Xander Marx

(On a trip to the Music & Entertainment Educator’s Association conference in Washington D.C. your Professor David Kirk Philp noticed he was standing next to the headquarters or NPR.  This organization breaks artists.  Don’t discount NPR when thinking about radio.)

Your Music Biz 101 Wrap Up: Week Of April 4th

Good Day!

It was another interesting week in the music & entertainment biz.  We learned that Justin Timberlake is getting sued by Cirque Du Soleil.  It was reaffirmed that our United States of America is only one of 4 countries that do not pay performing artists and labels when their songs are played on the radio.  And recording artist Brandy is suing her label, which is owned by an employee of Epic Records, which also distributes the label.

Listen Wednesday at 8PM as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show interviews legendary concert promoter John Scher.  We’ll talk about how concert promotion works from a macro and micro level, why he never sold out to Live Nation, and more.  Listen live or wait for the podcast, coming in about two weeks.

Below, we focus on a revealing interview with Peter Mensch and Cliff Burnstein of Q Prime Management.  You get access to a great NY Times article about how the Golden State Warriors NBA team was constructed from an organizational aspect.  We see an article that explains the booking agent world a lAnd more!

Finally, look at this image below:

That’s Dr. Richard James Burgess, the CEO of A2IM, an advocacy group for over 350 independent labels (did you realize Taylor Swift and Adele are on indie labels?).  Burgess spoke at last week’s MEIEA conference in Washington D.C.  And guess what?  He was also the drummer for the Buggles.  Remember “Video Killed The Radio Star”?  That was him on the skins.  Watch the video HERE.

Now go scroll down and click on what interests you the most.


Van Duyne, Bruno & Co.

Your Music Biz 101 Wrap Up: Week Of April 4th

Managing Metallica, Jimmy Page, and Staying On Top For 33 Years
You should click and read this one because it’s all about artist management and thinking creatively.  This interview with Peter Mensch and Cliff Burnstein is a must read.  Do it!

What Happened When Venture Capitalists Took Over The Golden State Warriors?
Here’s another article about thinking creatively, being different, and applying lessons from other areas to areas of interest to you.  Pretend, as you read, that the Warriors are a band and you’re they’re manager.  What can you learn from this?

2016 WP Music Management Seminar Lecture Series

Author Stephen Witt visits William Paterson University this Tuesday at 8PM to talk about his book How Music Got Free…  It’s a great account of how the internet age disrupted the music industry and led to the most rampant piracy in biz hisDon’t miss it!  This event is FREE and open to the public.

Music Biz 2016 Nashville

ICM Promotes Two – Why You Should Care
Do you know what ICM is?  If not, you should.  Seriously.  You know the Big 3 label groups.  You may know some of the top publishers.  But do you have any idea how the big booking agencies work?  Read this short article and you’ll be 10 steps further ahead than you were a minute ago.

Vay Financial

Managing Your Band working book cover

SoundCloud Is A Go
SoundCloud announced their new streaming service last week.  It will cost $9.99 per month to subscribe on Android devices and $12.99 for iPhones.  Why does SoundCloud think they can take on Apple Music or Spotify and Tidal?  Read THIS.

What The Music Industry Could Learn From 1920s RCA 
Interesting article.  Thanks to Steve Leeds for the link!  Check out his blog HERE for some great reads about the biz.

A key takeaway:  “The RCA model is still the right one for the music industry. The major record labels should invest in building their own tech, instead of living off the crumbs from Apple and Google’s table. And they should create technology platforms that are designed with the primary goal of showcasing artistry in the best way possible.”

Xander Marx

This is a ring.  It’s owned by WP Pop student Xander Marx.  Pretty cool, huh?

Promoter John Scher Interview

Music Biz 101 & More This Week: Legendary Concert Promoter John Scher
Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show, including:

  • 4/6 – John Scher – Legendary Concert Promoter
  • 4/13 – Summer of Love (Glen Burtnik, Tony Pallagrossi, Rich Russo)
  • 4/20 – Rob Fusari – 2x Grammy Winner
  • 4/27 – Todd Glassman – Epic Records Head of Promotions
  • 5/4 – Brad Prendergast – SoundExchange Senior Counsel, Licensing & Enforcement

And more that we can’t announce just yet.  Tune in at 8 PM each Wednesday for some great, 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).  Reach him at PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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