As part of William Paterson University’s continuing Music and Entertainment Industries Seminar series, Steve Leeds, vice president of talent and industry affairs at SiriusXM satellite radio and professor of music management at WPU, interviews Kate Hyman, executive vice president of A&R at Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG).

Recorded at William Paterson University on March 5, 2019, as part of the 2019 Music Management Seminar Series.

Discussion topics include:

– Kate’s family and career backgrounds

– The first band she signed

– Her mentors

– The ways in which women are diminished in the industry

– The appropriate use of interns at a company

– The trials and tribulations of juggling a successful career and motherhood

– BMG’s organizational culture

– What A&R is

– Advice for artists to sustain a long-lasting career

– The value of rule breaking and artistic imperfection

– How she stays abreast of musical developments

– Her involvement in the “I Am Sam” soundtrack and “Kind Heaven” album

– Joint ventures

– BMG’s reluctance to compete against other major record labels

Kate also shares personal stories about: – Madonna – 17:30 – The Cranberries – 59:55 – The Suitcase Junket – 1:12:58 – Beth Orton – 1:13:59 – The Kind Heaven Orchestra – 1:27:45 – The Orwells – 1:32:01 – Mercury Rev – 1:35:07 – Brenda K. Starr – 1:36:03 – Jeff Buckley – 1:36:40 – Moby – 1:38:15

The series, which takes place in the Martini Room of Hobart Hall, located on Pompton Road, across the street from the main William Paterson University campus, is free and open to the public.

Other 2019 guests include:

  • Marsha Vlasic, President, AGI (watch her interview HERE)
  • Debra Rathwell, SVP at AEG Live
  • Julie Swidler, Sony Music Entertainment’s EVP Business Affairs & General Counsel
  • Lisa Barbaris, Manager of Cyndi Lauper

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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