Jon Cohen out at BMG


BMG’s EVP of recorded music, Jon Cohen has left the company, Music Week has learned.

The LA-based executive was previously the co-owner of Vagrant Records, the legendary emo rock label that was acquired by BMG in 2014. Cohen is the latest exec to exit BMG having arrived as part of an acquisition.

Pat Carr, the highly-respected London-based SVP of marketing who arrived after BMG’s purchase of Infectious in 2014, has also left, while Erika Brennan, senior VP of legal and business affairs – who arrived as part of the Union Square Music acquisition the same year – exited over the summer.

BMG declined to comment but, despite the departures, sources at the company say overall headcount at the company continues to rise. BMG has expanded rapidly in recent years, making huge strides in recorded music over the last 18 months as well as growing its successful publishing operation. The company recently announced that revenues rose 28% during the first six months of 2017, versus the previous year.

GM Dan Gill is understood to be taking over many of Cohen’s duties.

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