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Music publishing company closing; COVID-19 blamed

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) – Music publishing company Brentwood-Benson has announced it will close by the end of this year. The company has been a longtime leader in providing new songs and arrangements for church worship, including choral music and cantatas, orchestrations, children’s musicals and more.

A statement on the company website said the decision was unavoidable.

“As we have all experienced over the past two years, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been extraordinary,” the statement said. “The challenges presented to those of us charged with developing resources for church choirs and orchestras resulted in market realities that have become unmanageable.”

The company is selling its inventory at heavy discounts. Physical products ordered by Dec. 15 will be 60 percent off the retail price; digital downloads will be 50 percent off. The company said it is “cautiously hopeful” it will find a buyer for its inventory and song catalogue, so they will continue to be available for churches.

“Brentwood Benson has experienced a long and storied history developing compelling resources that have empowered churches to impact their communities with the gospel,” the statement said. “We want to honor the many arrangers, artists, songwriters, and partners who have given so much to breathe life into the musicals, collections, and anthems created over the years.”

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