Van Duyne, Bruno & Co.

Way back in August, we put this out on Instagram:

The concept: Professors David Philp and Dr. Stephen Marcone, hosts of the every so popular Music Biz 101 & More radio show, which airs every Wednesday night at 8:00 on WPSC: Brave New Radio, would create a new class as part of William Paterson University’s Music Management & Popular Music Studies programs and attend the 2016 Music Business Association convention.

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The gentleman in the middle of the picture is Jim Donio, president of the Music Biz Association (MBA).  Philp and Marcone pitched him the idea of this class setting up shop at the convention in order to meet industry execs and record interviews with them.

What is this MBA show all about?  Click below to listen to an interview with President Donio, who’ll incidentally appear on the February 24, 2016 edition of Music Biz 101 & More.

At the 2016 MBA show, the pitch went, William Paterson University music biz students would be responsible for:

  • Making the connections
  • Securing the guests
  • Prepping for their interviews
  • Producing each segment, and then
  • Editing it for future airing as a radio show

In addition, students would promote their broadcasts and subsequent podcasts by putting together marketing/social media plans for their respective shows.

Music Biz Association logoSounds like fun.  But it also sounds expensive, doesn’t it?  Think about it.  From a student perspective, they’re not only paying for a 3-credit class, they have to pay for transportation, hotel, and food.  For lots of students, the lure of a great class isn’t enough to justify the dollar costs.

So after Donio said yes, Marcone and Philp went to work trying to get fiscal help.  Rather than go the traditional route of grants, traditional from an institutional perspective, they looked for outside help from sponsors.  And they got it! Two sponsors committed big bucks.  One sponsor has to remain anonymous for the time being.  The other accepts all the love in the world, which we are about to give.  We now present to you our first public Nashville sponsor.

Van Duyne, Bruno & Co.

Van Duyne, Bruno, & Co. is a business management firm and all partners are CPAs.  The firm renders accounting services for people from all walks of life, like auto mechanics, police officers, and college professors.  White Hat Management (see their cool logo below; also part of the Van Duyne, Bruno & Co. family) handles artists and athletes and other folks in the entertainment biz.  Some of the clients include Charlie Puth, 3 Doors Down, KISS, Dave Matthews, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, St. Vincent, Sleater-Kinney… The list does end, but not until we extend our ellipses much further across the page.

White Hat Management Aaron Van Duyne


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.


Principal and co-founder, Aaron Van Duyne, has appeared on the radio show twice.

Aaron Van Duyne’s First Appearance:

Aaron Van Duyne’s Second Appearance:

Professor Van Duyne is also a professor, hence the title of professor.  He teaches three courses within the Music Management program.  He has a first-hand knowledge of the quality of William Paterson University student.  Plus, he’s willing to share his knowledge with an audience of hungry music biz geeks.

Music Biz 2016 Nashville

Van Duyne, Bruno, & Co. sponsors the Music Biz 101 & More radio show for all of 2016.  The goal of the show is to spread the word to artists and industry personnel about the leading music business management firm in the United States of America.  As Van Duyne said to Professor David Kirk Philp, “If we get one client out of this, it’s worth it.”

If you’d want to know more about what a business manager does, or should do, listen to the interviews above (start with the 2nd one) with Aaron Van Duyne.  Or you can always call the number on the ad and ask for Mr. Professor Van Duynomite.  He won’t answer to that, but it’ll sure be funny.

More to come about Nashville 2016, when Music Biz goes to Music Biz in the Music City.


Music Biz 101 & More is the only FREE advice, college radio-based talk show in America broadcast & podcast on college radio that focuses on the business side of the music & entertainment worlds.  Hosted by William Paterson University’s Dr. Stephen Marcone & Professor David Philp, the show airs each Wednesday at 8pm on WPSC-FM, Brave New Radio.

Questions?  Just send a tweet to @MusicBiz101wp or a DM on Instagram to MusicBiz101wp.

See you in Nashville!

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