MITCH GLAZIER, 52
RECORDED-MUSIC REVENUE UP 10 PERCENT: Glazier, who joined the RIAA in 2000 and moved into the top job on Jan. 1, helped forge the last-minute compromise with SiriusXM that let the Music Modernization Act pass, getting rights holders paid for the use of pre-1972 recordings in digital media and making it likely that SiriusXM will eventually pay a higher royalty rate. Next up? With recorded-music revenue up 10 percent in the first half of 2018 — all of it coming from streaming — Glazier is focused on the RIAA adapting to the new business. That includes rethinking the gold/platinum certification program and funding litigation against stream-ripping sites. “We’re also focusing on what labels do in the streaming environment,” he says, in hopes of discouraging acts from signing directly with streaming companies.
SOCIAL ISSUE THAT KEEPS HIM UP AT NIGHT: “We have to reclaim the idea of civil public discussion in government, social media and public debate in general.”