Music Biz 101 Live Panel Namecards
Above are the placeholder cards for our five guest panelists at Music Biz 101 & More Live, 2016.

On Monday, November 7th, the world experienced a sea change greater than the 2016 presidential election, which took place the following day.  Because on Monday, November 7, 2016, the world experienced Music Biz 101 & More Live for a second consecutive year on the great American campus some call William Paterson University.  The live show was recorded to air on WPSC: Brave New Radio on November 23, 2016.

What follows below is the podcast of this event and a full visual recap.  Nearly every pic is by Jess Talos.  Give her a hand or a hearty congratulations if you ever see her.  She also takes great photos of her cat which you can see HERE.

The evening began with an hour-long live Music Biz 101 & More radio show, hosted by Dr. Esteban (Steve) Marcone and your Music Biz Professor, David Kirk Philp.  Your hosts interviewed five industry guests about how they got their start in the biz, what kind of internships are important to attain (and how to nab one), and to describe their definition of hard work.

After the show (recorded and produced by Nathaniel “Nate the Hawk” Hawkins) and a quick break, our industry guests gathered at tables and sat with students in our 12-minute networking rounds.  Nine guests rotated from table to table, regaling the students with stories, tips, and inspiration.


The list of panelists and networking industry guests is below.  Thanks to all of them for taking the time to share their knowledge and experiences with eager Music Biz students.  You could see brains all over the room resemble giant sponges.  Oh, here’s that list of nice peeps:

  • Rosie Lopez – President, Tommy Boy Entertainment
  • Matt Young – EVP, Warner Music Artist Services
  • Tom Hefter – Senior Manager – National Tours, Ticketmaster
  • Katelyn Drozd – Director of Talent Acquisition, Warner Music Group
  • Lou Micelli – Lead Singer, Palisades
  • Kari Keller – Touring & Events Assistant, Columbia Records
  • Joey Stefan – Coordinator of Business Operations/Content Distribution, Viacom
  • Aaron Rosa – Drums, Palisades
  • Matt Marshall – Guitar, Palisades
  • Brandon Elgar – Bass, Palisades
A great pic of all 9 industry guests, the MEO e-board, Doc Marcone and Professor Philp.

The Music Biz 101 & More Live session was produced by WP’s MEO (Music & Entertainment Organization).  In 2015, MEO won an award for their production of the first radio show/networking event.  The 2016 edition was run even more smoothly.  Bit thanks to the MEO executive board:

  • Joelle Filippi
  • Emily Case
  • Bianca Russo
  • Fatima Diakate
  • Gina Rajekas

Now, listen to the podcast and look at the pics.  Are you in any of them?

Music Biz student Cole Mozeleski chats with WMG’s Katelyn Drozd before the event.


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.


Nick, Josh, and Kyle smile for your enjoyment.
Your Professor David Kirk Philp starts off the event with a vow of total awesomeness.
Philp and Doc Marcone make a point, probably a brilliant one.
Tommy Boy Entertainment’s Rosie Lopez discusses her start in the biz, all the way back in high school.
Matt Young of Warner Music Artist Services speaks truth while Palisades singer Lou Micelli looks on in awe.
Ticketmaster’s Tom Hefter offers advice while Philp provides security.
Music Biz student (and EDM artist) Xander Fiedler asks a question of the panel.
Mike Bassett, pursuing his MBA in Music Management, points a question to the panel about goal setting.
Matt Young provided some free shirts for attendees. They were happy.
Viacom’s Joey Stefan sits during the networking session and chats while MBA in Music Management student JJ Tham looks on.
Columbia Records’ Kari Keller (’15) describes her internship experiences while she pursued her MBA in Music Management at William Paterson University.
Lou Micelli of Palisades shared some great tips that only a successful DIY band (now signed to Rise Records) can share.
Matt Young impressed attendees with his honesty and sense of humor. The word “cool” was used to describe him more than once.
Rosie Lopez brought an infectious energy to the event, which impressed every attendee who crossed her path.
Katelyn Drozd has the power to hire interns and full-time people at the Warner Music Group, or at least make recommendations. She gave some great advice that everyone hung on to.
Aaron Rosa, drummer for Palisades, shakes hands with an event attendee. The guys in the band were kind and open about their career and plans. They also agreed to a future appearance on the Music Biz 101 & More radio show.  Stay tuned.
Just looking at the faces of DJ Fade (left) and Music Biz alum Julie Welgoss shows the event’s success.

We’ll do this again next year.  Mark your calendars for mid- to late-October, 2017 and make sure you attend.  See you then?

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 or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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