The new year brings “new leadership for a new era” at the Recording Industry Association of America as Mitch Glazier formally becomes chairman and CEO of the influential trade group. Announced back in April, Glazier succeeds Cary Sherman, who has retired after a decades-long tenure at the RIAA.
"[Music] makes us who we are and binds diverse communities together," said Glazier. "I am honored to lead the RIAA during these exciting times as we fight for a music ecosystem that works for everybody -- from artists and fans to labels and publishers and songwriters and music services alike. That will require that we both embrace digital music innovations, and protect what has always made music great -- keeping the dream alive for the next generation of artists and music creators."
That dream of a sustainable music industry for artists, songwriters and other stakeholders weighed heavy on the RIAA this year during its successful push to pass and enact the Music Modernization Act.