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(Zack Smith (left) and Billy Smolen rock out to “Rosanna” at last week’s big Collage! 2017 fundraiser.  Watch them and the rest of the Rosanna Band perform March 24th with Darryl DMC McDaniels, Mark Goodman, and Rob Fusari at “I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years.”  Click on the pic for tiks!)


Hey – Our next live Music Biz 101 & More radio show this week is a replay of last week’s pretty amazing interview with Darryl McDaniels, the DMC part of Run DMC.  He spoke of Rap music’s early days.  He spoke of musical networking with guys from Blink 182, Motley Crue, and Joan Jett.  He spoke of learning and growing.  And he pumped up the March 24th show at William Paterson University in which he’ll perform with the student band who rock better than most of us combined.  Give a listen!

In the meantime, tune in to our podcasts HERE – and we’re always open to answer your tweets, so ask away.

Oh, and there’s this:

That’s Sara Schulmann and Jon Caplan singing “Rosanna” last week.  They’re nice people.  Watch them live on March 24th.  Buy tiks below:

Now 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

Coachella Lady GagaHow Coachella Gained Lady Gaga After Losing Beyonce
This is a very interesting article, for more than just the stars in the headline.  Click, read, and take a look at some of the details, such as how Beyonce had booked a block of 90 rooms for the show.  Or how long Coachella booked Beyonce to rehearse on the main stage.  There’s more, so give this a few minutes of your time.

Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey Reschedule Tour Dates – Who Cares?
That’s not a facetious question, the “Who cares?” you see above.  Because, besides fans, there are some people who care very much.  Think about all of the people who work on a tour: the band, the tour manager, the stage crews, the truck drivers, the merch vendors, the publicity people…

A tour is about more than just the headliners.  It’s about the little traveling economies that a tour supports.  When Lady Gaga cancelled a tour a few years ago because of hip surgery, the bigger deal was all of the people who lost summer work because all of the other tours already had hired their “behind the stage” personnel.

So next time you see that an artist cancelled dates, rather than just scoff that they probably couldn’t sell enough tickets, think about all of the folks who wake up scrambling for replacement gigs.  By the way, this is also where networking comes in big time.  Do you understand why?

Video Interview: PledgeMusic CEO Dominick Pandiscia
Dominick paid a visit to William Paterson University last week and gave a great talk about PledgeMusic, merch, and making money in the music industry.  To watch his full interview, just click on the pic.

The 31 Best LinkedIn Tips For Job Seekers
Big ones are including images and video, fill out your entire profile, and avoid buzzwords.  Remember who’s going to read this.  It’s not about you!  It’s about them.

What Makes A LinkedIn Profile Great?
Just click.

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Mark Goodman, Darryl McDaniels & Rob Fusari

I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years Brings The Star Power
Big show taking place at William Paterson University on Friday, March 24th at 7:30 pm.  Original MTV VJ Mark Goodman will host “I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years.”  Grammy Award winner Rob Fusari is Music Director of a rockin’ student band, which will perform 3 Run DMC classics with the “DMC” himself, Darryl McDaniels.

Click on the link for details, including ticket prices.  You’re going to this.  You probably just don’t know it yet.

“It’s Easy To Look At Label Deals With Rose-Tinted Glasses.”
Read this interview with Tobe Onwuka, manager of UK-based rapper Stormzy (pictured above).  Like Chance The Rapper, Stormzy and his team have elected to not sign with a label.  While they do have distribution with Warner’s ADA, this interview explains why they’re going about Stormzy’s career in this manner.  And how labels are still important, even if this artist is choosing the alternate route to this point.  Click.

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Data’s Importance In The Music Industry
Take a look at these interviews with people in the industry who can explain how important it is to understand the power of data in today’s biz.  Some good stuff here.  Click.

For KISS Fans: The Business Of Your Favorite Band
Listen to these interviews with KISS’s manager, merch company head, and business manager to learn how KISS thinks about their band’s business.  What kind of knowledge can you steal from here?

Everything You Need To Know About Releasing A Cover Song
Going to upload your version of “Shape of You” to YouTube this week?  Does the little voice in the back of your head wonder if you can really do this without breaking any laws?

Click and read and understand what you should really do before posting.  You’re probably not going to do this because you don’t have any money, but at least you know the risks.  What are they?  Click and read ’em.

How To Get Your Music On Pandora – And Then How To Make $$
Here’s some great stuff.  If you write and record original music (or covers too, in this case), you should make it a point to try to get it on Pandora.  But how?  Click on the pic or headline.  Then, to see how you can make money, click HERE.

See why it’s important to read this email every week?

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This Week’s Radio Show: Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

Darryl McDaniels of Run DMCMusic Biz 101 & More Podcasts: Stream Us 24/7

Our 2017 schedule looks like this:

  • March 15 – Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
  • March 22 – Mark Goodman, SiriusXM & original MTV VJ
  • March 29 – Kevin Erickson: National Organizing Director at Future of Music Coalition
  • April 5 – Tom Mullen: Sr. Director of Creative Partnerships, Sony/Legacy Recordings
  • April 12 – Mark Weiss: Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographer
  • April 19 – Jim Donio: President Music Biz Assn
  • April 26 – Todd Horn: VP Internations, ADA
  • May 3 – Melissa DeGeorge: Kobalt Music Mgr. Licensing & Royalty Admin.

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 or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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