Music Biz 101 & More is the only FREE advice talk show in America broadcast & podcast on college radio 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 each Wednesday at 8pm on WPSC-FM, Brave New Radio.
NJ Symphony Orchestra Personnel Manager Jim Neglia – Music Biz 101 & More: The Podcast
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There is zero dilly-dally at the start of this episode. By 3:24, we’re in and Marcone asks how Jim Negila broke into his area of the music industry. You know what? Neglia answers.
How do you live in New Jersey and commute to Czechoslavakia? Listen at 5:00.
We segue quickly over to Jim’s memoir, Onward and Upward, and why he wrote it at 6:20. Jim announces the book to be at #2 on the autobiography sales list on Amazon.
“The great son,” Phillip Gorokhovsky (listen to hear what we mean), asks a question about how Jim formed his own company. At the 9:00 mark, Jim explains how he figured out he had the skill to run tours from the ground up. The company he formed? Arts Alive Entertainment.
By 11:00, we learn why he closed up his company and how he shifted gears so he could continue following his dual passions of playing percussion and being a contractor.
Wood blocks, percussionists and percussion. Hear the story at 13:00. The lesson? “Better self-control.”
Phillip asks about the international music industry and how Jim broke in around the 18-minute mark. Listen to hear how the old “don’t burn bridges” cliche is true here.
At 23 minutes, Jim explains why he thinks he stood out when he got the job as personnel manager of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO). Then he explains his job functions as a contractor.
Now we’re 25 minutes into the interview. It’s good so far, yes? It gets even better now, when Jim explains how, as contractor with the NJSO, he accidentally got himself in hot water (legally) with one of the musicians he hired because of a misplaced comment. Listen for details. A bunch o’ lessons about the grievance process and the AFM (American Federation of Musicians – a union) abound.
There is a break at 28 minutes in, so go get yourself a smoothie.
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At 29:08, listen to Tim Gysin’s jingle for this awesome Music Biz 101 & More radio show/podcast. Thank you, Tim!
We’re back at 30:08, thanks to “Limelight” by Rush.
Unions. What do you know about the music unions? Probably A) Not Much B) Nothing C) Less Than That. We talk about the AFM, booking artists for a gig, and unions at 31:30.
At 34:35, we learn about scale and percentages “over scale.” We also learn about “cartage.” Listen. This is good stuff to know.
When do you join a union? Find out at 36:15.
“Why should I join a union? They never get me any work.” Find out about this topic at 38 minutes.
How much is scale in NJ? What would a rock artist earn through the union for a Saturday night bar gig? Learn about this around 40 minutes into the show.
At 43 minutes, we take our first tweet.
heythere @MusicBiz101WP For Jim Neglia- How do NY union musician policy differ from NJ union musicians policy?
— schneidlymeidly (@longstorymeider) December 18, 2014
At 43:30, Jim talks about organization in answer to a handful of tweets. “Remember, I’m a percussionist.” Daily commutes back and forth from Newark to Florida. How did Jim do it? Listen at 46 minutes.
@MusicBiz101WP Question for Jim Neglia- What’s the most important part of your book “Onward & Upward” that you think will benefit people?
— Joelle Filippi (@JoelleFlip) December 17, 2014
Jenni asks at 49 minutes what a contractor does if a musician he/she hires just doesn’t show up for the gig.
We give lessons at 52:03. These are good, so listen up!
At 53 minutes in, you hear co-hosts Steve Marcone and Dave Philp talk about the famous Music Biz 101 & More Theme Song Contest. See HERE for the winners (Ally Mac won and Tim Gysin – you heard his song earlier – won Honorable Mention).
We’re done at 56:30. Our outgoing song? “The World Is Ours” by Theme Song Contest Winner The Ally Mac Project.
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- Karl Guthrie – Entertainment Attorney Extraordinaire
- Dr. Rob Quicke – Founder of World College Radio Day
- Dr. E. Michael Harrington – Copyright/Intellectual Property Expert
- George Dassinger – PR Guru (that means Expert)
- Aaron Van Duyne – Business Manager for KISS, Dave Matthews Band, and more
- Harvey Leeds – Personal Manager for Southside Johnny
- Elena Lanza – Independent Dance Radio Consultant
- Dr. Dave Demsey – Coordinator Jazz Studies Program, William Paterson University
- Paul Sinclair – Head of Digital Strategy, Marketing, eCommerce, and Product Development at Atlantic Records
- Jane Stein – Performing Arts Presenter, William Paterson University
- Sean Gilday & Rachel Hill – Agents, Blue Raven Entertainment
- Wayne Chernin – Island & Republic Records
- Steve Corbin – WEA & Lupo Entertainment
- Dave Lory – Jeff Buckley/Courtney Love Manager
- Chris Henderson – Guitarist for 3 Doors Down
- Frank Robbins – Guitar Tech/Hall & Oates and moe.
- Howard Freeman – Executive Producer Quick Chek NJ Festival of Ballooning & Rock, Ribs, & Ridges Festival
- Chris Butler – Songwriter/Guitarist for The Waitresses & Tin Huey
- Ron Bienstock – Music Business Attorney
- Rob Fusari – 2-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer
- Al Cohen – Founder, ACM Records
Thanks for listening and, as always, Adios!