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(WP Pop Music students celebrate after a successful Showcase last Wednesday night.  There were some great original tunes performed.  Seriously.  Hey Record & Publishing folks – you should come and experience the next one.) 


The year is winding down.  Are you ready?

Our last live Music Biz 101 & More radio show of 2016 takes place this Wednesday, December 14th at 8pm.  Our special guest will be Paul Resnikoff, the founder of Digital Music News.  We’ll do a 2016 Music Biz Year in Review.  What happened this year?  Tune in to find out.

Meanwhile, we lost another icon last week as Greg Lake, of ’70s superstar progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer died from cancer.  Keith Emerson died in March.  If you add in David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Maurice White, and the others, it’s been a tough year.  Let’s hope for a better 2017.

Also, YouTube will pay more royalties to songwriters because of THIS.  Congress passed legislation to supposedly make it easier for fans to buy concert tickets, but I don’t really understand how or what the penalties for breaking the law will be.  Click HERE and see if you can figure it out.

Oh, there’s also this:

That’s a viola.  It’s not a violin.  There are differences.  What are they?  Click HERE to find out.

Now go scroll down and click on the topics you hold dear to your heart (and then click on the other ones too).

Your Professor David Kirk Philp

Van Duyne, Bruno & Co.

Universal Film & Music Publishing President On Licensing 60 Songs For ‘Sing’
How does a film studio license songs for movies?  How much do they spend?  How do you deal with it when somebody says No?  Click, read, and understand the synch licensing biz.

Congrats To Rob Fusari For Co-Writing A U.K. Christmas Hit
What’s the song (“A Christmas We Deserve”)?  Who performed it (ABC)?  What’s it sound like (click to listen)?  How’d he get this gig (click to find out)?  And who’s Rob Fusari (click to read)?

5 Simple Ways For New Grads To Get Recruiters’ Attention
Some folks are done with school in a few weeks.  Others are done in 5 months.  Regardless, anyone in school should take a glance at this article and see how it can help them.

Women In Music Earn $20,000 Less Than Men, Study Finds
You’d think this stuff would have ended a long time ago.  But it’s still around.  Click to read more about why and where this inequity is taking place.

Christine Vay Wealth Management

Young Guru Named Chief Music Strategist, The Marketing Arm
DJ, Producer and Engineer Young Guru, who has worked with Jay Z, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and others, will now lend his services to brand management agency The Marketing Arm.  What will he do?  What’s this all about?  Click.

Pandora’s New Streaming Service
Jeez, another one?  Aren’t they a little late?  Yes to both.  If you recall, Pandora bought the assets to Rdio’s defunct streaming service last year.  Why put out another competitor to Spotify and Apple Music?  Where does this all fit in with Pandora’s strategy?  Here’s a good thought, from the article:

Pandora is now one of, if not the, most diversified music-only tech company, with a formidable advertising business, a foundational music profiling technology, a (very expensiveticketing company bolstered by reams of data about its listeners, a full-service streaming product, a much-used (78.1 million listeners monthly) radio product, and a medium-tier offering between either.

SiriusXM To Take Over Pandora?
In part II of Pandora news this week, SiriusXM may be a suitor for the online radio company.  Why do you think this would, or would not, be a fit for both?

Managing Your Band 6th Edition Book Cover (front)




How Managers Are Helping Drive Forward Artists’ Recording Careers
Interesting article that covers the plans of 6 different managers.  Artists should read this to understand deals.  Manager wannabes should read this to expand their mental palates.  Same with students of the industry.  So just click.

Global Music Rights Likens Radio To A ‘Cartel’ And Conspires To Keep Rates For Songwriters Low
This article is important for two reasons:  1)  You should know what Global Music Rights is and who runs it.  2)  You should be aware of how terrestrial radio pays songwriters (hint: it’s not direct).  I won’t spoil it.  Click and be better.

Power Lawyers 2016 – Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys
Take a look at this list.  You may need one of these folks one day.  Give a click.

TV Is Alive!  TV Is Dead!  It’s All Online!  No It’s Not!
There was a big conference in NYC last week about the future of television vs. online viewership.  Which is winning?  Where should money be spent?  Click, read, and see how nobody necessarily knows for sure.

Brave New Radio

Podcast of the Week: John Seabrook, ‘The Song Machine’ Author

Paul Resnikoff

Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts: Stream Us 24/7
Great guests are coming to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show, including:

  • 12/14 – Paul Resnikoff – Digital Music News

Tune in at 8 PM each Wednesday for some great, FREE music biz talk.


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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).  Reach him at or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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