Future of Music Coalition CEO Casey Rae has announced his exit from the musician advocacy group to take on a new position in the industry. Rae's last day at FMC will be June 6, after which he'll join SiriusXM as the satellite radio giant's director of music licensing.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve for a decade at FMC," Rae said in his announcement. "The organization is shaped and sustained by our community, as I have been. I thank you."
Board of Directors president Dick Huey will serve as interim CEO during the transition, and he’ll be assisted by an executive committee comprised of fellow directors Ken Umezaki and Vicki Nauman. Rae also announced national organizing director Kevin Erickson will be taking on an expanded role leading policy.
Future of Music Coalition is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians. Rae has been outspoken in his push for greater transparency in the complex world of digital music publishing, writing in a 2015 op-ed in Billboard that without better systems in place to make sure artists get paid, "we will have squandered the potential of a truly global music industry built on great content and innovative delivery systems. Artists will lose, fans will lose, services will lose -- even the big music companies will lose."