Colleen Theis, COO of The Orchard, paid a visit to WPU last week as part of the 2018 Music Management Seminar Series.  She’s pictured here with Steve Leeds (far right), Doc Marcone (in the red), and Professor David The Kirk Philp.  Click on the pic to read all about what she had to say.

Your Music Biz 101 Wrap Up: Week of March 26th


This is our 200th newsletter.  What does that mean?  Probably next week’s will be 201.

Moving on…

Our next Music Biz 101 & More radio show
will be stupendous.  This Wednesday, our 8pm show will feature two guests: Music Business Organization president James Donio and Dave Revels, the leader of a capella group The Persuasions.  We pre-recorded it last week and can tell you, with honesty, sincerity, and a pinch of love, that it’s an interesting show.  You’ll hear about Donio’s 2018 Music Biz Convention, taking place in May, and what Revels did with his group when their heart & soul, Jimmy Hayes, died last year.

Stream the show HERE!

Tweet us a question about the biz whenever: @MusicBiz101wp

In the meantime, absorb the beautiful voices and stimulating conversation from every podcast we’ve done HERE.

Now keep scrolling down.  There’s more.  Including a story about a relief pitcher who ate the bull who injured his arm.  Go on now.  Scroll…

Big, if True

We can all agree that Facebook had a lousy week.  The stock price sank.  It absorbed heaps of criticism from the media, politicians, and its users.  And it allowed data, possibly YOUR data, to be manipulated during the 2016 election.

What does this have to do with music and entertainment?  Consider this equation:

Facebook  = China + 2 (United States)

According to the link at our headline above, Facebook has over 3 billion users.  Some of them make music.  Some of them upload video.  (Smell the sarcasm?)  Facebook recently signed a number of deals with major labels groups and performance rights organizations.  You’re going to quickly see it grow into one of the biggest revenue drivers of the music industry, right up there with YouTube.

That’s why you should care.  That’s what this is about.

If you click on the link, you’ll be taken to On The Media, a radio show/podcast that airs weekly in the New York market on WNYC-FM.  They dedicated yesterday’s entire show to the Facebook economy, culture, and worldwide addiction.  Listen to all four segments.  If you want to start with the one that will hook you, start with #4, Where Facebook Goes From Here, featuring an interview with Clay Shirky.  The guy is the vice provost of educational technology at NYU (being an associate provost is a big deal at a university).

Celebrate our 200th newsletter by doing something good for yourself.  Listen to this.  If you don’t self-educate, you will be passed by.  You will be taken advantage of.  You will realize I broke all the rules of proper English by ending the last two sentences with prepositions.  Do better than me.  Learn.


How The Parkland Students Got So Good at Social Media

Surprisingly, not every teenager is adept at all forms of social media.  Click and read about how the survivors and leaders of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School movement have learned how to use platforms like Twitter to help spread their message and reply to critics.

April 6th: I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Ladies


Taylor Dayne
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels
Mark Goodman (MTV)
Chris Butler (The Waitresses)
Lori Majewski (SiriusXM)
Rob Fusari (Grammy winning Music Director)

Rangers Pitcher Ate Bull Responsible For Elbow Injury

When Pitchers Attack!  Tonight on FOX.  Baseball season starts this year.  Here’s our contribution.  Let’s go Mets.

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! 


 Podcast of the Week: Alex Fletcher of Fletcher Artist Management

In this episode, Alex Fletcher, the big boss man of Fletcher Artist Management, talks about the Classical music industry. How is a manager dealing with “classical” vocalists different from a manager who deals with “mainstream” artists? Are all Classical vocalists divas? Click and listen!

Music Business Association president James Donio

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

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

  • March 28 – James Donio, President Music Biz Association/Dave Revels – The Persuasions

  • April 4 – Lori Majewski, SiriusXM

  • April 11 – Brian Sella, The Front Bottoms

  • April 18 – Liz Lewis, Warner Music Group VP, Creative Synch for Advertising & Gaming

  • April 25 – Antony Bruno, Royalty Exchange Director of Communications

  • May 2 – Jonathan Cain, Journey Keyboardist/Songwriter

Tune in at 8 PM each Wednesday for some great, FREE music biz talk.


For full details about the Music & Entertainment Industries 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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