Inertia Music has confirmed the death of its co-founder and director of A&R Justin Cosby in a statement sent on Saturday night (26th June).
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce Justin Cosby, loving partner, dedicated friend, inquisitive music lover, co-founder of Inertia Music and Director of A&R, passed away Friday. He was 50 years old,” the statement read.
“In 2000, Justin and best friend Ashley Sellers founded Inertia Music in a living room. Since those humble beginnings, the company grew to be one of the most well-respected record labels and distributors in Australia. His inexhaustible, enduring love of music and the relationships he invested in, personal and professional, will be his legacy. Vale Justin Cosby.”
From its inception, Cosby helped Inertia’s substantial growth over the following two decades, working with a wide range of Australian and international artists including Ali Barter, Hockey Dad, Laura Jean, Sampa the Great, Angel Olsen, Bon Iver, M83, Robyn and many more. Earlier this year, Inertia Music rebranded to [PIAS] Australia, having merged with the Belgian label group [PIAS] back in 2017.
Inertia have asked that people respect Cosby’s privacy, adding that more information in regards to a memorial service will be announced in the coming days.