Universal Companies is a not-for-profit "Community Development and Community Management Corporation" formed under the efforts and direction of one of Philadelphia's greatest talents, Mr. Kenneth Gamble, world-renowned musical writer, composer, producer and founder and CEO of Philadelphia International Records. Mr. Gamble has been credited for being a pioneer in the development of soul/rhythm and blues music in America. Since 1960, Mr. Gamble has written, produces, and recorded more than 3,000 songs performed by numerous artists and is credited as the creator of "THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA (TSOP)." TSOP has placed Philadelphia on the International Map as a Mecca for the music industry and promoted Philadelphia worldwide.
Since it's inception in 1993, Universal has built the capacity to challenge and reverse the effects of urban decline, which include economic and social disinvestments; poor quality housing, lack of job opportunities, high crime levels, poor quality of education, and an overall poor quality of life.