2016-2017 MEO eBoard

(Look!  It’s the eBoard of WP’s MEO [Music & Entertainment Organization]!  You’ve got, from L to R: Emily Case, Bianca Russo, Fatima Diakite, Joelle Filippi, Professor David Kirk Philp.) 


What have you been up to?

Listen this Wednesday at 8PM as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show plays an interview led by WP Music Management student Samantha Shank with Joe Conyers III, VP of Technology at Downtown Music Publishing and VP of Songtrust. We talk about paying songwriters, blockchain, Imogen Heap, 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, Adele’s 25 is on Spotify.  This Short Video about D’Addario shows not just how strings are made for musical instruments, but how the company stays relevant in front of their competition.  Here are 20 Hard Lessons to learn before 30.  HBO cancelled Season 2 of Vinyl after they had already renewed it.  Ouch.  Oh, and Led Zeppelin won its copyright infringement case.  Here are the trial’s 10 Weirdest Moments.

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.

Miranda Sings Leads The Way For Digital Stars Leaping To TV
To me, YouTubers are very similar to indie music artists (some YouTubers are indie music artists).  To the non-music YouTubers, the goal is a TV show of their own.  Old media wins.  Can we say the same about music?  Reply and let us know.

The 186 Artists Fighting The YouTube-Shielding DMCA
Link and description thanks to Tom Hefter, Senior Marketing Services Specialist – National Tours at Ticketmaster: “The DMCA laws should be addressed, but why should we punish Google for tapping into a revenue stream?

“The way we pay artists needs to be updated. While it may be 2016, the business model for artists is stuck in the 80s. Why not pay artists like movie stars/directors or even sports stars?

“Upfront payments, and if you hit your goal you get a cut of the profits. Music isn’t the product….the artist is the product. Music is just a part of the marketing tool to promote the artist.”

Watch this video, produced by the New York Times, which covers the ascent, and fall, of Napster.  It goes on to show how it isn’t just music that has had to evolve since the debut of this service.  Click!  It’s only 12-minutes.

Social Media: 10 Things Accountants Should Never Do
My social media friend David Deutsch sent this out in his weekly newsletter (which goes out to, yes, many accountants).  But – substitute the word “Bands” or “Artists” for “Accountants” and you can read this without feeling it’s not for you.  Because it is.  The Dos and Don’ts of social media are the same for everybody.

Give it a click.

Joe Conyers III Named 2016 Billboard Digital Power Player
And Joe is the featured guest on Wednesday’s Music Biz 101 & More radio show.  Stream it HERE at 8pm.  Or, if you must, 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

Big Money News From SoundExchange, Merlin, and Tunecore
SoundExchange, Merlin, and Tunecore each announced payout figures to their constituents last week.  The SX number was considered good, but growth has slowed.  The Merlin numbers, which you can read about HERE, were better.  (You should click if you don’t know or remember what Merlin is.)

The Tunecore number is considered, at least by Digital Music News, to be very good, mainly because a large amount of that number is coming from YouTube (refer to the article above).

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

Warner Launches Artist Services Division Led By Matt Young
Congratulations to our friend, Matt Young, on this exciting announcement.  As an aside, Doc Marcone and your Professor David Kirk Philp are heading into WMG in a couple of weeks to interview Matt and Dan Goldberg, SVP Warner Music Artist Services, for a future radio show (both guys spoke on campus in the winter).

What will Matt’s new division do?  Here’s what the press release says: “The division will offer a suite of ancillary rights services for recording artists, encompassing direct-to-fan e-commerce, fan-clubs, website design, ticketing, merchandising, marketing, account management, and data research & analysis.”

Click HERE to see their website for more details.

The Business And Creativity of Video Game Scoring
To be clear, “scoring” above means composing music for games, not how many points you achieved in Pac Man.  Now, the video game biz is thriving.  Many of you play them.  Do you think about the music you hear?  Do you wonder how it’s created and how it changes as the game progresses?  Click to learn a little bit more.

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.

Joe Conyers Music Biz 101 & More podcast

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:

  • 6/29 – Joe Conyers III – Downtown Music Publishing/Songtrust
  • 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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