The history of Unión Musical Ediciones stretches back to 1900, when the Bilbao music shop owner Dotesio Paynter founded his own publishing company Casa Dotesio. Casa Dotesio quickly acquired many other important Spanish publishing houses including Casa Zozaya, Pablo Martín Larrony, Eslava and Fuentes y Asenjo. With such a wealth of Spanish music in its catalogue and a growing international reputation, the firm changed its name in May 1914 to Unión Musical Española, to better reflect the nature of the company.
As Spain firmly made its mark on the musical map of the world in the twentieth century, Unión Musical Española was associated with its greatest composers, including Albéniz, Montsalvatge, Granados, Vives, Turina, Rodrigo, Ernesto, Rodolfo and Cristóbal Halffter, Mompou, Toldrá, Esplá and Guridi. In addition to its work in the classical sphere, the company remained active in Spanish folk and popular music.
In 1990, the company joined the Music Sales Group and changed its name once again to Unión Musical Ediciones. Today, UME takes on important projects in the audiovisual and pop worlds, as well as representing the Group’s catalogues throughout Spain.
Unión Musical Ediciones continues to be one of the publishers of reference in the present Spanish music panorama, signing new copyrights of composers of the importance of Alberto Iglesias, Joan Albert Amargós, Angel Illarramendi, amongst others.