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(That letterhead is so olde, we spelled “olde” with old English.)


No, that isn’t a font gone rogue.  That greeting above is apparently how you write Hello in Russian.  I figured that would be helpful to us moving forward.

Hey – Our next live Music Biz 101 & More radio show takes place this Wednesday, January 25th at 8pm.  Our special guest is Zev Feldman.  Zev is a detective.  Not the kind who goes through your trash looking to discover filth on you.  No, Zev finds long lost recordings by Jazz greats, like John Coltrane or Wed Montgomery.  He cleans up the tapes and releases them through the label he works for, Resonance Records.  How did he get this gig?  Tune in Wednesday to find out – and tweet more of your questions.

Music biz stuff is going on.  Did you hear that Paul McCartney wants his stuff back?  Pandora thinks they’re the cat’s meow.  HERE is a great comparison of the differences (and similarities) between Netflix and Spotify.  And this BUSINESS MANAGER stole almost $5 million from Alanis Morrisette and got caught.

Oh, and there’s this:

That’s DMC, Darryl McDaniels from Run DMC, and Rob Fusari, who’s won more Grammy Awards than this writer.  We see them hanging comfortably at a Wayne, New Jersey Starbucks, talking about “I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years,” a massive concert you’re going to on Friday, March 24th at 7:30pm at William Paterson the University.  More to come.  Much more.

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.

Has The Pop-Up Bubble Popped?
Kanye did well last year with his Pop-Up retail shops to move his Life of Pablo merch.  But will that strategy continue to work in 2017?  Big thanks to our pal Dan Goldberg of Warner Music Artist Services for posting this on his LinkedIn page.  Are you following or connected to him?  One should, one thinks.

Independent Bands: Here’s Why No One Is Coming To Your Shows (Yet)
On the recommendation of our close personal friend, Kari Keller, Touring & Events Assistant at Columbia Records, you can now read this and doing some figuring out.

If you’re in a band, there’s great info in here for you.  If you want to be in a band or group or are stuck in your bedroom for some reason, there’s some great info in here for you.  If you want to manage a band or group or that person stuck in the bedroom, there’s some great info in here for you.

And we all have Kari to thank.  Send her a thank you note.  She’d appreciate it.

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.

Blockchain Could Completely Transform The Music Industry
We’ve included articles about Blockchain a number of times in the past and will continue to do so in 2017.  You NEED to know what this is.  It may never take off, but even if it doesn’t, Blockchain will likely influence how the industry deals with contracts, piracy, artist payments, and more.

Maybe you should be the one to figure that part out.

For more about this, look below at our podcast of the week, featuring an interview with Blockchain enthusiast and PledgeMusic founder Benji Rogers from a late-2016 Music Biz 101 & More show.

Music Biz 2017 Nashvillle

Managing Your Band 6th Edition Book Cover (front)




Entertainment Marketing: 2016 Was A Big Year For Movie Partnerships
Click and see if you could have thought up these ideas.  Did you know that people are paid decent bucks to try to put together partnerships for artists and brands?  Might that be an opportunity for your future?

Germany’s Music Market in 2016: Streaming Catches On
We all must remember that as great as America is again, there’s still a whole lot of music biz going on outside our walls.  Click on this article to learn a little bit more about the 2016 dollar volume in Germany, which is one of the top 5 markets for music in the world.

Brave New Radio

Podcast of the Week: PledgeMusic Founder & Blockchain Enthusiast Benji Rogers

Music Biz 101 & more new season

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

Our 2017 schedule looks like this:

  • January 25th – Zev Feldman: Big Dawg at Resonance Records
  • February 22nd – Richard James Burgess: President of A2IM
  • March 1st – Todd Horn: VP of International at ADA
  • March 8 – Darryl “DMC” McDaniels interviewed by Rob Fusari
  • March 22 – Mark Goodman, SiriusXM & original MTV VJ
  • March 29 – Kevin Erickson: National Organizing Director at Future of Music Coalition

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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