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RIAA Appoints Cary Sherman Chairman and CEO

Mitch Glazier Elevated to Senior Executive Vice President

WASHINGTON -- The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced today that its Board of Directors has named Cary Sherman as RIAA Chairman & CEO, effective September 1, 2011.  Sherman succeeds Mitch Bainwol, who has resigned his position to become CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.  Sherman has served as RIAA President since 2001, after joining the organization as General Counsel in 1997.

Additionally, Mitch Glazier, who began his career in public policy as copyright counsel to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), and has spent the last 11 years at RIAA in charge of the organization’s government relations activities, has been appointed Senior Executive Vice President.  In this new role he will continue to lead the RIAA’s activities on Capitol Hill and assume broader responsibilities as well.

“I’m honored to take on this role at such a pivotal moment for music,” said Sherman. “The industry is now reaching a new stage, with exciting initiatives, compelling legal music offerings, and real signs of progress on a host of fronts.

“The RIAA plays an important role in helping shape public policy in connection with America’s music,” Sherman added.  “Setting the legislative agenda at both national and state levels, working to protect and promote intellectual property in the U.S. and throughout the world, coordinating with law enforcement on both physical and digital theft, and representing the industry in negotiations and before government tribunals to empower new business models and standards --- all of these are vital functions and I look forward to taking them on.”

Sherman went on to say, “On behalf of everyone here at RIAA, we thank Mitch for his exceptional service through extraordinary times, and we wish him continued success in his new position.”

“I leave content that we’ve set the table for a prosperous future for music,” said Bainwol.  “Our landscape is radically changed from the one we faced when I joined the RIAA eight years ago.  The Internet is the foundation of a new music economy.  We’ve helped to create an environment where new business models can thrive -- with an extensive number of licensed services that allow consumers to experience and consume music in exciting new ways.  We’ve also made significant headway in the battle against unauthorized sites such as LimeWire.  We’ve entered into a new age of partnership with ISPs.  And we’ve established rates and precedents that will ensure greater compensation for recording artists and record companies. The future is bright and the RIAA is in outstanding hands.”  
"Having worked closely with Cary for this long chapter, I know him to be one of the most talented leaders in the music business,” added Bainwol.  “He is exquisitely equipped to manage the premier trade group for American music and generate innovative strategies for the entire music sector during the coming years.” 

“I am proud to have worked with Mitch and Cary at such an important time in the music industry,” said Mitch Glazier.  “In my new role, I look forward to continuing that important work with Cary, to help bring about common-sense public policies that assure a vibrant environment for the creation and delivery of American recorded music.”

As President, Sherman has coordinated the industry’s legal, policy and business objectives in the areas of technology, licensing, enforcement, and government affairs issues, among others.

Most recently, Sherman was widely credited with coordinating the groundbreaking “copyright alerts” program between many of the nation’s largest ISPs and the music and film industries.  He has also played an integral role in the creation of a number of cross-industry coalitions and has spearheaded the industry’s work with the higher education community to foster legitimate music consumption on campuses nationwide.

In his time as President, Sherman also guided the industry’s efforts to define how music creators are compensated for music distributed through various digital business models, which has helped facilitate new ways to offer digital music to consumers.

Before joining the RIAA as General Counsel, Sherman was a senior partner at the Washington, D.C. firm of Arnold & Porter, where he was outside counsel to the RIAA and the head of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group.  One of his special areas of expertise during his 26 years at Arnold & Porter was reconciling developing technologies and intellectual property laws. 

Sherman graduated from Cornell University and Harvard Law School.  An amateur musician and lyricist, Mr. Sherman is the Chairman of the Board of the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C.  He also serves on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League and BNA’s Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal, and has served on numerous other boards, including the Copyright Society, the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, The Computer Law Association, and The Computer Lawyer. 

Mitch Glazier most recently held the position of Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Industry Relations, where he oversaw industry initiatives including:  strengthening federal and state copyright laws in the digital age, First Amendment issues, promoting artist and industry relations including the RIAA’s Gold and Platinum Program, and coordinating various public policy issues with entertainment and technology groups.  Glazier joined the RIAA in 2000 as Senior Vice President, Government Relations.

Prior to his tenure at the RIAA, Glazier served as Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives.  In this role, Glazier served as the chief adviser to the subcommittee and was responsible for working with members of Congress to craft legislation and amendments, organize legislative and oversight hearings and markups, and analyze and evaluate legislation referred to the subcommittee. 

Glazier also served as law clerk to the Honorable Wayne R. Andersen, Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and practiced law at the Chicago law firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg as an Associate in commercial litigation.  He graduated from Northwestern University and Vanderbilt Law School.  Glazier serves on the boards of Musicians on Call, the American Association of People with Disabilities and the Internet Education Foundation. 


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

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