Steve Moore has submitted his resignation as Chief Executive Officer of the Country Music Association effective yesterday (June 30, 2013), according to a release put out today by the CMA’s Board of Directors.
After serving as Interim CEO, then becoming CEO two and a half years ago, Moore was instrumental in securing the new long-term extension of the television partnership for the annual CMA Awards, the CMA Music Festival special, and the “CMA Country Christmas” special all on the ABC Television Network.
In a statement Moore said that “After nearly four years in this position, and given the phenomenal success that the CMA team has achieved, this seemed like an appropriate time to step aside and pursue other corporate and philanthropic opportunities.”
Country Music Association Board of Directors Chairman Troy Tomlinson said in the same statement that Moore as CEO had “taken our organization to new levels of success. He’s been a tremendous asset to CMA due to his high regard in the industry as a resourceful and tenacious advocate for Country Music.”
Under Moore, the 2013 CMA Music Festival hit a record attendance with an increase of 13 percent. He also created and led the newly-formed The CMA Foundation and created the new CMA position of Community Outreach Manager to create a liaison with the music community, education community, and The CMA Foundation Board of Directors. Under his watch, CMA also created CMA EDU, a dynamic college community outreach program and was instrumental in re-invigorating the international Country Music agenda by instituting such things as the U.K. Songwriters Series, the first ever International Marketing Summit in Paris, France, and the inaugural Country 2 Country (C2C) Country Music Festival at the legendary O2 center in London in 2013.
Moore has been a CMA Board of Directors since 1989 and was elected President in 2008 and Chairman in 2009 before being asked to fill in as interim director of CMA after former CEO Tammy Genovese resigned in December 2009.
Moore has been prominent in the Nashville music community for 21 years going back to his appointment as the first executive director of the popular concert venue Starwood Amphitheater and extending through his work as SVP AEG Live. He has won three SRO Awards as Promoter of the Year.