The Music Business Association paid a visit to WPU last Tuesday night and helped MEO and the WP Music Biz program teach students about networking.  Go to Music Biz 2017 in Nashville this May and you’ll see if it worked!


Hey – Our next live Music Biz 101 & More radio show takes place this Wednesday, April 19 at 8pm.  Our special guest will be Jim Donio, President of the Music Biz Association.  He’s a wealth of music business knowledge, plus a huge reason why thousands of people go to Nashville each May for the Music Biz convention.  You should listen and also go to Nashville this May.

In the meantime, tune in to our podcasts HERE – and we’re always open to answer your tweets, so ask away.

There’s also this:

The Rotary of Wayne donated $350 to the WP Music Department for scholarships last week.  There are a few reasons why.  Click on the pic.  By the way, that’s Lisa Bremer on the left, receiving the check from Rotary President Joe Graziano (on the right).  Your Professor, David Kirk Philp, stands awkwardly in the middle, realizing he should have been anywhere but standing awkwardly in the middle of this picture.

We’re making this email shorter this week because of holidays.  There’s a ton of stuff going on.  Make sure you’re looking at, Music Business Worldwide, Digital Music News, and Music Biz 101 WP three or six times a week to keep up!

Your Professor David Kirk Philp

The Mastermind Behind Coachella
Click and read this masterpiece by our friend, the New Yorker’s John Seabrook.  We had John in last year to talk about his book, The Song Machine.  He knows the music business and can write about it with a fluidity and eloquence few can match.  Did we tell you to click?  Yeah, we’re doing it again.

Tunecore Starts Offering Artists Online Advances
This is cool.  But don’t start spending money that’s not yours.  Click, read, and understand that they aren’t giving advances to just anybody.  You still have to make some money through sales and downloads before they’ll give you an advance.  And that means you still have to work really hard.  So wake up an hour earlier each day and carpe the heck of of that diem.  You’ll be glad you did.

Managing Your Band 6th Edition Book Cover (front)




Why Alanis Morrissette’s Manager Stole $7 Million From Her
A few months ago, we linked you to an article that detailed how Alanis Morrissette’s manager stole $7 million from her over a span of years.  But why did he do it?

Click and read this.  She’s quoted at the end as basically stating she doesn’t believe it.  But read anyway.  True or not, there’s a lesson for those of you who think you can pay off all of your debts becaust that one big break is coming right around the corner.

How To Put On A Successful Music Fundraiser
Here’s an updated post from last week.  We raised over $15,000 for music scholarships on March 24th.  How?  And why did the Wayne Rotary donate $350?

Click and read.  Everything is here for you to duplicate if you ever want to put on a successful music-based fundraiser.

Music Biz 2017 Nashvillle

How Synchs & Touring Helped Journey Reach The Rock Hall
Journey was inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night.  Read this interview with their manager, John Baruck, who talks about how synch licenses (ever heard “Don’t Stop Believing”?) and consistent touring has kept the band in the public’s eye.  There are lessons here, boyz & girlz.  Learn ’em.

U2 Producer’s Other Job: Selling CDs To KFC Indonesia
I had to include this because it’s what I did for 8 years, taking recorded music and turning it into something new that could be sold, or given away, at places like Kentucky Fried Chicken.  My big scores were cereal deals (General Mills) and a cool downloading deal with Oral B (for their electric toothbrushes).

If you click on the link, you’ll read about Steve Lillywhite, who has produced U2 and the Rolling Stones, and the company he runs in Indonesia.  Their main client is KFC, which sells 500,000 CDs a month.  Why?  How?  Read this article.  It’s a great article about foreign distribution, deal making, and chicken.

3 Words By Amazon’s Jeff Bezos That Provide A Brilliant Leadership Lesson 
Whether you want to lead a band, lead a company, lead a division, or lead your family on a hike, give this quick article a click and a read.  Do you agree with what Bezos says?

Brave New Radio

Podcast of the Week: Mark Goodman, Original MTV VJ

Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts: Stream Us 24/7

Our 2017 schedule looks like this:

  • April 19 – Jim Donio: President Music Biz Assn
  • April 26 – Todd Horn: VP Internations, ADA
  • May 3 – Melissa DeGeorge: Kobalt Music Mgr. Licensing & Royalty Admin.
  • May 10 – Tony Phillips: VP of On Demand Content, WNYC

Mark those dates on your calendar; 8 PM on Wednesdays.  What do you want to know?  Who do you want to hear from?  Let us know!  The best part?  It’s FREE music biz talk.


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).  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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