How weird is it to see one of your ex-students leave the table so people can take selfies with him because he’s kind of famous?  Really weird.  This is Zach Matari, of Zach Matari & The After Parti.  People really like him.  Maybe one day, you will too.

Our next Music Biz 101 & More radio show
will be this Wednesday, June 27th.  Our 8pm show will feature Heather Trussell Butsch, Sr. VP at Memory Lane Music Publishing.  If you know nothing about publishing, or you could use a refresher, this is a great show for you.

This interview was recorded in Nashville last month, so we know what happens in it.  Thus, henceforth and hitherto, somebody like you should give a listen.

Stream the show live on Wednesday HERE!

Meanwhile, check out the song above.  Your writer, Professor David Kirk Philp, was driving in the car, liked a song on the radio, and asked his sweet, kind daughter, Delaney “DelFuego” Kirk Philp, to Shazam a track on the radio.  Long story longer, the song was by the band one of the elder Philp’s students, A Boy Named John.  It’s a good song.  Give it a listen, just for fun.

Meanwhile, our Twitter account stays alive and active.  Have a question about anything?  Tweet us: @MusicBiz101wp

Keep scrolling down.  There’s more great stuff below.

Your Professor David Kirk Philp

Managing Your Band – 6th Edition is out!  Did you buy it?!?

40% discount.  Hurry! 


A Publisher Funding Non-Publishing Stuff?

Here’s an interesting story of Downtown Music Publishing funding the marketing of an album that features an artist signed to a rival publisher.  Why would they do this?  How did it take place?  It boils down to this:

“The marketing, which is usually overseen by a record company, is being funded by Downtown, a publishing company that has no label-services wing. But Downtown isn’t taking that risk to placate one of its staff writers. Silvas is signed to BMG Music Publishing; thus Downtown is essentially stepping into a role that is not part of its day-to-day business to finance a product for an artist affiliated with one of its rivals.”

Here’s how it happened: “Downtown Nashville senior vp A&R Steve Markland led the charge after Lucie Silvas’ Los Angeles-based manager, Storefront Entertainment president/founder Jon Leshay, sent him a link to E.G.O. Markland thought it was a Grammy-quality project and became obsessed.”

Click HERE or on the pic to find out more.  Does this open your mind up a bit as to how to work with other people to find success?

Is Spotify Playing Fair With Its Data?

According to Dr. Richard Burgess, CEO of A2IM (the major trade association which represents independent labels), Spotify does not play fair with the data it holds on the artists streamed through its platform.

What are we talking about?

If you’ve been following the headlines, there’s a hub-bub going on over Spotify’s announcement that it may/will start signing direct deals with artists and managers.  There’s a lot to this announcement (click on the link we just gave you to absorb some ramifications).

One point, in particular, that our friend Dr. Richard wants to make is that Spotify sees data on artists before anyone else.  It can see how quickly a song is taking off, before other “competition” to sign the respective artist sees the specific data around that song.  Thus, Spotify has a competitive advantage and can make contact (and maybe an offer) to that artist before another independent label.

A2IM represents indie labels, not Spotify, Burgess is in a position to make a stink about this.  It’s not fair, he’s right.  But…

If I were Spotify, I could argue this – “The world is not fair.  Create your own streaming platform and do the same thing we’re going to do.  You could have.  You didn’t.  We did.  So we’re taking advantage.  It’s not illegal.  It’s just not fair.”

This comes from the article: “Burgess’ comments underscored how indie and major labels alike ultimately have little control over distribution, in the sense that they lean heavily on streaming services to provide the consumption and engagement data they need to serve their artists effectively and make smarter business decisions. In turn, these services can arbitrarily pick and choose what data to show to — and hide from — content suppliers and rights holders.”

There aren’t really “sides” to this issue.  There’s just a reality.  Spotify is the leading streaming service around the world.  It is generating billions of dollars for labels and distributors (some of that trickles down to artists, but that’s a whole other discussion).  When your main “customer” also becomes a competitor, things can get foggy.  Things can get more complex.  The message for labels, and indie artists acting as their own labels, is to keep their eyes open and push themselves even harder.  Maybe some can beat Spotify to the punch.

Lessons From Scooter Braun, Pt. I

Note: This is a repeat because you should be listening to this instead of music or Netflix or other hedonistic binges.  It’s good, so we’re pushing it on you again.

We keep hammering home about the great interview we have with Scooter Braun, entrepreneur and music manager of Justin Beiber, Tori Kelly, Ariana Grande, and many more (listen to it HERE).

After repeated listens, it’s clear that there are some great lessons in there for anyone associated with the music business.  Scooter talks about how he approaches business deals.  He talks about confronting blowhards who try to intimidate.  He talks about how to overcome getting fired.

Click HERE and read his musings on these topics and more.  We’ll come up with a Part II in the near future.

Other Good Reads

Jay-Z is following in his wife’s and sister-in-law’s footsteps (Rihanna’s too) by teaming up with the sneaker brand Puma to increase sales and status in the basketball sneaker world.  (FYI – He and his wife, Beyonce, put out a surprise album last week.  HERE are 7 life lessons from the record.)

The two girls above are a couple of young composers who recently had their works performed by the NY Philharmonic.  Why?  Click HERE to find out.CD Baby’s DIY Musician blog features a video about 10 Data Points Every Musician Should Check Every Day.  Musician or not, you should be familiar with all of this.  Data is central to today’s music biz.  Don’t shy away.  Dig in.Read THIS INTERVIEW with Ben Mawson & Ed Millett, two founders of Tap Management, the firm that manages Lana Del Ray, Dua Lipa, and more.  Interesting stuff.

The end.

Music Biz 101 & More Radio Shows: Here’s Who’s Coming Up Soon! 

Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show.

  • June 13 – Florida Georgia Line manager, Seth England

  • June 20 – UMG College Marketing kings, Todd Goodwin & Frank Hill

  • June 27 – Memory Lane Music Group Sr VP, Heather Trussell Butsch

  • July 4 – Dream Hotel Group VP Brand Activation, Rohit Anand 

  • July 11 – Music Biz 101 & More Live in Nashville!

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 & Entertainment Industries and 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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