Music Biz at William Paterson University

Here’s your weekly music & entertainment industry wrap-up, handcrafted to give it that perfect Music Biz 101 flavor.  It’s also the last one of 2014.  We did 49 of these this year.  That’s pretty good.  Can we get to 50 in 2015?  Come back here and find out.

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Your Weekly Music/Entertainment Industry Social Media Wrap-Up

Note:  This is our last email of 2014.  We’ll be back in January.  Happy Holidays!

The BIG Contest Winner: The Ally Mac Project

Congratulations to the Ally Mac Project, which won the BIG Music Biz 101 & More Theme Song Contest.

WP’s Allison McKenzie-led Ally Mac Project won the contest because of a cool song called “The World Is Ours.”  To learn more about Allison, the winning song, and how she wants her future to lay out, watch THIS VIDEO.

Here’s a pic of Ally and the band.  Check out “The World Is Ours” at the beginning and end of EVERY Music Biz 101 & More radio show in 2015, starting January 14th.

Honorable mention to Tim Gysin, who wrote a really catchy jingle that we’ll also play every week during the show.  We’ll give both Ally Mac and Timbo loads of love on theMusic Biz 101 website.

Must Long-Read of the Week:

Proof Snapchat’s CEO Is Ready To Take Over The World

If you’re into “the biz,” this is worth a read.  Yeah, it’s wonky with multi-syllabic words, like “valuation,” but Evan Spiegel, one of the founders of Snapchat, is only 24 years old.


The students who read this all want to make big bucks in the business world we call music.  If that’s truly the case, you need to read this.  ‘Nuff said.

Must Long-Read of the Week Part Two:

An Open Letter To Oprah, Who Asked Me To Play For Free


Why I Agreed To Play Oprah’s ‘The Life You Want’ Tour For Free

These are two great opposing views to the conundrum of playing for free vs. potential exposure to lots and lots of people.  Read ’em both.  How do you feel?

Big Announcement of the Week:

Our big & awesome Music Biz 101 & More radio show (the only FREE advice music business talk show in the United States) is on hiatus until January 14th, when we’ll interview cool indie artist (and WP Pop Music graduate Lauren Marsh).  Until then, leaf through all 30 of your Music Biz 101 & More radio shows in podcast form on the web or on your phone.  Here’s how:

On the web HERE

On the Stitcher mobile app HERE

Coming in 2015: Instagram & Vine Music Biz Tips O’ The Week!!

Pic of the Week:

WP Jazz Vocal Teacher Nancy Murano’s Advanced Jazz Vocal Quartet poses with members of the New York Voices after a December 7th Jazz Room Series show at William Paterson University.  Nice smiles by everyone.
Pic of the Week Dos:

A collage of pics from a December 13th Popular Music Biz Boot Camp at Willy P. Everybody’s so happy!

Pic of the Week, Tres:

One more pic of Allison McKenzie, leader of the Ally Mac Project.  Did you listen to herVIDEO?

To always keep up with pics of what’s going on around WPU and its Music Biz department (covering all things music), follow our Instagram Page HERE or Music Biz 101 Facebook page HERE.

More Stuff To Check Out:

Vessel Launches As YouTube Competitor

If you have ever made a video on your own, you should read this.  The founder of Hulu has put together what he’s calling the biggest competitor ever to YouTube.  Click and see how this can affect your career (and wallet).

Spotify’s Daniel Ek ‘We Need To Do A Better Job Explaining’

This is our last post about Spotify for the year.  It’s true – Spotify has done a horrible job explaining their business model, as it relates to artists and rights-holders, which are two distinct parties (one thing he has done a terrible job explaining).  He’s learned a few lessons about public speaking.  How will his business keep growing in 2015?

Warner Music Says It Loves Streaming, As Long As Listeners Are Paying For It

We’ve been wondering a bit how the labels feel about streaming, since we’ve heard more lately from artists and Spotify.  Click on the link to get a good view (and better understanding) of where the growth is in this format.

In The Face Of Giants, Indie Promoters Outpaced The Industry In 2014

Think you can promote your own shows?  There’s hope for you, as long as you have loads and loads of energy and don’t mind when doors get slammed in your face regularly. Click, read and think about what you can do in 2015.

Why You Need To Trust Your Business Manager – A Tale Of Two Ripoffs

Former NY Yankees Jorge Posada and Jose Contreras are suing their former business managers.   While both can blame themselves for not doing their due diligence, they can also blame the fact that their biz managers betrayed their trust.  Read this and learn an important lesson about how the money can go out as quickly as it can come in.

Bookmark This!! (Other Stuff To Click On & Read)

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Dr. Dre Becomes Highest Earning Musician Of All Time

Why Bethany Mota Has 10 Million Fans Waiting On Her Next Video

VEVO Reaches One Billion Views In Mexico 

How One Brands Hunts Cool Customers And Captures Them

5 Email Myths You Should Stop Believing

Amanda Palmer On Making A Living As A Musician

Why Merlin’s Deal With Pandora May Pay Off

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Until next week (or our next class),

Professor Philp

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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).  Reach him at or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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