(LA Reid, Chairman and CEO of Epic Records, smiles as SiriusXM’s Steve Leeds holds up Reid’s new book. Both spoke to William Paterson University students this past Tuesday night. Were you there?) (From L to R: Ashley Overa, Amanda Suriani, Joelle Filippi, Marla Cassenti. WP paid a visit to Amanda and The Orchard on Friday to help launch a new single by Grammy winner Rob Fusari. The song, “Don’t Let Love Down,” comes out April 8.)
We learned this week that the Kesha vs. Dr. Luke lawsuit will stay in the headlines, iHeartMedia is having money problems, and Sony’s Red in the UK merged with Cooking Vinyl’s Essential to form Red Essential, important for those of you who think there’s a market for music on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
Listen Wednesday as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show plays a spring break repeat of our January interview with The JT Project. We talk about independent radio promotion and how DIY Smooth Jazz artists can break through. It’s all very cool.
Below, we focus on George Martin’s impact on the Beatles, 15 essential skills all digital marketing hires must have, how Amazon’s Echo is about to transform our lives at home, 25 songs that tell us where music is heading, and more.
Finally, look at this image below:
This is the guy composing this email. Or at least this is how his students see him (custom art by Luke Davis). Handsome fella, in a kind of Cro-Magnon way, huh?
Go scroll down and click on what interests you the most.
Your Music Biz 101 Wrap Up: Week Of March 14th
George Martin and The Beatles: A Producer’s Impact In Five Songs
The most revered and important music producer in pop music history passed away last week at the age of 90. How great was George Martin? Click and read this article that explains what he did with five key Beatles tracks. Then give a listen. It’s magic.
25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going
From Wilco to Beiber to Rihanna, here’s an article that’s more than just text. You’ve GOT to click to see how the NY Times presents this to us. Great images. Song clips. This is an experience. Click and read.
Author John seabrook will speak at William Paterson University’s 2016 Music Management Seminar Lecture Series on Tuesday night, March 22nd at 8:00. He’ll discuss his new book, The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory. If you’re interested in how today’s hits are made, read it. This event is FREE and open to the public.
The Echo From Amazon Brims With Promise
This thing plays music. At your command. Even if there’s a room full of noise. How can musicians and the music industry take advantage? Read and try to figure that out.
How To Get All Of The Royalties You Never Knew Existed
How do you make money in this biz? Even LA Reid said he was still trying to figure that part out. Still, every writer/performer/manager should read this, either as a refresher or tip sheet. (Thanks to Tom Hefter for the link!)
Click and read.
Professor Daves Kerzner and Philp (because we’re both named Dave, get it?) hosted a Resume & Internship Workshop for WP students last week.
Special guest, MBA Music Management grad Kari Keller (that’s her in the middle pointing with TWO hands), spoke of her internship experiences and how she got her current job at Columbia Records.
Music Biz 101 & More This Week: (Repeat) The JT Project
Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show, including:
- 3/23 – Todd Glassman, Epic Records Head of Promotions
- 4/6 – John Scher – Legendary Concert Promoter
- 4/13 – Summer of Love (Glen Burtnik, Tony Pallagrossi, Rich Russo)
- 4/20 – Rob Fusari – 2x Grammy Winner
And more that we can’t announce just yet. Tune in at 8 PM each Wednesday for some great, FREE music biz talk.
For full details about the Music Management 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 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 PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.