(At Scooter Braun’s suggestion, I bought and read this book. Bob Lefsetz recently called it one of the best books about the music business ever. It was good. I don’t know if it was great. There’s some great inside info and you learn that David Geffen was/is a gigantic baby when he didn’t/doesn’t get his way. But his influence on music and the industry is almost unparalleled. Give it a read and let me know if I’m right or wrong.)
Our next Music Biz 101 & More radio show
will be this Wednesday, July 4th. Our 8pm show will feature Rohit Anand, the VP of Brand Activation for Dream Hotel Group.
This interview was recorded in Nashville last month, so we know what happens in it. Thus, henceforth and hitherto, somebody like you should give a listen.
We talk about how Rohit’s job revolves around the music & entertainment industry, how he got it, who he deals with in the biz, and much more.
Stream the show live on Wednesday HERE!
Meanwhile, for the 25th consecutive summer, William Paterson University will produce its Summer Jazz Series. Our best and favorite doctor ever, Steve “Esteban” Maronce, is conducting the Wednesday night show, which also features multi-time (is that right?) Grammy nominee Pete McGuinness on trombone and vocals.
Meanwhile, our Twitter account stays alive and active. Have a question about anything? Tweet us: @MusicBiz101wp
Keep scrolling down. There’s more great stuff below.
Your Professor David Kirk Philp
Managing Your Band – 6th Edition is out! Did you buy it?!?
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Voice activation expert. Song monetizer. Personal documenitarian. Playlist promoter. Multimedia marketer.
Yes, these are jobs in music. Yes, people make a living doing these jobs, and 43 more. If you want to get into the industry, or if you’re already in it, this article is the definition of a Must Read. I bet those of you who are creative can think up another 3, 5, 10 new jobs that could make sense for you as you peruse this.
Don’t skip this. Don’t be just a dreamer. Be a doer. This will help.
Here’s another important read for you. In fact, read this, then read THIS about Sony’s Sylvia Rhone and THIS about Warner’s Juliette Jones. These aren’t just important articles for women and women of color. These are important articles for ANYONE trying to get into the entertainment industry.
“How do you get in?” Each of these women have different stories. You need to learn the stories of others. Your story may turn out completely different, but if you see how others have done it, you may get a better idea of how YOU can do it.
For example, Ethiopia didn’t go to college. She’s now president of Motown Records. I’m not saying you should skip or drop out of college. What I am saying is that we all have roadblocks in front of us. There are always barriers to entry. How will you climb over the ones in front of you?
The answer? You have to figure that out. Reading this and the jobs article above will give you a good head start.
Note: This is a repeat because you should be listening to this instead of music or Netflix or other hedonistic binges. It’s good, so we’re pushing it on you again.
We keep hammering home about the great interview we have with Scooter Braun, entrepreneur and music manager of Justin Beiber, Tori Kelly, Ariana Grande, and many more (listen to it HERE).
After repeated listens, it’s clear that there are some great lessons in there for anyone associated with the music business. Scooter talks about how he approaches business deals. He talks about confronting blowhards who try to intimidate. He talks about how to overcome getting fired.
Click HERE and read his musings on these topics and more. We’ll come up with a Part II in the near future.
Other Good Reads
Instagram has been in the news big time over the past two weeks. First, they introduced IGTV. Then, there’s THIS. We can now add licensed music (at no cost to us) to our Instagram Stories. “When your friends are watching your story, they’ll hear the song playing as they’re viewing your photo or video. They’ll also see a sticker showing the song title and artist name.”
Our podcast with former Jeff Buckley manager, Dave Lory, awaits your earbuds. Click HERE and give it some time. You WILL learn something.
Read THIS about why you shouldn’t, or maybe should, start your own label.
A new favorite podcast of mine is called Promoter 101. You can find it on iTunes or HERE on SoundCloud. If you need to learn more about agents and promoters and that side of the live business (btw, you do), this is worth paying attention to.
Read THIS INTERVIEW with Ben Mawson & Ed Millett, two founders of Tap Management, the firm that manages Lana Del Ray, Dua Lipa, and more. Interesting stuff.
Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show.
July 4 – Dream Hotel Group VP Brand Activation, Rohit Anand
July 11 – Music Biz 101 & More Live in Nashville!
July 18 – Marieke Bianchi, VP Marketing & Strategic Brand Partnerships, Warner Music Nashville
July 25 – Matthew Adell – Chief Digital Officer, Native Instruments
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 & 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.