Drake Music Biz 101 & More

(After a successful 2016 trip to the Music Biz convention, we’re going back in 2017.  Click on the pic for dates.  We recorded 28 podcasts/radio shows this year.  Get involved and let us know if you’re interested!


Listen this Wednesday at 8PM as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show plays interviews with SynchTank’s Joel T. Jordan and CD Baby’s Kevin Breuner.  These gentlemen, interviewed by Music Biz students Miles Franco (Jordan) and Joelle Filippe (Breuner) talk about inspiration, raising money, entrepreneurship, and much more.  Listen and grow like a weed.

For a full schedule of our summer shows, click HERE.

WP Music Biz students uploaded more than 25 new Music Biz 101 & More podcasts to iTunes and SoundCloud in May.  Click HERE to listen to some great interviews with some great peeps, most of which will air this summer on WP 88.7: Brave New Radio.

Meanwhile, there’s this:

Anyone see Michael Phelps before a big race last week make this face?  Social media dubbed it the #PhelpsFace.  Click HERE or on the pic to read about what Mr. Phelps was probably thinking and how hate, when properly channeled, can drive us to great heights.  (Students should especially read this, since you don’t realize that you’re all really competing with each other.)

Now go scroll down and click on the topics you hold dear to your heart (and then click on the other ones too).

Your Professor David Kirk Philp

Van Duyne, Bruno & Co.

How A Singer/Songwriter Doubled Her Income Using Periscope
Facebook Live is getting all of the media love right now, but don’t totally discount Periscope.  Click and read about indie artist Clare Means, who’s busking in Cali and live streaming it via Periscope.  She’s very creative.  This is worth a read for anyone in the biz.

The New Theory of ’15’ and How Labels & Artists Can Make More $$ From YouTube
In a nutshell, music videos are 4-minutes long and YouTubers make 15-minute videos.  The latter make more money per view than the former, based upon the number of ads served per viewing.  Should musicians, therefore, think about 15-minute music videos?  Click.

Are You Prepared For That Music Business Internship
This is a repeat from two weeks ago.  If you’re looking for an internship this fall (or will in the future), you should click and read this.  It gives you links to posts that can help you get through the interview process and beat the intense competition for that position.

This Week In Lawsuits!
“I fought the law and the law won.”  – Sonny Curtis

It was a good week for lawyers as the lawsuits flew around like gnats around the scat of a dog.  Ed Sheeran was sued because one of the songwriters of “Let’s Get It On” said “Thinking Out Loud” sounded a little bit too much like his song.

An Ozzy Osbourne co-writer sued the Blizzard of Oz over unpaid royalties.

The company that owns ‘American Idol‘ wants to split ties with the show’s creator, Simon Fuller.

And Led Zeppelin has to pay its own legals fees after winning the “Stairway To Heaven” copyright infringement case.

Christine Vay Wealth Management

Making ‘Suicide Squad’ A Smash, Despite Withering Reviews
Click and read about how last week’s #1 box office hit, ‘Suicide Squad,’ was about to break records despite lousy reviews.  Hint: Creative marketing!  Thanks to Doc Marcone for the link!

How Chance The Rapper Turned Down Leading Labels, Then Teamed With Apple Music
This is a pretty good overview of how and why Chance The Rapper has stayed independent.  While I wish it didn’t gloss over some of the details, it’s worth four minutes of your time.  Click and be better.

How Drake Conquered Streaming
Like the Chance The Rapper article, this is good but not perfect.  You’ll still get something out of it, so do yourself a flavor and click.

Managing Your Band working book cover

Avoiding The Prince Syndrome: A Primer On Estate Planning
This is good for students, executives, and artists to read.  The landscape is littered with artists who died way too young.  Prince apparently died without a will.  Don’t let this happen to anyone you know!  Click!

How A Justice Dept. Ruling Could Affect Your Favorite Musician
Since our last newsletter two weeks ago, a bunch has happened, or maybe not happened, concerning the government, ASCAP, BMI, and music licensing fees.  Do yourself a favor and give this a click.  Read about the issue and see if you can figure out why the Justice Dept. ruled the way they did.

Brave New Radio

Podcast of the Week: Ron Bienstock – Music Business Attorney

CD Baby & SynchTank Music Biz 101 & More

Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts: Stream Us 24/7 – Here’s Who’s Coming Up Soon! 
Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show, including:

  • 8/17 – Joel T. Jordan – Synch Tank/Kevin Bruener – CD Baby
  • 8/24 – Bram Bessoff – Indie Hitmaker/Vanessa Ferrer – Merch Cat
  • 8/31 – Katie Jellen – Secret Road Music/Sloane Logue – Ticketmaster
  • 9/7 – Dan Goldberg/Matt Young – Warner Music Artist Services

Tune in at 8 PM each Wednesday for some great, FREE music biz talk.


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.


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 PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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