After a big Pop Music showcase last week, the William Paterson University students/musicians wanted to point to you and say hello.  Some are graduating and ready for bigger things, so they’re saying Adios as well.  They’ll miss you.

Our next Music Biz 101 & More radio show
will be this Wednesday, May 2nd.  Our 8pm show will feature Selim Bouab, SVP of A&R for 300 Entertainment.

He’s responsible for signing artists to one of the most successful independent labels of the last decade.

What would you want to know from somebody who has one of these jobs?  Most people who’ve ever heard a song (that’s, like, all of us) think they could be an A&R person.  “I can do that,” we all say.  But not all of us can do that.  What does an A&R person in 2018 do?  What’s the mix between looking at number of Instagram followers, counting the SoundCloud streams, watching whomever perform live and liking the music?

Specifically, how is 300 Entertainment different from any other label?  Why would I, as an artist, want to sign with 300?

Good questions, right?  You bet.  You have any?  Tweet us a question about the biz whenever: @MusicBiz101wp

Stream the show live on Wednesday HERE!

Keep scrolling down.  There’s more great stuff below.

Your Professor David Kirk Philp

An Interview With Mountain Jam Founder Gary Chetkof 

No, you’ve probably never heard of this person.  But that’s probably more reason to click and read this.

The interview was found at, which is not a site that you’d expect with a name like that.  They don’t focus on Kardashian-type celebrities at this site.  It’s a hard-core music business site with a lean toward the live side.  They feature interviews with agents and promoters and focus heavily on venues.

Considering how the live business brings in so much more revenue than recorded music, it’s surprising how much of the focus of the DIY music world still seems to be on getting a label deal and maximizing streams on SoundCloud and Spotify.  Those things are important, yes, but why not spend as much time learning who the important promoters are, nationally and regionally, and who the important agents are?  If you follow the money, you’ll want to know those pieces of information.

So, that brings us to this interview with Gary Chetkof, who’s based in the Catskill region of New York and runs two festivals, Mountain Jam and Taste of Country.  The festivals run consecutive weeks.  In the same location.  Huh?  How can he do that without cannibalizing one or the other?  Ahh, the answers are here.  As well as the radio station he owns, the trademark fights he’s held, the recovery time needed after the sprint of running the big festival, and more.

If you’re interested in the guts of the festival world, this interview is for you.  Click.

Managing Your Band – 6th Edition is out!  Did you buy it?!?

40% discount.  Hurry! 


The Rise of Artist Curated Festivals

Everyone should read this because it explains how some artists are taking control of where they play and when they play.  It’s about creating your own destiny.  Here’s a good quote:”Eaux Claires continues to reconfigure itself each year, revealing how artist-curated festivals arguably have more flexibility. While they have investors and backers like any major-name festival, they are also driven by a vision that does not solely revolve around a bottom line. Each subsequent version of Eaux Claires has integrated feedback in an attempt to improve user experience.”

Eaux Claires is based in Eaux Claire, Wisconsin and run in part by Justin Vernon, a member of the band Bon Iver.

Rather than go deep here, you should click and read and take the deep diver yourself.  You’ll be surprised at how you may be able to replicate this on your own, even if it’s in your own hometown.

Do it.

Other Good Reads

From L to R: Marcone, 300 Entertainment’s Mark Robinson, Steve Leeds, Philp.

Want to learn more about 300 Entertainment before our Wednesday interview?  Click HERE and watch an interview with their SVP of Business & Legal Affairs, Mark Robinson.  He paid a visit to the WPU Music Biz program on the last Tuesday in April as part of the 2018 Music Management Seminar Series. Here’s a pretty picture from that visit.

Meanwhile, Larry Mestel, CEO of Primary Wave Music, talked to WP students on April 3rd at that very same 2018 Seminar Series.  Click HERE to watch what he had to say.  It’s all about marketing his catalog of publishing, which you don’t think much about.  You’re guaranteed to learn something from this, so watch.  Oh, and another pretty picture sits below this sentence for you to enjoy.

From L to R: Primary Wave’s Larry Mestel, Marcone, Leeds, Philp with stubble.

In last week’s Music Biz update, we wrote about the Music Modernization Act and how it’s sort of half-ass.  Hypebot picked it up and you can read their take HERE.  Give it a quick read and click on the links inside.  We got a call from a big attorney from SiriusXM to talk about it, so she thought it was a good read. That means you’ll love it too.

Finally, Steve Leeds found THIS ARTICLE about legendary “record man” Seymour Stein, the man who signed Madonna and the Talking Heads to his Sire Records label.  There’s a lot of music biz history you can read about that can help you for the future.  Read, absorb, and get better.

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

  • May 9 – Selim Bouab, SVP A&R at 300 Entertainment

  • May 16 – Best Of Music Biz 101 & More show

  • May 23 – Dave Lory, Jeff Buckley manager

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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