Because Music UK SVP of A&R and marketing Jane Third is leaving her role to become global chief creative officer at PIAS.
A Because company statement thanked her for “her outstanding contribution”, adding: “She has shown recognised A&R and leadership skills during the 10 years she spent running the Because Music UK imprint.”
Intruigingly, the company statement also says Because is "about to acquire London Records", which would further boost its standing in the independent sector. It owes much of that standing to Third, who turned the label into one of the UK’s most prominent indies, signing acts such as Metronomy, Denai Moore, Little Dragon and Django Django and masterminding successful campaigns for artists such as Major Lazer, Christine And The Queens, Justice and more.
“I would like to sincerely thank Emmanuel de Buretel and Eric Bielsa for the opportunities they have given me, and for trusting me these past 10 years,” said Third. “It has been an incredible journey and I'm deeply proud of what we have achieved together. I would also like to thank all the artists that I have had the privilege to work with, whom have soundtracked my life and meant so much to me.”
Third will start her new role at indie giant PIAS in October. She will also have her own label under the PIAS Cooperative umbrella.
Because Group CEO de Buretel is expected to announce Third’s replacement in the next few weeks.
“I am extremely sad to see Jane leave Because,” said de Buretel. “I will miss her unique creativity and drive. She has been instrumental in the success of Because in the UK. We sincerely wish her the best for the future.”
Third joined the Music Week Women In Music Roll Of Honour last year, while Because was shortlisted for Independent label at the 2017 Music Week Awards. You can read her recent Music Week Big Interview here.