Music Biz 101 & More Radio Show

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Must Read(s) Of The Week:

Sponsorship Spending To Top $1.4 Billion In 2015

Want to learn a great skill that’s music-based and brings in bucks?  Learn how to figure out what companies makes sense to sponsor your cause (band, album, non-profit), how to find the right person to talk to, and how to convince them an investment in you is a good one.  Click & read this.  (Big thanks to Doc Marcone for the link!)


Must Read of the Week #2:

How Much Are People Really Reading Papers Or Listening To Radio?

Click and scroll.  You’ll see from this study (it’s all graphs and colors and fun lines!) how much we still (or just don’t) read a newspaper or listen to the radio.  It’ll show you how big Pandora may be in our lives.  And YouTube.  And…. Oh, just click.  Please. (Another bear hug to Doc Marcone for another excellent link.)

While you’re reading, how about streaming WPSC: Brave New Radio HERE.


Pic of the Week #1:

Dr. E. Michael Harrington visited WP’s Music Biz and social media classes on Thursday and talked intellectual property, copyright infringement, what one does as an expert witness, and more.  ‘Twas quite awesome.

Pic of the Week #2:

The studio board used during last week’s Music Biz 101 & More radio show.  Does it look brand new?

Pic of the Week #3:

While visiting the Warner Music Group on Friday to talk further about our WMG/William Paterson University relationship, I was shown a display for their artist merch.  Now you can see it.  Rock on.


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Our big & awesome Music Biz 101 & More radio show (the only FREE advice music business & college radio talk show in the United States) airs every:


 ** Our guest this week is Stephen Witt, author of “How Music Got Free.” **

Stephen will discuss the three interconnecting stories in his book and how they all led to the turn away from physical product to downloads and streams.  This is going to be very cool, so make sure you listen!

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Music Biz 101 & More is the only college radio-based FREE advice music & entertainment biz talk show in all of the Americas.  Hosted by William Paterson University professors Dr. Stephen Marcone and David Philp, the show airs live most Wednesdays at 8PM EST on WPSC: Brave New Radio.   

 More Stuff To Check Out:

In 2002, Verizon Offered To Pay The Music Industry $1 Per Month For Every Internet Subscriber 

Ahh, what could have been.  You should read this and make an opinion as to whether or not the labels should have done this.  The comments below are interesting too.  (Thanks to Ticketmaster’s Tom Hefter for the link!)

40 Years Of Twisted: How The Twisted Sister Brand Survives & Thrives

This is a GREAT article to read if you’re interested in making a career last a looooong time. Written by Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French, this is a candid look at a great strategy that has worked for a band that’s really only had two hit songs.  Click.  Go on.  Do it.

How To Properly Execute An Instagram Contest

Have you ever run any sort of program on Instagram other than your daily postings? Take a look at this to see how you may be able to use the #2 social media platform even more to your benefit.

How Star Wars Producer Went From Secretary To Studio Boss

We’re always looking for inspiring stories that we can learn from and for people we can emulate.  Read this well written story about Kathleen Kennedy and how she overcame a Hollywood system run by men.  Click & read & be happy.

Opera For The Masses Becomes Cash Cow For The Met 

This is great for you to read because it shows how thinking differently from what you’ve been doing for decades can reap real benefits.  Take 5 minutes and change the word “Met” to the name of whatever it is you’re trying to break. (Big thanks to Nan Guptill-Crain for the link!)

Is It The Video Or The Way We Hold Our Devices?

The NY Times recently put together a video covering the Justin Bieber/Diplo/Skrillex collaboration.  The interesting part of this is that whether you hold your device vertically or horizontally, or whether you’re watching on a mobile phone, a desktop, or a tablet, the experience is unique to that screen every time.

This is a pioneering idea, and it’s all about the user, not the maker of the video.  Read and think about how you can improve the experience of your creations for the people who’ll actually interact with them.

The Concert Hall As Refuge In a Web-Weary World

Could the idea of a concert hall as a web-free zone catch on?  That’s what this is all about.  And it’s a pretty interesting thought.  Click and think about it.  And see if you can read the whole article without stopping to text or answer an email that just popped up. (Thanks again to Nan Guptill-Crain!)

Read this and see if you can understand how this could one day affect you.

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Video: The Rocky Revival of Vinyl

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