(This is what happens if you appear on the Music Biz 101 & More radio show. Two days later, you get Grammy nominations. Bill and his trio were nominated, along with Tony Bennett and Diana Krall, for their album Love Is Here To Stay. Seems like Bill is here to stay as well.)
Our next Music Biz 101 & More radio show
will be this Wednesday, December 12th. It’s our last live episode of 2019 and features Jake Posner, manager of the band ARIZONA.
THAT’S ARIZONA IN CAPS, PEOPLE!!
When Jake comes on, do we yell the band’s name every time we say it? Please, give us some direction.
Just so you know, last week’s email didn’t list who our second radio show guest was for our special 2-hour program. It was Michael Parker, who’s a Manager of A&R and Remix for Atlantic Records. We’ll tell you when the podcast is up. The guys was stellar. We’ve spoken to A&R folks before, but Michael got into certain parts of his job that we hadn’t covered before. It was truly eye opening.
Big thanks to friend Paul Sinclair for blackmailing Michael to do the show.
Stream this week’s show live HERE!
As always, our Twitter account stays alive and active. Have a question about anything? Tweet us: @MusicBiz101wp
Now keep scrolling down. You’ll be glad you read the stuff coming at ya!
See you very soon!
Your Professor David Kirk Philp
Managing Your Band – 6th Edition is out! Did you buy it?!?
40% discount. Hurry!
Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show.
- December 12 – Jake Posner, Manager of ARIZONA
- December 19 – Harlan Frey, VP Atlantic Records Touring & Artist Development (REPEAT)
- December 26 – Cindy daSilva & Chris Tuthill, The Rocks Management (REPEAT)
- January 2 – Harvey Leeds, Southside Johnny manager/Live Nation Consultant (REPEAT)
Tune in at 8 PM each Wednesday for some great, FREE music biz talk.
No long reads this week from us. Instead, here are some links worth clicking on to give you updates on the biz.
A good read. Not a long read. But a good one. Jake Udell, interviewed in this article, gave some additional backstory HERE that you should read.
This article lists the Top 5. Can you guess who they are? They’re listed at the bottom of this part of this section, right before our Podcast of the Week (which is our Nashville interview with Rohit Anand of Dream Hotel Group). A couple thoughts about this list:
1. Three of the five are political conservative talk show hosts on AM radio. This means that these men (all five are white, middle aged men) have developed audiences of superfans who will follow them to the band of radio most people shun – AM.
Take away your feelings about their politics for a moment. They’ve struck a chord with an audience and supply the “content” that their audience wants. In this case, that content is conservative politics.
Now, if you’re not a listener of these people, answer this question: When was the last time you spent longer than three minutes on AM radio listening to traffic & weather together?
2. Radio, like the real world, like entertainment, has its 1% – or less than 1% – who make a disproportionate share of income. Being a radio DJ/On Air Personality, is still something of desire for many. And why not? Your voice is broadcast to a large audience.
The reality, however, is that it’s very difficult to make a middle class living in that position.
When I worked in radio, the DJs all had at least two jobs. For two of them, that second job was as station program director and station music director. But for all of the others, they had to do other things, from tending bar to teaching private baseball instruction to commuting into NYC to DJ shows on SiriusXM.
This is very similar to musical artists who make some money playing gigs and streaming songs and selling merch but also have to teach at a School of Rock, tend bar, or sell Christmas trees in a parking lot when it’s 27 degrees outside.
The dream is achievable. The possibility is there. Just realize that in whatever field you desire that top success, there’s another field just like yours with other people just like you. Now excuse me. It’s the eights and I have to tune in to find out about delays on the Cross Bronx.
This is a prime example of why bands and artists and labels can’t just rely on social media sites for their business. At any time, that site (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, etc.) can change its terms of service or remove the main part of the site that matters to your business.
Read this article. A number of artists and small companies have used Tumblr as their way to reach an audience. While Tumblr had that audience, it also had complete control over the businesses.
The cure: Own your own website. Save up for the hosting fee (anywhere from $100 to $150 per year). Use SquareSpace or Wix or WordPress and employ one of the many templates offered on each service. There’s a learning curve, but it’s not too steep. Anyone willing to put in the 4-6 hours in the beginning will reap the benefits for a very long time.
In case you didn’t know it, Asbury Park has gone through a massive resurgence, not just as a town but as a music mecca. Is Asbury an east coast version of Seattle, circa 1988?
Even if you don’t want to be a manager, this is cool to read.
The Top 5 Paid Radio Hosts of 2018
1. Howard Stern
2. Rush Limbaugh
3. Ryan Seacrest
4. Sean Hannity
5. Glenn Beck
(Ben Weinman, Kimbra’s manager and former Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist, with a WPU MBA class in 2018.)
Billboard Magazine officially announced its top 2018 music business programs on June 27th, and William Paterson’s undergraduate and MBA Music & Entertainment Industries programs received this national recognition. Read the full article HERE.
If you didn’t click above, here’s what they said…
WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY
“There is no doubt in my mind that William Paterson University does an amazing job preparing students for the future,” says RCA Records co-president Joe Riccitelli, an alumnus of the school. “Their courses are relevant and competitive in today’s music business.” WPU’s music and entertainment industries program is now complemented by an MBA in music and entertainment management. The school produces the Music Biz 101 & More radio show and podcast, whose recent guests have included Scooter Braun and Florida Georgia Line manager Seth England.
Faculty: The school, 20 miles west of Manhattan, has visiting music/entertainment industry experts who lecture undergraduate and MBA students. Along with Riccitelli, recent participating executives have included Atlantic Records executive vp promotion John Boulos, Warner Music’s Matt Young and Dan Goldberg, and Atlantic head of digital strategy, marketing and e-commerce Paul Sinclair.
For full details about the Music & Entertainment Industries Program, including courses, the minor, and our MBA, click HERE.
For full details about the WPU Pop Music Studies Program, including courses and audition requirements, click HERE.
Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music & Entertainment Industries and 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 PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.