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CMA names new head

Thursday, August 19, 2010 – Steve Moore was named Thursday as the Country Music Association's Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Moore, who will now step down from his post as Chairman of the Board, has been the interim leader since January following the departure of Tammy Genovese.

"We conducted a coast-to-coast search to find the best possible candidates and there were many. But, I think it should come as no surprise that the best person was right here in Nashville," said Steve Buchanan, who steps up from President to Chairman of the CMA Board of Directors. "Steve developed a tremendous affinity and acumen for the position while serving on an interim basis. We are thrilled that he was ultimately interested in making that a permanent role."

"The Country Music Association is the cornerstone of what makes Nashville Music City," Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. "Their involvement in the community, their support of artists and business, and especially the exposure they give to the industry and our city is absolutely priceless. Steve's depth of experience and the respect that he enjoys amongst his peers will be a tremendous asset to CMA. I look forward to seeing the organization, and its presence here, continue to succeed and grow under Steve's leadership."

Moore has been prominent in the Nashville music community for 25 years, going back to his appointment as the first executive director of the concert venue Starwood Amphitheater and extending through his work as Senior Vice President of one of the world's largest concert promotion, special event and touring companies, AEG Live!.

A longtime member of the CMA Board of Directors (since 1989), Moore was elected president in 2008 and chairman in 2009 before being asked to fill in as interim director of CMA after Genovese resigned in December 2009.

"I approached this with a great deal of enthusiasm and passion for what this organization represents and what it could achieve on behalf of the industry," Moore said. "The experience has been personally rewarding, professionally challenging, and I am very optimistic and eager to see what the future holds."

Moore was born in Pasadena in Harris County, Texas, near Houston. His father was a blue-collar construction worker who eventually moved his family to the small town of Buna, northeast of the fertile Country Music hotbed of Beaumont, where he found construction work in the refineries. Moore played trumpet in high school and went to Lamar University in Beaumont, where he studied to be a band director, but a Blood, Sweat & Tears concert changed his career plans.

"I was working construction in the refineries at night most of the time, because I put myself through college. About halfway through that, I wanted to go and see Blood, Sweat & Tears coming to the college, but I didn't have the money - it was $6.75," Moore said. "I went to the back of the stage to see if I could get a job to see the concert, which I did. That's how I got introduced to the concert business."

Following college, Moore started a ticketing business delivering tickets from his VW Beetle to a handful of venues in Beaumont. He quickly moved on to Houston, working for Lone Wolf Productions, which managed ZZ Top and other high-profile acts. After honing his booking/management chops on the road, he left to start a booking agency called IBM, Independent Booking Management. Soon he met Stevie Ray Vaughan and started booking and promoting him.

Pace Concerts hired him in 1984, booking theme parks including AstroWorld in Houston and Six Flags in Dallas. A year later he moved to Nashville to open Starwood Amphitheater on the outskirts of town. In 1992, he launched Moore Entertainment and continued to work with country acts and blues festivals. After nine years, Moore sold his business to TBA Entertainment. He left in 2004 to reinvent his independent operation as Moore Entertainment Group, where he created the CMT OnTour franchise.

In 2005, he entered a multi-year deal with AEG Live! and was named senior vice president. His activities included organizing tours; booking Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and Tim McGraw into a run of sold-out New Year's Eve concerts at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena; and a three-year effort that led to Sir Paul McCartney's first-ever Music City performance at Bridgestone in July.

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