Geneva Gamblin – Elektra Records, Sean Striegel – Live Nation, Alix Kram – Warner Music Artist Services, and Mark Robinson – 300 Entertainment, pose with Dr. Stephen Marcone and Professor David Kirk Philp at Music Biz 101 & More Live, produced by William Paterson University’s Music & Entertainment Organization, February 2019.


Billboard Names WPU’s Music & Entertainment Industries Program One of America’s Best!

Wayne, NJ – For the second year in a row, Billboard Magazine, the music industry’s top trade publication, has named William Paterson University’s Music & Entertainment Industries program one of the nation’s best.  Here’s what Billboard said:

William Paterson University — Music and Entertainment Industries Program
Wayne, N.J.

Offering both undergraduate and MBA degrees with a music industry focus, William Paterson University is home to the Music Biz 101 & More radio show and podcast, which reached its 200th episode in 2018. Last May, students taped sessions with key executives attending the Music Biz conference in Nashville. WP’s deep industry ties (and proximity to Manhattan) allowed students to meet with Warner Music Group executives at the label’s New York offices in November, with a similar trip planned to Sony Music.

Guest Speakers: A seminar focusing on women in the music industry hosted by SiriusXM vp Steve Leeds has featured Artist Group International’s Marsha Vlasic and BMG’s Kate Hyman; in April, it will present AEG Live’s Debra Rathwell, Sony Music’s Julie Swidler and Cyndi Lauper’s manager, Lisa Barabis.

“We are pleased to be recognized again and will continue to offer our students every opportunity to excell.  Our close proximity to New York gives us an advantage to be on top of the industry and stay in constant contact our friends and alums who are successful leaders,” said Dr. Stephen Marcone, Coordinator of Music and Entertainment Industries Programs for the past 34 years.

RCA Records Co-President and WPU alum, Joe Riccitelli, poses with William Paterson students at at RCA’s headquarters, March 2019.

The William Paterson University Music & Entertainment Industries program features both undergrad and graduate components.  Graduates of both areas can be found within Sony Music, Viacom, Madison Square Garden Entertainment, Ticketmaster, Songtrust, Blue Raven Entertainment, Kobalt, UTA, Tick Tock, Atlantic Records, and elsewhere.

For information about Williams Paterson University’s Music Business programs, contact:

Dr. Stephen Marcone 973-720-2314 or

William Paterson University Music & Entertainment Industry students, with Paul Sinclair – Atlantic Records and Gina Tucci – Big Beat, at the Warner Music Group, November 2018.


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 Kirk 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 or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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