Imagem Music Group, owned by ABP, the Dutch pension fund, which has already bought up some of the pop catalogues of the now defunct BMG Music Publishing, and prominent classical publisher Boosey & Hawkes, has announced it has acquired the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organisation which owns and administers all the songs and musicals written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II – which includes the likes of ‘Oklahoma!’, ‘Carousel’, ‘South Pacific’, ‘The King And I’ and ‘The Sound Of Music’ – as well as the works of over 200 other writers, including many other stage musicals. They also currently represent Andrew Lloyd Webber’s catalogue of tunes in North America. The deal will see Imagem take ownership of both the Rodgers & Hammerstein catalogues, and its New York based business operations. The publisher’s existing management team, including President Theodore S Chapin, will continue to run the company.
The Times 21 April 2009.