Your Music Biz 101 Wrap Up: Week of December 25th

Ho, Ho, Ho from your Music Biz newsletter friend, Professor David Kirk Philp, and his mother, whom you may call, “Mom.”

Guten Tag,

Our next, and last 2017 Music Biz 101 & More radio show, takes place on Wednesday at 8pm and will feature a repeat of our autumn interview with Ben Weinman, guitarist/manager of Dillinger Escape Plan and manager of Kimbra.

No more live shows until January 31st.  Until then, listen to all of our on-demand podcasts HERE.

This week’s top stories:

When Jingle Bells Feels Like A Hostage Situation

Listen to this podcast from WNYC radio.  It talks about how the deluge of holiday/Christmas music affects people who work in retail.  Bottom line: It’s not helpful.  Don’t be a humbug.  Listen to this.

Prolific Suspense Writer Mary Higgins Clark Turns 90 On Christmas Eve

WAIT!!!  Before you skip this because it’s about some 90-year old lady who’s not a musician, hold on.  You should listen to this because, while she’s 90, she didn’t start writing until she was in her 40s.  And how did she get good?  She’d write every morning at 5AM until she had to wake up her kids and get to her job.  Work Ethic – that’s what this is about.  If some old lady can do what it takes and put in the hours, why can’t you?

More Young Russians Discover Rap As Form Of Self-Expression

This is a good listen because it talks about the similarities between how Rap in the U.S. started and how it took hold in Russia. In addition, you learn a little bit more about this genre in an international setting.  Click and listen!

How Ed Sheeran Made ‘Shape Of You,’ The Year’s Biggest Track

Watch this NY Times video and read the accompanying article.  It’s a fascinating look at how “Shape Of You” was written and arranged.  Even if you hate the song, watch this.

Keep scrolling down.  There are some tips for fledgling managers AND a great podcast of the week.  Oh – And this is the last email for 2017.  We’ll be back on January 7th.  Rock hard this holiday – and be safe.

Your Professor David Kirk Philp

What is the single most important aspect of the music industry an artist manager needs to understand?

Dom Anderson – Muse Tour Manager

As an artist manager, the nature of the job is that it requires an understanding of ALL aspects of the music business from record labels & publishing legalities, to touring logistics & international marketing, to creative processes & musical trends.

“However, I would consider that unless you really understand the artists as people, have a close personal relationship with them & join them in the vision they have, it doesn’t matter how much experience or understanding you have of everything else, you will never truly be able to help them achieve their potential.”

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Podcast of the Week: Cyber PR’s Ariel Hyatt

Music Biz 101 & More is the only radio show in America that focuses on the business side of the music & entertainment worlds. Hosted by William Paterson University’s Dr. Stephen Marcone & Professor David Philp, the show airs live each Wednesday at 8pm on WPSC-FM, Brave New Radio.

In this episode, Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR talks about how publicity has changed in the digital age, what DIY artists need to think as they try to create their social media “voice,” and how publicists can turn into artist managers. Click and listen for some PR 101.

Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts: Stream Us 24/7 – Here’s Who’s Coming Up Soon! 

Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show.

  • December 27 – Ben Weinman (repeat)

  • After that?  No new shows until January 31st due to WPU Hoops.  Go Pioneers!

Tune in at 8 PM each Wednesday for some great, FREE music biz talk.


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Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music Management & Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & More, which airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too).  Your favorite professor is also co-author (with Dr. Steve Marcone) of Managing Your Band: 6th Edition. Reach him at or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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