The Future of Music Coalition, a nonprofit that focuses on education, research and advocacy for musicians, is one of the industry's unsung heroes. This morning, we got word that Casey Rae, a longtime staffer and current FMC CEO, is stepping down.
The Future of Music Coalition today announced that CEO Casey Rae will step down on June 6, 2016. Board President Dick Huey has been named interim CEO; and as the seach for a new CEO begins, FMC staffer Kevin Erickson will assume an expanded role focusing on both organizing and policy.
The popular and respected Rae is stepping down to join SiriusXM as Director of Music Licensing.
"FMC has been a huge part of my life both professionally and personally. In my ten years with the organization, I’ve had the great privilege to work with the most brilliant minds in the music space, especially FMC’s governing board and staff - people who have challenged, inspired and nurtured my development. I can’t thank them enough," Rae said in a statement. "I also know that FMC will continue to make a positive impact in the lives of musicians as it charts a bold course to achieve a music industry that empowers artists and thrills fans."
“Since its beginnings 16 years ago, FMC has been focused on creating a more sustainable environment for artists and songwriters in the digital economy,” said Dick Huey. “The groundwork for policy, digital rights, artist tools, technology and community building has been laid by leaders, board and team and we thank Casey for his pivotal role in making FMC a reliable source for artist-friendly information."