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What is the single most important aspect of the music industry an artist manager needs to understand?

Chris Hufford – Courtyard Management/Radiohead

He said, “Human beings.”

I replied: Do you mean that your artists are human beings? That the fans are human beings? That everyone in the industry is a human being who has egos and flaws and passions and frailties?

Then he said, “Exactly…… is the manager…….& trying to understand/work with one’s own issues is equally important.  The potential for human/human interaction to fuck up cos of misunderstanding/miscommunication/jealousy/greed/laziness/over-striving/just even daft body language/etc/etc is always there!!!”


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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).  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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