(Look!  Professor David Kirk Philp co-wrote this with Jeffrey Campbell, a bigshot in the national office of the United Methodist Church in Nashville.  These are being given away to churches around the country.  First printing of approximately 5,500 booklets.) 


Because of a weekend getaway, you’re getting a shorter recap this week.  Is that okay?  Oh, ’cause your favorite professor has to go away with his mother to Rathbone, New York this week (Wanna come?  Please?), there won’t be a recap next week.  Will you survive?

Listen this Wednesday at 8PM as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show plays an interview led by WP Music Management student Alyssa Warner with Serona Elton, an educator at the University of Miami and music business lawyer for Warner Music. We talk about data management, what her name would be if she married Elton John, and much more.

For a full schedule of our summer shows, click HERE.

WP Music Biz students uploaded more than 25 new Music Biz 101 & More podcasts to iTunes and SoundCloud in May.  Click HERE to listen to some great interviews with some great peeps, most of which will air this summer on WP 88.7: Brave New Radio.

Meanwhile, classic rocker Eddie Money’s former drummer is suing him because he wasn’t hired for a summer tour (and some other reasons).  The question is, can someone hire/fire whomever they want when they go out on the road?  Will Kanye West get sued for unauthorized use of other artists’ “images” for his ‘Famous’ video?  “Happy Birthday” is almost public domain.  And Wu-Tang Clan rappers Ghostface Killah and Raekwon are charging $1,100 if you’d like to open up for them on their summer tour.  Would you pay that?

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.

Famechangers: The Digital Talent Transforming Entertainment
Here are a series of articles, from Variety, dedicated to exploring how a new breed of performer is changing entertainment.  Click and see which one of these is most interesting to you.  (Read the article below, too.)

Facebook Changes Its Newsfeed Algorithm – Again
Reaching your audience without having to spend money is going to get a little bit (or a whole lotta bit) harder on Facebook once they make it so newsfeeds focus more on friends and family and less on pages from bands and businesses.  The solution?  This article suggests you double down and keep growing that email list.  You have one, right?

Joe Conyers III Named 2016 Billboard Digital Power Player
And Joe was the featured guest on last Wednesday’s Music Biz 101 & More radio show. Listen to the podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud.

Joe is brilliant.  You must give this interview some time if you want to know where the industry, especially when it comes to publishing and payments, is going.

Christine Vay Wealth Management

Managing Your Band working book cover

Video: VEVO’s VP of Talent Reveals How To Find Chart-Topping Artists
This is less than 2 minutes long.  Give it a click and watch.

How Instagram Thrived To 500 Million Users While Others Struggle To Grow
From Facebook not screwing it up to the app not taking up too much mobile phone storage space to community, there are some great things to learn from reading this.  Suggestion: Click.

Brave New Radio


Stephen Witt Music Biz 101 & More podcast

Podcast of the Week: Stephen Witt, Author of “How Music Got Free”
Listen to this excellent interview with Stephen Witt, author of the great book How Music Got Free.  Taken from this spring’s Music Management Seminar Series, Steve Leeds of SiriusXM does a great job finding out how Witt wrote the book and how the industry has changed over the past 20 years.

Serona Elton Music Biz 101 & More

Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts: Stream Us 24/7 – Here’s Who’s Coming Up Soon! 
Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show, including:

  • 7/6 – Serona Elton – Warner Music Attorney
  • 7/13 – Brandon Martinez – IND Music/Anthony Manker – Clearbox Rights
  • 7/20 – Eric Tobin – Hopeless Records/Elyse Chamberlain – Atlantic Records

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

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