Steve Marcone Jam Factory Hall of Fame award

(Mike Easterlin, president of both Roadrunner Records and Fueled By Ramen, spoke for two hours to 50 Music Management & Pop Music Students last Wednesday.  They say hello.) (Shout It Out Loud author and Managing Editor of The Aquarian Weekly spoke to Pop Music students last week about journalism and the life of a writer.)

We learned this week that there’s money in the Christian Music business.  We found out that the more Spotify steers us into the future, the more they dip into the old school.  Oh, and L.A. Reid is coming to William Paterson on Tuesday night.

Listen Wednesday as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show interviews Doc McGee, who’s managed everyone from James Brown and Diana Ross to Bon Jovi and KISS (thanks to Aaron Van Duyne for his help with this one!).  It’ll be very cool.

Also, note that other great guests are on the way soon, from legendary concert promoter John Scher to two-time Grammy Award winning WP grad Rob Fusari.

Below, we focus on the Country music festival business, Live Nation’s foothold in artist management, Sony’s search for a global playlist head, and more.

Finally, look at this image below:

This is the duo of Zack & Kristina.  They’re two William Paterson Pop Music students playing in the lobby before and during intermission of Led Zeppelin tribute band Kashmir’s show next Saturday at the Shea Center for Performing Arts in Wayne.

Click on the pic to see a cool promotional video they put together to let people know.

All this and more, so scroll down and click on what interests you the most.


Music Biz 2016 Nashville

Your Music Biz 101 Wrap Up: Week Of March 7th

2016 WP Music Management Seminar Lecture Series

Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid will speak at William Paterson University’s 2016 Music Management Seminar Lecture Series on Tuesday night at 8:00.  He’ll discuss his career and his new book.  He also just signed J-Lo.  Maybe he’ll talk about that.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

Also, Barry Weiss has been rescheduled to March 29th.  Throw that on your calendars.

Van Duyne, Bruno & Co.

Is The Country Festival Business Beyond Its Peak?
If you’re interested in the festival business, click & read this article.  It is specific to Country music, but gives a good overall background into how festivals are booked.

This is also a timely read since TomorrowWorld 2016 was cancelled this week and there’s “miscommunication” about a festival in the U.K.

WP Music Biz Resume & Internship Workshop

This is a ZERO CASH event (it’s free)!  Come to William Paterson at 3:30 pm on Tuesday to discuss strategies to find the right internship opportunities, nail the interview, and make the proper resume.  Shea #101.

We’ll have special guest Kari Keller, an MBA in Music Management grad (’15) who had 4 internships and now works for Sony Music, talk about her experiences.  Go!

‘Managers Should Make Decisions Based Upon Reason, Logic – And Knowing Their Artist’
Here’s a pretty good interview with Jamie Osborne, the manager of The 1975.  He talks about working with the band and how he got his start.  Give it a click and a chance.

Christine Vay Wealth Management

Sony Music Is Looking For A Global Playlist Strategy Boss
More proof that streaming ain’t going anywhere.  If you have the chops to curate and promote playlists, there may be a future for you.  Click and read this short article.

Over 350 Artists Now Managed By Live Nation Companies
At the end of 2014, Live Nation owned management companies, or had a stake in them, which was responsible for the careers of 280 artists.  At the end of 2015, that number had risen to 350 artists.  Live Nation doesn’t just own venues and isn’t just a promoter.  They’re much more.

Click and read about one of the biggest music companies in the universe.

Rob Fusari Single Don't Let Love Down




Steve Marcone Jam Factory Hall of Fame awardHere’s a look at the Hall of Fame hardware our friend Dr. Steve Marcone received last week from playing trumpet in Jam Factory.  Click HERE to read what this is all about.

Doc McGhee Music Biz 101 & More

Music Biz 101 & More This Week: Legendary Band Manager Doc McGhee
Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show, including:

  • 3/9 – Doc McGhee – Legendary Artist Manager; President, McGhee Entertainment
  • 4/6 – John Scher – Legendary Concert Promoter
  • 4/13 – Summer of Love (Glen Burtnik, Tony Pallagrossi, Rich Russo)
  • 4/20 – Rob Fusari – 2x Grammy Winner

And more that we can’t announce just yet.  Tune in at 8 PM each Wednesday for some great, 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).  Reach him at or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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