In this interview, Steve Leeds, vice president of talent and industry affairs at SiriusXM satellite radio, interviews Marsha Vlasic, president of Artist Group International. They discuss Vlasic’s career beginnings, her lengthy experience as a leading talent agent and music executive, and keys to her success. She also provides advice for aspiring music industry professionals just starting out.

Recorded at William Paterson University on February 19, 2019, as part of the 2019 Music Management Seminar Series.

The series, hosted by Steve Leeds, SiriuxXM’s VP Talent & Industry Affairs, is free and open to the public.

Other 2019 guests include:

  • Julie Swidler, Sony Music Entertainment’s EVP Business Affairs & General Counsel
  • Kate Hyman, EVP Creative at BMG Music
  • Lisa Barbaris, Manager of Cyndi Lauper

The series takes place in the Martini Room of Hobart Hall, located on Pompton Road, across the street from the main William Paterson University campus.

For information about the Music Management Seminar Series, email Dr. Steve Marcone:

For information about the WP Music Management program, click HERE.


For full details about the Music & Entertainment Industries 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 & Entertainment Industries and 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).  Your favorite professor is also co-author (with Dr. Steve Marcone) of Managing Your Band – 6th Edition.  Reach him at or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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