It’s nice when Cyndi Lauper’s manager comes by, tells some great stories, looks you in the eye, and makes you feel special.  Lisa Barbaris visited William Paterson University last week and served as a great example of how success should never spoil you.  Above from L to R: Dr. Esteban Marcone, SiriusXM’s Steve Leeds, Barbaris, and your amazing Professor David Kirk Philp.  (Thanks to Jayde Onori for taking this still photograph.)

Here’s what is on Professor David Kirk Philp’s mind at this moment.

Why Music Festivals Need More Beyoncés

We just finished celebrating women in the music industry in the 2019 Music Management Series. Here are four videos.  Watch or scroll down, because there’s more:

Video: AEG’s VP Debra Rathwell Speaks @ WPU

Video: BMG’s VP of A&R, Kate Hyman, Speaks @ WPU

Video: AGI’s President, Marsha Vlasic, Speaks @ WPU

Video: Sony Music Entertainment’s EVP Business Affairs & General Counsel Julie Swidler Speaks @ WPU

You should know that times are better for women in da biz.  They’re much better.  But things aren’t perfect.

THIS is an interesting article from the failing NY Times that was published the other day.  It gives some great stats about women’s roles in festival lineups.

35 – The % of women who made up this year’s Cochella lineups.

50 – The % of women who’ll make up more than 100 festivals internationally by 2022, according to a pledge made by these festivals.  Look at the list HERE.  What’s missing, besides the names of just about every big festival you’ve ever heard of in the United States?

19 – The % of women who made up many of your favorite festival lineups in 2018.  Lookee HERE for a nice graph.

In words, not graphs, you should know that there is awareness.  But there isn’t enough action.

When Lisa Barbaris was in last week, she spoke about her work on the board of She Is The Music.  The organization is made up of women, for women, to help promote women in the business.  Tour managers.  Engineers.  Producers.  All of these roles, traditionally manned by men, can also be filled by women.  She Is The Music includes a list of people who can fill these positions. Click here on THE LIST and see how many women are out there who can do this work.

Pretty impressive, huh?

Now – Are you going to Nashville next weekend for the Music Biz Conference?  We’ll be there, recording radio shows and podcasts with students from other universities.  If you’re going to Music Biz and think you should be the subject of one of our Music Biz 101 & More shows, hit me and let’s chat!

That’s all for this week.  See you in Nashville!



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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 or find him on LinkedIn HERE.  The WPU Music & Entertainment Industries program is ranked one of the best by Billboard Magazine.  Don’t believe us?  Click HERE for truth!

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