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

Stephen Schloss – Shawn Mendes Tour Manager

For me, the music industry is the engine behind the art. The most important aspect of the music industry to understand is that it’s about the music and if you feel otherwise, run the other way.

“I couldn’t imagine doing what I do if I didn’t continue to love music from way deep inside myself. And there have been times where I’ve questioned why I’m putting myself through what I have, coming up from the bottom of the business. 

“The pride I take in the fact that I make a living and continue to grow in this crazy music world and amongst artists that I worshiped as a kid and artists that I get to help develop and ride the ride with…it’s invaluable and incredible.”

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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 or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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