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Imagem Music Group
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Predecessor Zomba Music Publishing
Founded2008
Successor Concord Music
Country of origin Netherlands
Headquarters location Hilversum and London
Key peopleAndré de Raaff, Denis Wigman, John Minch, Kent Hoskins, Bill Gaden
Official website imagem.com

Imagem Music Group was a Dutch music publisher. The company was founded in 2008 by the Dutch firm Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP, one of the world's largest pension funds, in conjunction with the independent publisher and media company CP Masters BV. It began by acquiring music publishing rights in a number of catalogues sold by Universal Music Publishing Group after its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, such as Rondor, Zomba, BBC and 19 Music; the sale was worth 140 million euros (US$221.5 million). [1] These were sold by Universal after the European Commission ordered the sell-off as a condition of its merger with BMG's publishing arm. This was followed by acquiring the world's leading classical music publishing company Boosey & Hawkes in 2008 and Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization in 2009.

Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP, frequently referred to as ABP, is the pension fund for government and education employees in the Netherlands. For the quarter ended 31 December 2014, ABP had 2.8 million participants and assets under management of €344 billion, making it the largest pension fund in the Netherlands and among the five largest pension funds in the world as at September 2016.

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On June 2, 2017, Concord Music announced that it would acquire Imagem for $500 million. The deal included 250,000 compositions, and tripled Concord's number of publishing copyrights. [2] Imagem London was renamed in 2018 to Concord Copyrights London.

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Highlights from Imagem's pop catalogue included Nik Kershaw, Phil Collins, Genesis, The Temper Trap, M.I.A., Pink Floyd, [3] Vampire Weekend, Dire Straits and Daft Punk; as well as some European rights to Linkin Park and Justin Timberlake. Imagem had offices in the Netherlands, London, New York, Los Angeles and Berlin.

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References

  1. "1-Pension fund ABP buys music assets in $250 mln deal".
  2. https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/concords-500m-purchase-of-imagem-marks-the-birth-of-a-major-player-in-music/
  3. http://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/pink-floyd-sign-global-publishing-deal-with-imagem/
  4. "Imagem trumpets Boosey & Hawkes buy".
  5. "Rodgers and Hammerstein Catalog Sold".