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Our next Music Biz 101 & More radio show is a brand new show, pre-recorded at Music Biz in Nashville last month.  We interview David Silbaugh, talent buyer for Summerfest, dubbed (by its creators) as the world’s largest music festival.  Listen on Wednesday, coincidentally the first day of Summerfest 2017.

In the meantime, listen all of our other on-demand podcasts HERE – and we’re always open to answer your tweets, so ask away.

Now scroll down and, most important, read the first article about cyber bullying.  It’s something much closer to all of us than we either know or care to admit.  And it’s something that we can all help prevent.

After that, go ahead and scroll down for those articles that make the most sense of your sensibilities.

Your Professor David Kirk Philp


How Can We Stop Cyber Bullying?

If you’re reading this, you are either:

A)  A music industry person with kids or can imagine becoming a parent in the near future
B)  A college student who uses social media
C)  An educator

This article is relevant to all of us.  Is it related to music/entertainment?  Not really.  But it’s related to us.  This beautiful 12-year old girl committed suicide two weeks ago as a result of cyber bulling. Could this have been prevented?  We aren’t talking about a lone case.

This happens more often than you’d think.

According to advocacy group Stand For The Silent, 55,000 children have taken their lives over the past 7 years from this cause; 8,000 per year, 22 per day.

We can stop this.  Parents can pay more attention.  Users of social media can stop hiding behind their screens and consciously be kinder.  Educators can follow their students and talk about this with students.  And we can all become more engaged.  If we see someone else getting bullied or if we see others bullying, we must intervene.

We can’t be scared.  We can’t be lazy.  This article and this child’s death may save a life in the future because now we know.  Or now we know more.  Don’t allow those statistics to grow.  Help solve the problem.  Help save a life.

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What is the single most important aspect of the music industry an artist manager needs to understand?

This Week’s Response: Thomas Leavens, Music Business Attorney

” I think the most important aspect of the music industry that an artist manager needs to understand is how to find value in the transactions that the manager handles on behalf of the artist. Value is not just a matter of metrics – how many dollars, the royalty rate, or the number of anything.

“Value can be found in strategic relationships, data, market sculpting, control, reversions, and other matters that metrics don’t measure. Each transaction has its own value to be parsed out, and recognizing where the value lies in the transaction and how it can be maximized for the benefit of the artist (or when to walk away when there is no value) is the most important function that a manager must understand and perform.”

Podcast of the Week: Legendary Drummer Carl Palmer

Doc Marcone considers this one of our best interviews ever for the Music Biz 101 & More radio show.  Here’s a 70+ year old guy (referring to Palmer) with more energy than most people reading this.  He’s got stories about how the music business has evolved, and the best part is they’re interesting.  

Click and give this one a listen.  

The podcast is longer than last week’s radio show, so you get more for your money (even though it’s free).  Tell us what you think!

Band Gets A Bunch Of Money – What Do They Do?
I spoke to somebody last week whose band came across a nice chunk of money.  They were told to make their album.  Should they?  Click for more.

How Logos Became The Most Important Quarter-Inch In Business
Logos are more than just for billboards today.  A logo has to work for that, sure, and magazine print and blog posts.  But what about the tiny thumbnail avatars used on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others?  Does your logo pass the quarter-inch (or less) test?

An interesting point:

“Starbucks’ most recent redesign, in 2011, dropped all words from its logo in favor of a more stylized version of its long-standing mermaid figure; in theory, that frees the mark up to work more easily anywhere in the world—customers don’t need to be able to read Western letters—with associations no longer limited to coffee. ”

Click for more.

How Film’s Top Composers Push Past Constraints Of On-Demand Creativity
Here.  Write something like this.  And make it great.  Make it different.  But make it like that other thing.  You have 20 minutes.

A worthy line:

“When you’re a film composer, part of the gig is you’re giving the director and the producers the music they want. But at the end of the day, if they don’t like it, it’s not in the movie.”


Artist Manager Interview: The Who’s Bill Curbishly
This is a very interesting interview with Bill Curbishly, who’s managed The Who for decades.  He also managed Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, separately.  There are some great stories and some great lessons in here.

The best line:

“Money is a transitory thing. It’s a very short distance from driving the limousine and sitting in the back of it – one does well to remember that. Money is a transitory thing. It’s a very short distance from driving the limousine and sitting in the back of it – one does well to remember that.”

Click for more.

How To Be A Great Music Supervisor
Read this very interesting interview with Zach Cowie, the music supervisor for the Netflix show Master Of None.  Here’s a great music industry job for you.  Think it’s easy?  Think again.

The best line:

“Many of the greatest things we’ll ever see or hear have already happened and it’s a tool that will help you if you know that stuff. It also keeps you from possibly being redundant too. I’m a big believer that to achieve new now is just to combine two things that haven’t been combined before, and the more things you can reference, the quicker you can get to those places.”


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

Our 2017 schedule looks like this:

June 28 – David Silbaugh – Talent Buyer, SummerFest

July 5 – Grover Biery – Head of Streaming for Concord/Heather Ellis – Manager, Artist Marketing at Pandora

July 12 – Steve-O Robertson – VP A&R at Atlantic Records

July 19 – Billy Fields – VP Sales at WEA

July 26 – Katelyn Drozd – Director, Talent Acquisition at Warner Music Group

August 2 – Alix Kram – Warner Music Artist Services/SaulPaul – Artist With A Message

August 9 – Charity Lomax – Tour Manager for the Eagles, Christina Aguilera

August 16 – Peter Jenner – Former Manager for Pink Floyd and The Clash

August 23 – James Stewart – Director of Marketing at em.CO (Tim McGraw’s management company)

August 30 – Caylnn Green – Warner Chappell Songwriter

September 6 – Brian Schechter – Former Manager My Chemical Romance/Current Manager Palisades

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.

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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).  Your favorite professor is also co-author (with Dr. Steve Marcone) of Managing Your Band – 6th Edition.  Reach him at PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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