Practice for I Want My '80s

(Here’s Rob Fusari, Music Director of “I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years,” practicing with Ariana (left), Sara (center), and Chrissie (right).  The show rocks your world Friday, March 24th.  You’re going.)


What is up with you?  Good things? 

That’s great. You’re so great.  But you knew that.

Hey – Our next live Music Biz 101 & More radio show takes place Wednesday, February 22nd at 8pm.  Our special guest will be Dr. Richard Burgess, a big dawg at A2IM.  Know what that is?  If not, look it up HERE.  We’ll ‘splain more about them next week.

In the meantime, tune in to our podcasts HERE – and we’re always open to answer your tweets, so ask away.

Music biz stuff is going on.  Did you know what the top grossing tours of 2016 were?  Find out HERE.  Speaking of live events, StubHub is doing well.  Sprint and Tidal are in love. Finally, click HERE for a lot of tips my friend David Deutsch found that can help protect you from evil online hackers.

Oh, and there’s this:

Lori Majewski of SiriusXM and the author of Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the ’80s, will speak Tuesday night at William Paterson University.  8:00 in Hobart Hall’s Martini Room.

Wanna go?  It’s open to the public.  Click HERE or hit up Professor David Kirk Philp if you want more info.  Just reply to this or call/text him (that’s me!): 917-204-1929.

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.

Hey Songwriters – Think A Computer Can Write As Well As You?
If you’re a songwriter, you should click and read this.  This tech could eventually do for songwriters what drum machines have done to guys like me.  Or not.

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.

Read This Before You Ask Someone To Coffee
Found this on LinkedIn.  You should go to their newsfeed often.  There’s great stuff there.

If you’re into networking, asking somebody if you can buy them a cup of coffee is a great way to get a meeting.   But then what?  And after it’s over, another “then what” comes around.  This article is spot on with suggestions.  I urge to read this twice and follow its advice.


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.

4 Interview Questions To See The Truth In Every Candidate
Whether you’re a hiring manager or someone looking for a job, this article is a good one for you.  If you’re behind the desk asking the questions, think about this writer’s point.  If you’re in front of the desk answering, this will help you strategize before you go into your interview.

This was also found on my LinkedIn newsfeed.  Go to yours!

Music Biz 2017 Nashvillle

Managing Your Band 6th Edition Book Cover (front)




5 Tips For Selling Anything To Anybody
I hate titles like this because it’s generally b.s.  Everybody is different, so you can’t sell to one person the way you should sell to somebody else.  That said, because I agree with #1 here, “The first thing you’re selling is yourself,” it made sense for you to scan this.  Maybe it’ll help you.

You may not be in a “sales” position, but you’re always selling:  your song to the band, your band to a manager, your band to an agent or a label, your song to radio, your tour to the public…  You’re always selling.  Understand that and you’ll already be two steps ahead of those who don’t.

Your 90-Day Plan To Becoming An Entrepreneur
Like the “sell anything to anyone” article above, articles like this should get your b.s. radar jumping around.  But again, you can always grab a nugget or two from these thangs.  Give a click and a read.

You’re always an entrepreneur in a band.  A band is like a business (you’ve heard this before, yes?).  It’s a start up.  You need to know what to do to survive because there’s a lot of competition going after the same customer (your potential fans).

Click.  Read.  Win.

Brave New Radio

Podcast of the Week: The JT Project

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
  • April 5 – Tom Mullen: Sr. Director of Creative Partnerships, Sony/Legacy Recordings

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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