“After nearly four years in this position, and given the phenomenal success that the CMA team has achieved, this seemed like an appropriate time to step aside and pursue other corporate and philanthropic opportunities,” Moore said today in a correspondence shared with Examiner.com.
After serving as interim CEO, then becoming CEO two-plus years ago, Moore was key in securing the new long-term extension of the TV partnership for the annual CMA Awards, the CMA Music Festival special, and the “CMA Country Christmas” special, all of which are broadcast by the ABC Television Network.
"There are some who would never be able to fill his shoes, or guide CMA with the attention it needs to compete in today’s music world," Martel told Examiner.com, regarding Moore.
"I wish him continued success, and there is no doubt in my mind that he will move forward to greater heights," Martel added. "He was always there for me with my concerns for country music and never turned down my requests to meet with me ... but I look for greater things to happen in the life and career of Steve Moore."
Industry pro Shelia Shipley Biddy echoed Martel's sentiments, telling Examiner.com, "I think that Steve Moore will be hard to replace. The growth of the CMA Music Festival and visibility of CMA during his leadership has been phenomenal. His shoes will be hard to fill."
And PR pro Kirt Webster, too, confirmed Moore's CMA-related legacy and business savvy. Shard Webster: "Steve Moore is a visionary! His love and passion for country music is evident, as he not only appreciates the artistry but the lifestyle.
"Artists appreciate his love for their music and because of that passion, it has made it much easier for myself to get artists involved in Country Music Association events under his guidance," Webster continued. "I know that wherever his career leads him, he will be a success.”
Under Moore's leadership, the 2013 CMA Music Festival hit a record attendance with an increase of 13 percent, more artist participation than ever before, and 11 music stages. He created and led the newly formed The CMA Foundation. He also created the new CMA role of community outreach manager to create a liaison with the music community, education community and The CMA Foundation Board of Directors.
Moreover, on his watch, the CMA also initiated CMA EDU, a dynamic college-community outreach that brings the power of country music to colleges. It was launched at three middle Tennessee college campuses and several ambassador campuses nationwide.
Troy Tomlinson, chairman for the CMA Board of Directors, said, “Steve Moore’s dedication and hard work as a CMA board member, CMA Board leader, and as CEO have taken our organization to new levels of success. He’s been a tremendous asset to CMA due to his high regard in the industry as a resourceful and tenacious advocate for country music.”
A member of the CMA Board of Directors since 1989, Moore was elected president in 2008 and chairman in 2009, then asked to fill in as the CMA's interim director after former CEO Tammy Genovese resigned in December 2009.
Moore has been prominent in the Nashville music community for 21 years, dating back to his appointment as the first executive director of the popular concert venue Starwood Amphitheater and extending through his work as senior VP of one of the world’s largest concert promotion, special event and touring companies, AEG Live!. His innovations and successes have earned him three SRO Awards as Promoter of the Year.