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(You can see the right side of Bianca Russo’s head. She was our Music Biz 101 & More producer for the past year and has graduated.  We miss her deeply.  Good luck to you, young lady!) 

Hello There!

You are marvelous.  Don’t forget that.

Listen Wednesday at 8PM as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show plays an interview conducted by SiriusXM’s Steve Leeds with “The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory” author John Seabrook.  This interview was pre-recorded in front of a live William Paterson University studio audience this past April. They talk about Katy Perry, Max Martin and the formula for hits in 2016.  It was supposed to air last week, but technical difficulties made it difficult technically to air it.

Meanwhile, here’s what to do when your PR campaign doesn’t work.  Did you know Apple makes money from TIDAL and Spotify?  Here’s how. Tom Brokaw, a name you should know, gives us tips on how to talk to anyone HERE.  (And be sure to scroll down to the end of the article for some great interviewing tips.)  Finally, here’s a crash course on publishing royalties.

And WP Music Biz students uploaded more than 25 new Music Biz 101 & More podcasts to iTunes and SoundCloud in May.  Click HERE to listen to some great interviews with some great peeps.

There’s also this:

On the left stands John Butler, WP ’90 alum who’s the VP or Promotion at Curb Records in Nashville.  Doc Marcone sits quietly, as he should, while your Professor David Kirk Philp poses as only he can.


Read THIS FULL NASHVILLE RECAP that gives love to our sponsors and MEIEA, which gave us a grant so students could experience the Nashville Music Biz last month.

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.

Hamilton, Inc: The Path To A $1 Billion Broadway Show
If you want to create a $1 billion Broadway show, there are two ways to go. First, get a billion dollars.  Then make a show.  (I stole that from an old Steve Martin bit about how to get $1 million and never pay taxes).  Okay, it’s more complex than that.  Click, read, and see how it worked for ‘Hamilton.’

When Classical Musicians Go Digital
How do today’s tablets help Classical musicians?  This interesting article traces the line from the invention of the erasable pencil to where we are today and how it’s changing the sound of respective performances.

Troy Carter Leaves Artist Management For Spotify
Why would the one-time manager of Lady Gaga, John Legend, Charlie Puth, and Meghan Trainor leave his company, Atom Factory, to work at Spotify?  Click on the pick for thoughts.  Or click HERE for another article about how he may help Spotify attain more exclusives for its platform.

Christine Vay Wealth Management

Managing Your Band working book cover

The Business Of Phish
A Repeat From Last Week: You NEED to read this.

If you’re not into Phish, if you’re not into the whole jam band thing, it doesn’t matter.  Read this.  You’re going to pick up a couple golden nuggets of wisdom that will make you’re life so much better by 2021.

9 Things For Artists To Check After Getting A Royalty Statement
If you want to be an artist manager, or an artist, or a business manager, or a label head, this is for you.  It’s important stuff, so click and don’t let your phone distract you as you read.

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How ‘The Blockchain’ Could Change The Music Industry
Another Repeat.  You NEED to understand this, so it’s up again.

If you haven’t heard of ‘The Blockchain’ yet, now you have.  It’s a technology based upon cryptocurrency technology that could get artists (and their management teams) paid instantly without the need for exchange rates.  Read this and, like the Instagram article, understand it.  This is one that needs multiple reads to get it.  Start getting it.

Graduating And Looking For Passion? Just Be Patient
A psychologist who studies world-class achievers says finding your passion takes time. Seek purpose, work hard and make the most of every opportunity.  Click on this, then look at the related article below.

7 Lame Reasons HR May Not Call You Back After The Interview
This is for anybody currently going out on job interviews or thinks they will soon.  Click and read and understand how these people think.

Jen Appel interview

Podcast of the Week: Jen Appel of Catalyst Publicity
Listen to this excellent interview with Jen Appel, CEO of the Catalyst Publicity Group.  Jen talks about how artists should find their story and how a publicist can help. Listeners can also learn how one can be a part of the music industry by being a publicist as well. Podcast produced by Music Management major Lisa Bremer.

John Seabrook Music Biz 101 & More

Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts: Stream Us 24/7 – Here’s Who’s Coming Up Soon! 
Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show, including:

  • 6/15 –  John Seabrook – Author & Smart Man
  • 6/22 – Jeff Cuellar – AC Entertainment/Bonnaroo
  • 6/29 – Joe Conyers III – Downtown Music Publishing/Songtrust
  • 7/6 – Serona Elton – Warner Music Attorney

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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