(Your Professor David Kirk Philp saw U2 on Thursday night and took this pic of 40,000 cell phones giving approval of the band’s song selection (they opened with “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and closed with “One”).)


Our next Music Biz 101 & More radio show is a brand new show, pre-recorded at Music Biz in Nashville last month.  We interview Grover Biery, head of streaming for Concord Music Group, and Heather Ellis, manager of artist marketing at Pandora.  This is a good one, so tune in!

In the meantime, listen all of our other on-demand podcasts HERE – and we’re always open to answer your tweets, so ask away.

Now scroll down  for those articles that make the most sense of your sensibilities.

Your Professor David Kirk Philp

Music Business Attorney Ron Bienstock music biz 101 & more podcast
Ron Bienstock, above, is an example of a very good music business attorney.

 10 Things To Know About Entertainment Law

This is great because we never know enough about the law.  I think lawyers do that on purpose so they can charge us by the hour to fill us in (rim shot).  But seriously, this is a good primer for those of you who are curious or those of you thinking about heading this direction.  Give a click and give a read!

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The book is out!  Did you buy it?!?

Order this masterpiece HERE.  Just like happy customer, Tre Davis!

What is the single most important aspect of the music industry an artist manager needs to understand?

This Week’s Response: Will Dzombak, Manager for Wiz Khalifa

“Be kind to everyone, you don’t need to be a pushover, be assertive but polite. You never know who will come back around.

Podcast of the Week: Katelyn Drozd, Director of Talent Acquisition – Warner Music Group

WMG is looking for all interns.  Interested?  Click HERE to sign up.  Let’s say your resume is great, your LinkedIn profile a killer, and you filled everything out correctly.  Then what?  Listen to Kately fill in the gaps.  Those of you that do will have a much better chance than anybody else.

Go the extra step to secure your dream!

Click and give this one a listen.

The Interview: Jonathan Dickens, Adele’s Manager
What do you want to know about her and him and what goes on?  Click and read and it’s probably here.

Marketing Lesson of the Week: The Yogurt Wars
What does yogurt have to do with music and entertainment?  Nothing.  And everything.  Read this article and just substitute music industry problems with the Yogurt companies.

Everything in the business world is transferable from one industry to the other.  We just don’t all think like that.  Yet.

Click for more.

How Much Do Apple & Spotify Pay The Labels?
Too much.  Or not enough.  Depends on which side you’re on.

Don Henley wrote a song on his first solo album called “Long Way Home.”  He had a great line in that tune that fits here:

“There’s three sides to every story.  Yours, mine and the truth.”

Bottom line here:

Spotify doesn’t want to pay as much royalties as they pay to the labels.  The labels are negotiating the rates down in exchange for Spotify committing to paying on accelerated rates of growth.

Now Apple wants lower rates.  This is good for Spotify and, most likely, Apple.  And, in the long run, the labels.  But does it help songwriters and recording artists in that same long run?


How Logos Became The Most Important Quarter-Inch In Business
Logos are more than just for billboards today.  A logo has to work for that, sure, and magazine print and blog posts.  But what about the tiny thumbnail avatars used on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others?  Does your logo pass the quarter-inch (or less) test?

An interesting point:

“Starbucks’ most recent redesign, in 2011, dropped all words from its logo in favor of a more stylized version of its long-standing mermaid figure; in theory, that frees the mark up to work more easily anywhere in the world—customers don’t need to be able to read Western letters—with associations no longer limited to coffee. ”

Click for more.

How Film’s Top Composers Push Past Constraints Of On-Demand Creativity
Here.  Write something like this.  And make it great.  Make it different.  But make it like that other thing.  You have 20 minutes.

A worthy line:

“When you’re a film composer, part of the gig is you’re giving the director and the producers the music they want. But at the end of the day, if they don’t like it, it’s not in the movie.”


Artist Manager Interview: The Who’s Bill Curbishly
This is a very interesting interview with Bill Curbishly, who’s managed The Who for decades.  He also managed Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, separately.  There are some great stories and some great lessons in here.

The best line:

“Money is a transitory thing. It’s a very short distance from driving the limousine and sitting in the back of it – one does well to remember that. Money is a transitory thing. It’s a very short distance from driving the limousine and sitting in the back of it – one does well to remember that.”

Click for more.

How To Be A Great Music Supervisor
Read this very interesting interview with Zach Cowie, the music supervisor for the Netflix show Master Of None.  Here’s a great music industry job for you.  Think it’s easy?  Think again.

The best line:

“Many of the greatest things we’ll ever see or hear have already happened and it’s a tool that will help you if you know that stuff. It also keeps you from possibly being redundant too. I’m a big believer that to achieve new now is just to combine two things that haven’t been combined before, and the more things you can reference, the quicker you can get to those places.”


Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts: Stream Us 24/7

Our 2017 schedule looks like this:

July 5 – Grover Biery – Head of Streaming for Concord/Heather Ellis – Manager, Artist Marketing at Pandora

July 12 – Steve-O Robertson – VP A&R at Atlantic Records

July 19 – Billy Fields – VP Sales at WEA

July 26 – Katelyn Drozd – Director, Talent Acquisition at Warner Music Group

August 2 – Alix Kram – Warner Music Artist Services/SaulPaul – Artist With A Message

August 9 – Charity Lomax – Tour Manager for the Eagles, Christina Aguilera

August 16 – Peter Jenner – Former Manager for Pink Floyd and The Clash

August 23 – James Stewart – Director of Marketing at em.CO (Tim McGraw’s management company)

August 30 – Caylnn Green – Warner Chappell Songwriter

September 6 – Brian Schechter – Former Manager My Chemical Romance/Current Manager Palisades

Mark those dates on your calendar; 8 PM on Wednesdays.  What do you want to know?  Who do you want to hear from?  Let us know!  The best part?  It’s FREE music biz talk.


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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).  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.

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