Music Biz 2016 Nashville
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Marla Cassenti, right, co-hosting a recent Music Biz 101 & More radio show. Dr. Steve Marcone listens intently to a guest and ignores the camera aiming in his general direction.

William Paterson Music Biz Students Head To Nashville

Learning, Networking & Recording Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts On Tap

New Jersey – This weekend, twenty William Paterson University Music Management majors and minors will fly out from their home bases and descend on Nashville, Tennessee for the 2016 Music Biz conference/convention.  The trip, sponsored in part by a MEIEA grant and two sponsors, White Hat Management/Van Duyne, Bruno, & Co. and Vay Wealth Management, will be led by WP professors Dr. Stephen “Steve” Marcone and David Kirk “David Kirk” Philp.

Music Biz 2016 Nashville

There are various purposes for the trip.  Students will gain experience in networking, selling ideas, researching, interviewing, editing, and marketing.  The Music Biz 101 & More radio show/podcast, hosted by Marcone and Philp, will have an additional 20 original shows produced by WP students.

Every Wednesday at 8PM, your Music Biz 101 & More radio show interviews personnel from the music and entertainment business. Guests have included industry legends like manager Doc McGee (KISS, Bon Jovi) and concert promoter John Scher.  In addition, interviews have been conducted with label presidents, heads of marketing, CEOs, data experts, and more.

Before leaving for Nashville, students (both undergraduate and graduate) completed four preparation classes in which they learned about how to make pitches (hint: it’s not about you), how to find contact information on targets, how to stay organized, how to “tie down” someone who has said yes (admit it, you’ve said yes to something, slept on it, and awakened the next morning thinking no), and how to research individuals in advance of an interview.

Upon returning from Nashville, students will use free Audacity editing software in order to finalize their interviews and turn them into 55-minute radio shows and podcasts.  The students will also market their shows through blog posts and social media platforms.

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Emily Case, another Nashville-bound student, smiles during a recent Music Biz 101 &  More radio show. Marcone remains serious while Professor Philp makes sure Emily gets her fair share of fame.

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“I’m excited,” said Lisa Bremer, who just completed her sophomore year.

Students have arranged interviews with individuals from:

  • Pledge Music
  • Hopeless Records
  • CD Baby
  • Downtown Music Publishing
  • RIAA
  • Indiehitmaker
  • AC Entertainment

And more!

Stay tuned to this space for updates.  And tune in at 8 PM HERE each Wednesday for some great, FREE music biz talk, only on Brave New Radio: WPSC.  You can access podcasts of past episodes HERE.


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 or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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