(This is the hand of Prof. Dave Kerzner, the head of the WP Sound Engineering Arts program.  Here he works our new studio console, which was really expensive.  To pay for it, he’s becoming a hand model.) 

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First of all, big thanks to everyone who’s been signing up for this weekly newsletter.  That makes your writer very happy.  Where are you coming from?  Hit reply and let us know.

Our next Music Biz 101 & More radio show takes place on Wednesday, December 14th at 8pm.  Our special guest will be Paul Resnikoff, the founder of Digital Music News.  We’ll do a 2016 Music Biz Year in Review.  What happened this year?  Tune in to find out.

Meanwhile, Duran Duran got some bad news on Friday (thanks for the tip, Aaron Van Duyne).  Hypebot suggests these 7 suggestions to engage your fanbase during the holidays.  Spotify’s Troy Carter will be the keynote speaker at Music Biz 2017 in May (come with us to Nashville to see it!).  And Bob Lefsetz gives some good advice for DIY artists about modern marketing.

Oh, there’s also this:

The Pop Music students of William Paterson University say hello.  On the far right is new faculty member Tom Paster, who’ll be leading a very cool a-capella group that will most likely impress the heck out of all of us.  Stay tuned!

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.

Beyond ‘Hamilton,’ For Better Or For Worse
After you star in, or create (or both) one of the biggest Broadway hits of all-time, what happens next?  Read this article which covers the ups and downs, so far, of the original ‘Hamilton’ cast.

The Secret To Getting Noticed On LinkedIn
This is for every single person reading this, whether you’re a student or a professional.  Have you looked at your profile lately?  Now would be a good time, especially since we have a few days off later this week.  Take care of your LinkedIn profile and you’ll be taking care of yourself.

5 Simple Ways For New Grads To Get Recruiters’ Attention
Some folks are done with school in a few weeks.  Others are done in 5 months.  Regardless, anyone in school should take a glance at this article and see how it can help them.

A Day To Remember Wins (for the most part) Its Suit Against Victory Records
Interested in the structure of an indie label contract?  Then click and read.  Make sure you understand the nuances of this suit and why A Day To Remember won.

Christine Vay Wealth Management

How A Triathalon Helped America Ferrera Defy Her Inner Critic
She’d just won an Emmy, yet she felt empty, as if she didn’t deserve it.  Read this interesting article by Ugly Betty/Superstore actress America Ferrera about how she overcame self-doubt.  We all have it, so click.

SiriusXM Could Pay Up To $99 Million In Flo & Eddie Settlement
Songs that came out before 1972 haven’t been getting paid appropriate royalties due to various laws.  Those laws have been challenged by former Turtles stars Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (Flo & Eddie).  Challenge accepted and challenge met.  Read to see how these millions will be paid out and to whom.

Report: $2 Million Needed To ‘Create’ An Artist Success (In One Market)
This report, posted by the international IFPI organization, shows the amount of money labels spend on R&D (research & development), which, in the music world, is A&R.  So R&D is A&R.  Just wanted to write that.  Where is the money spent?  Click.

Managing Your Band 6th Edition Book Cover (front)

How Managers Are Helping Drive Forward Artists’ Recording Careers
Interesting article that covers the plans of 6 different managers.  Artists should read this to understand deals.  Manager wannabes should read this to expand their mental palates.  Same with students of the industry.  So just click.

How To Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
Written by a green beret, this article gives 7 tips for existing outside of your comfort zone.  So give it a click, especially if you don’t really want to.

AT&T Unveils New Streaming Service; Taylor Swift A Big Part
Nice week for Ms. Swift.  She gets the above (just click) and Forbes named her the highest paid artist of 2016.  Meanwhile, TV as we’ve known it (especially for Generation X and above) is changing quickly.  From Hulu to Netflix to services like AT&T, you can imagine why ratings are down and more and more people are cutting the cord.  Give a click and start thinking about this.  And where you may fit in.

Brave New Radio

Podcast of the Week: Ticketmaster’s Tom Hefter and our 2015 Year In Review

Paul Resnikoff

Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts: Stream Us 24/7
Great guests are coming to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show, including:

  • 12/14 – Paul Resnikoff – Digital Music News

Tune in at 8 PM each Wednesday for some great, 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).  Reach him at PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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