This Is The Edge

(That’s your Professor David Kirk Philp on the left, Doc Marcone on the right, and Hal Leonard Big Dawg John Cerullo in the middle.  Why?  “Managing Your Band” rears its pretty head in April  You can pre-order it now on Amazon HERE.)

2017 in rocking and rolling.  How’s your year so far?

Our next live Music Biz 101 & More radio show takes place on, January 25th at 8pm.  Until then, click HERE to listen to all of our podcasts.  Every one is up and available for you to enjoy, learn from, or make fun of.  We had some great guests in 2016.  Wait until 2017 gets moving…

Music biz stuff is going on.  Have you been looking?  Pandora and SoundCloud each had not-so-good weeks.  Ed Sheeran had a really good week, including this Snapchat lens.  You can also read THIS by Kobalt Label Services VP of Global Marketing Strategy, David Emery, called How To Survive The Music Business in 2017.

Now scroll down and click on the topics you hold dear to your heart (and then click on the other ones too).  And have a happy 2017!

Your Professor David Kirk Philp

Van Duyne, Bruno & Co.

2016 Sales Data Is Out And Ready For You To Absorb
Which distribution company did well in 2016 and which didn’t?  How do we determine the definition of “did well”?  What about the indies?  What about streaming?  There’s a lot here, so take a look and see what pops out to you.

Universal Music Sued Over Alleged Digital Royalties Non-Payments
We’re seeing more and more of these lawsuits from artists with past, pre-digital era success who claim they deserve more and higher royalty payments from their labels.  Take a look at this and note the 2010 appellate court case, which you can see HERE.

Christine Vay Wealth Management

Mark Goodman, Darryl McDaniels & Rob Fusari

I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years Brings The Star Power
Big show taking place at William Paterson University on Friday, March 24th at 7:30 pm.  Original MTV VJ Mark Goodman will host “I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years.”  Grammy Award winner Rob Fusari is Music Director of a rockin’ student band, which will perform 3 Run DMC classics with the “DMC” himself, Darryl McDaniels.

Click on the link for details, including ticket prices.  You’re going to this.  You probably just don’t know it yet.

The Best ‘Hire Me’ Email From A Recent College Grad
Take a look at this.  Do you agree with the quality of this email?  Do you know how to write a good email that gets somebody’s attention?  It’s a lot harder than you think.  Anyone should click to read this.  You might get a tip or two. (Thanks to Emily Case for finding this!)

Music Biz 2017 Nashvillle

Managing Your Band 6th Edition Book Cover (front)




4 Things This Guy Would’ve Done Differently With His Crowdfunding Campaign 
Whether you’ve ever run your own crowdfunding campaign or not, you should know it’s not easy and there’s a lot more work to it than just throwing up a page and asking for money.  Click to get a sense of how this person would improve next time.

U2’s The Edge Talks About Music Distribution
Our friend at Ticketmaster, Tom Hefter, threw this article over and thought it’d be good to point out the part about how the band will distribute their new record.

You may remember that anyone with an Apple iTunes account got U2’s last album for free.  There were lots of complaints about that (We are an insane society; there, I’m done).  What are the band’s plans this go around?  Click and check it out.

Brave New Radio

Podcast of the Week: Childish Gambino Manager Michael McDonald

Music Biz 101 & more new season

Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts: Stream Us 24/7

Our 2017 schedule looks like this:

  • January 25th
  • February 22nd – Richard James Burgess: President of A2IM
  • March 1 –
  • March 8 – Rob Fusari interviews Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
  • March 22 – Mark Goodman, Original MTV VJ

Mark those dates on your calendar; 8 PM on Wednesdays.  What do you want to know?  Who do you want to hear from? Let us know!  The best part?  It’s 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 or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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