That’s a real turkey.  And he asked me to say hello to you and to say he hasn’t forgiven us for Thanksgiving.  That’s also really Ben Weinman (on the left), formerly of Dillinger Escape Plan.  Ben recently retired the band and is managing the New Zealand artist Kimbra.  Click on the pic to get a good idea of what Ben is up to for the rest of his life.

Besides the turkey pic…

Music Biz 101 & MoreOur next Music Biz 101 & More radio show will take place on Wednesday, January 31st at 8pm.

The show, should you care (and you do), will feature Atlantic Records VP of Promo John Boulos.  Boulos is this year’s Expert-In-Residence at William Paterson, the University.  That means he lives in our dorms and eats our cafeteria food (no it doesn’t).  He does lecture at our classes and make us semi-cool.  That semi-coolness will translate over the air as you listen intently on the 31st of this glorious month.

You’ll listen, right?

Speaking of listening, Doc Marcone and me (Philp, although not a Doc) were featured HERE on THIS PODCAST to talk about our fantastical book, Managing Your Band, and offer FREE information about this biz.  You should listen because our voices together are like Simon & Garfunkel (after the first breakup).

In the meantime, listen all of our on-demand podcasts HERE.  Here’s another FREE way to get an MBA in Music Biz Knowledge.

On to new things.  Are you suffering the mid-January/post-holiday/Damn-it’s-cold-outside blahs?  We have two posts below to help you overcome those feelings so that you can keep those positive resolutions (that you only made three weeks ago).  Ready?  Let’s go.

How To Become Indispensible At Work This Year

Read these seven steps to help inspire you to be better.  Overall, the best way to improve yourself is to really be honest with yourself.  If you know that it’s really hard to wake up in the morning, admit it out loud and go to bed earlier.  Or don’t drink that cup of coffee after 6pm.

If you aren’t prepared for meetings, admit it out loud and mark down in your calendar a specific time for meeting prep.  You CAN do this.  Avoid being lethargic and take control, take responsibility for your life/

I Tried 4 Ways To Get Over That Afternoon Slump

In this video, a happy millennial woman tries out 4 different things to help her get over that daily afternoon energy slump.  Maybe one of these ideas can help you too.

Interested in Concert Promotion? Listen To This.

The live business is bigger than the recorded music business, which means you should learn as much about as you can.  This podcast series interviews agents, promoters, journalists, and more.  Give some of this a chance.

Katy Perry: “I’m a victim of social media pressure.”

Hmmm.  Read this.  It’s not about shaming or bullying.  It’s more about…time.  Katy Perry thinks she spends too much time on social media.  Other musicians, like Selena Gomez and Ed Sheeran, are also mentioned in this article.

Don’t get too caught up in what they say, however.

If you’re an up-and-coming artist, or working with one (or some), like it or not, you need to participate in social media.  You need a good plan.  And you need to engage with your audience.  It’s 2018.  It’s not 1998.  Get over the past.  This is how it is.  Deal with it.  (Ohh, I’m feeling feisty now.)

Keep scrolling down.  There’s more great stuff below.

Your Professor David Kirk Philp


What is the single most important aspect of the music industry an artist manager needs to understand?

Stephen Schloss – Shawn Mendes Tour Manager

For me, the music industry is the engine behind the art. The most important aspect of the music industry to understand is that it’s about the music and if you feel otherwise, run the other way.

“I couldn’t imagine doing what I do if I didn’t continue to love music from way deep inside myself. And there have been times where I’ve questioned why I’m putting myself through what I have, coming up from the bottom of the business. 

“The pride I take in the fact that I make a living and continue to grow in this crazy music world and amongst artists that I worshiped as a kid and artists that I get to help develop and ride the ride with…it’s invaluable and incredible.”

Your Knowledge Presented By:

The book is out!  Did you buy it?!?

Podcast of the Week: Cyber PR’s Ariel Hyatt

Music Biz 101 & More is the only radio show in America 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 live each Wednesday at 8pm on WPSC-FM, Brave New Radio.

In this episode, Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR talks about how publicity has changed in the digital age, what DIY artists need to think as they try to create their social media “voice,” and how publicists can turn into artist managers. Click and listen for some PR 101.

Music Biz 101 & More Radio Show: Here’s Who’s Coming Up Soon! 

Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show.

  • January 31 – John Boulos, VP Promotion Atlantic Records

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


For full details about the Music & Entertainment Industries 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).  Your favorite professor is also co-author (with Dr. Steve Marcone) of Managing Your Band: 6th Edition. Reach him at or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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