn sheet.
The Australian mega-church which counts Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens among its famous followers, has signed an administration and writer development agreement with the music publishing giant covering the U.K. and Europe.
The new deal, announced Thursday morning, includes both Hillsong Music Publishing, the music publishing arm of Hillsong Church, and SHOUT! Music Publishing, which boasts an international roster of composers, writers and catalogues, including Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood, Reuben Morgan, Benjamin Hastings, Alex Pappas, Aodhan King, Hannah and the recent signing Josh Grimmett, co-writer on the MEDUZA hit, ‘Piece Of Your Heart’.
Combined, Hillsong Music Publishing and SHOUT! Music Publishing represent a “significant” and growing catalogue of Christian and commercial works, UMPG reps say.
Through the new arrangement, UMPG will work with Hillsong to provide admin services for the church’s catalogue across the Continent and the U.K. and both parties will be expected to collaborate in writer development opportunities, and on joint signings.
The administration agreement with Hillsong is “a fantastic relationship that has grown from initially exploring collaborative and creative ideas to formalising a partnership in a unique environment,” explains Dougie Bruce, UMPG U.K. A&R.