Mitch Glazier

Chairman and CEO; RIAA

Mitch Glazier is Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  RIAA is the trade association representing the U.S.-based global entertainment companies that are responsible for creating, manufacturing, or distributing approximately 85 percent of the world’s recorded music.

For more than 20 years, Glazier has been at the forefront of building the new music ecosystem. As a senior House Judiciary Committee staffer, he helped pass pioneering legislation that paved the way for the streaming economy, including helping author the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act to assure that music creators are compensated for use of their music by digital partners. Since joining the RIAA, Glazier has passionately fought for a digital economy in the mutual best interest of the entire music community – from artists to fans to digital music services alike.

A respected consensus-builder and problem-solver with deep relationships across the music community and on both sides of the political aisle in Washington, Glazier helped build the unprecedented coalition that mobilized to enact the Music Modernization Act (MMA). Throughout that effort, he was credited with finding the common ground that resulted in the law’s passage.

A native of Illinois, Glazier served as law clerk to the Honorable Wayne R. Andersen, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and practiced law at the Chicago firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg as an associate in commercial litigation.  He graduated from Northwestern University and Vanderbilt Law School.

Glazier serves as Chairman of the Board of RIAA, Chairman of the Board of Musicians on Call, the charity that brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals and health care facilities around the country, and serves on the Boards of IFPI, SoundExchange, Leadership Music and the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Glazier’s love of music dates back to his childhood. As a teenager in the 1980s, he plastered his room with posters from his favorite bands including Simple Minds and INXS. A fan of Chicago Blues, he was privileged to see Koko Taylor live several times before she passed. He and his wife, Carly, have two sons, ages 19 and 16 – one of them a songwriter and musician himself.