(Joe Pomarico, left, getting his MBA in Music Management, interviews former Straight No Chaser vocalist Don Nottingham at last month’s Music Biz convention.  Click on the pic to hear the podcast.)

Hi There! 

Our next Music Biz 101 & More radio show is a brand new show, pre-recorded at Music Biz in Nashville last month.  We interview Don Nottingham, formerly of Straight No Chaser, an a-capella group with a new EP coming out on Atlantic Records and tapes and bears, oh my.

How did Don make a living in a 10-member group?  Is he a gazillionaire like Bruno or Rihanna?  We have a great discussion about how artists can make a middle class living performing music.  You should listen to the radio show or, like the pic says, just click on it and listen to the podcast.  It’s up now, just waiting for you.

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 click on the topics you hold dear to your heart.

Your Professor David Kirk Philp

The Press Release Is Dead – Use This Instead
This is a great article by Mike Butcher, Editor-At-Large for Techcrunch.  He writes a masterful piece aimed at startups (any fledgling artist or band is a startup) and how they can get coverage by the media.

It goes deep.  Think about his advice and see what can work for you.  Just remember that every situation is different.  What might work for somebody else might never, ever work for you.  But don’t be afraid to try!

Fascinating stuff. Give it a chance.  Click.

How To Be A Good Artist Manager – Watch & Read
Click on the pic or the headline to get more informed about Shep Gordon, a legendary artist manager.  The movie trailer above this hopefully gets you to stream the movie on Netflix or buy it.  It’s entertaining AND it gives you loads and loads of lessons.  If you’re a student or an executive or a musician, you MUST watch this move and read Shep’s book.  Cabeesh?

Your Professor Philp has been working on a project in which he asks artist managers and other industry personnel the same question: What is the single most important aspect of the music industry an artist manager needs to understand.

This Week’s Response: Shep Gordon

“Really depends at what stage career is…if successful GET THE MONEY”

What Your Band Can Learn From One Quote
There was a really good article in the NY Times last week about Instagram’s growth, which you can read HERE.  It featured one quote in particular that really stood out:

“I can confidently say that most of the people who’ll eventually use Instagram don’t use Instagram now.” – Kevin Systrom

What does this mean?  How can it help me?

Click and read this.  It will hopefully inspire both your head and your heart.

The galleys are in!  Now, on to production.

Street Date: June 6, 2017 (it’s been moved for the last time).  Pre-order this masterpiece HERE.


COMING This Tuesday, June 6th!


The Full Story About Bootlegged Merch
I saw this posted by our friend Dan Goldberg, of Warner Music Artist Services, on my LinkedIn newsfeed.  It’s great and worth a read.  So read it.

Even more important: How often are you using LinkedIn?  How often are you scrolling through your newsfeed and reading what your connections are posting?  How often are you posting something of relevance onto LinkedIn?

Whether you are a student or a professional, too many of us ignore the power of LinkedIn.  Let it work for you.  Make your profile great and spend more time there.  If your goal is a job in the biz, you’ll have a better chance hanging around LinkedIn than posting another picture of your dinner on another social network.  #ThisAin’tFakeNews

Click to read all about it.

Spotify Settles $43 Million Class Action Songwriter/Publisher Suit – So What?
This is important for a few reasons.  First, from Spotify’s point of view, it helps make clear the path a bit more so they can go public later in the year.  For songwriters and publishers, besides the payout, it helps push Spotify to develop a system so it can keep better track of the songs people choose to hear.

Why they didn’t do this from the beginning is another issue (and it’s cost them almost $100 million in payouts between this and another settlement with publishers).

Click, read, and understand this.  Remember – Spotify isn’t the only company streaming your songs!

Watch! Video Interview With Live Nation’s Sean Striegel
Senior VP of Booking for Live Nation, Sean Striegel, visited William Paterson University in early-May to talk about how he books acts, why he books who he books, and more.

He’s an interesting guy.  This is worth your time.


Top Music Business Schools

How To Deal With Student Debt
College graduation season has begun, which means another group of tens-of-thousands are entering the world of debt.  What are some suggestions to help them cope and deal with this?  Click!

YouTube’s Content ID: What Is It?
This ties in to our YouTube coverage above.  ContentID is a huge deal in the music biz.  You should know all about it.  Your wallet, and career, may depend upon this.

The Changing Face Of NYC’s Live Scene
Another GREAT article found through LinkedIn’s newsfeed.  This one was posted by Downtown Music’s Joe Conyers.  You really should read this if you have any interest in how artists can survive playing clubs and nursing homes (that isn’t a typo) in and around New York City.

Don’t skip this one!

Brave New Radio

Podcast of the Week: Joe Conyers III of Downtown Music & Songtrust

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

Our 2017 schedule looks like this:

  • June 7 – Don Nottingham: Formerly of Straight No Chaser
  • June 14 – John Simson/Linda Bloss-Baum: Talking SoundExchange
  • June 21 – Carl Palmer – ELP/ASIA Drummer/Bruce Pilato – Carl’s Manager
  • June 28 – David Silbaugh – Talent Buyer, SummerFest

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.

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).  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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