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Music Business Association president James Donio
Music Business Association president James Donio joined Music Biz 101 & More on May 6, 2015. And it was stupendous!

Music Biz 101 & More is the only FREE advice talk show in America broadcast & podcast on college radio 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 each Wednesday at 8pm on WPSC-FM, Brave New Radio.

Music Business Association President James Donio – Music Biz 101 & More: The Podcast

In this episode of the Music Biz 101 & More radio show, Music Business Association president James Donio talks about the state of music retail in the United States, why and how his organization changed its name and focus from NARM, issues surrounding a universal streetdate for new releases, and much, much more.  

But first…


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If not, we get going right away with introductions of producer Phillip Gorokhovsky and student co-host Geneva Gamblin (Gee-Star when she broadcasts her radio show on Brave New Radio).  At 8:22, Jim Donio (we call him Jim but you can call him James), calls in and Doc Marcone asks why the Music Business Association changed its name from NARM to its current name.

Jim talks about the whole “branding transition” at 11:22, including how the “M” in NARM never stood for “music.”  

We wanted to be very clear the visual identity was focused on the M and that the M stood for music.

At 13 minutes, Jim talks about the various stakeholders in the Music Business Association, including startups and app developers.

At 16 minutes in, Steve Marcone asks about the differences between the NAMM trade association and the Music Business Association.  

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Jim Donio called in, so the big photo-op included Geneva Gamblin and Dr. Stephen Marcone (front) and producer Phillip Gorokhovsky and Professor David Philp (back).

Marcone talks about the “dicey subjects” the Music Business Association hasn’t been afraid to take on at 18 minutes.  President Donio goes on to talk about the various groups the Music Business Association works with to improve the climate for music in the United States.  This leads to Jim’s description of the yearly convention, which took place in Nashville in 2015.

At 29 minutes in, Marcone asks about how the industry was able to recover after The Great Recession.

Philp introduces Geneva Gamblin to Jim at 33 minutes in.  Geneva goes on to read the first tweet of the night.

 Philp asks about the Music Business Association’s independent retail membership at 36 minutes in. The next tweet is read at 38 minutes in.

Geneva reads our next tweet 39 minutes into this excellent interview:

At 41:47, your Professor Philp asks about the universal streetdate (global release date) issue, including what a universal streetdate is, who made the decision, and what it means for music retail. At about the 50-minute mark, Geneva Gamblin reads our last tweet of the night:

We thank Jim at 52 minutes in and take a quick break.  Listen to a net commercial for the show you’re listening too.  See what we did?


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Right after, Philp and Marcone wrap up the show and praise James Donio for being a wonderful guest.

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Below is a list of our other Music Biz 101 & More podcasts.  Click HERE to listen and get great at what you want to do!

  • Steve Leeds – Sirius/XM Radio
  • Karl Guthrie – Entertainment Attorney Extraordinaire
  • Dr. Rob Quicke – Founder of World College Radio Day
  • Dr. E. Michael Harrington – Copyright/Intellectual Property Expert
  • George Dassinger – PR Guru (that means Expert)
  • Aaron Van Duyne – Business Manager for KISS, Dave Matthews Band, and more
  • Harvey Leeds – Personal Manager for Southside Johnny
  • Elena Lanza – Independent Dance Radio Consultant

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  • Dr. Dave Demsey – Coordinator Jazz Studies Program, William Paterson University
  • Paul Sinclair – Head of Digital Strategy, Marketing, eCommerce, and Product Development at Atlantic Records
  • Jane Stein – Performing Arts Presenter, William Paterson University
  • Sean Gilday & Rachel Hill – Agents, Blue Raven Entertainment
  • Wayne Chernin – Island & Republic Records
  • Steve Corbin – WEA & Lupo Entertainment
  • Dave Lory – Jeff Buckley/Courtney Love Manager
  • Chris Henderson – Guitarist for 3 Doors Down
  • Frank Robbins – Guitar Tech/Hall & Oates and moe.
  • Howard Freeman – Executive Producer Quick Chek NJ Festival of Ballooning & Rock, Ribs, & Ridges Festival
  • Chris Butler – Songwriter/Guitarist for The Waitresses & Tin Huey
  • Ron Bienstock – Music Business Attorney
  • Rob Fusari – 2-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer
  • Al Cohen – Founder, ACM Records
  • Jim Neglia – Personnel Manager, NJ Symphony Orchestra
  • Lauren Marsh – Independent Artist
  • Rosie Lopez – President, Tommy Boy Entertainment
  • Adam Kornfeld – Booking/Talent Agent, AGI (Artist Group International)
  • Harry Weinger – Universal Music Enterprises & 2-time Grammy winner

To read recaps and listen to every Music Biz 101 & More show, just click HERE.

Thanks for listening and, as always, Adios!


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