Music Biz 101 Live 2016


(Guests and MEO members point out the fun they had at last Monday’s Music Biz 101 & More Live! panel & networking event.


How was your week?  Oops.  Sorry I asked.  In other news:

Listen this Wednesday at 8PM as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show interviews Jake Ottman, VP of A&R for Warner/Chappell, one of the biggest music publishers in the world.  Did you know that A&R isn’t just at a record label?  Did you know that, if you work really, really hard and are really, really passionate, you can find your space in the biz?

Send us a tweet and we may ask your question.

Meanwhile, there’s a big fight between BMI and the Dept. of Justice.  In related publishing news, Don Henley, Eagles co-founder, bashed the U.S. Copyright Office.  And during the last Super Bowl, your digital device gave away how much, or how little, attention you were paying to the game.  Or to Beyonce’s halftime show.

Oh, there’s also this:

Our Music & Entertainment Organization produced Music Biz 101 & More Live for a second year in a row.  This free networking and brain-building featured panelists and industry guests and was a big hit.

Not just because we ran it.

Find someone who went, a panelist, a member of Palisades, one of the attendees at the networking tables.  Hands down, they said they got something positive out of this event.  It was like a giant Hershey’s Kiss was hugging us all night long.

Go to this next year.  It’ll still be free.  And it’ll still be awesome.

Now go 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

Van Duyne, Bruno & Co.

Echo and Alexa Are Two Years Old – Here’s What Amazon Has Learned
You know what Alexa is, right?  If not, click and read.  You should know.  It’s helping Pandora every day.  Did you know that its inspiration came from Star Trek?  If not, click and read.  You know what?  You should just click and read.  This is all good stuff.

UMG Makes $4.48 Million A Day From Streaming Music 
Between January and September, Universal Music Group earned $1.1 billion in streaming revenue.  While at the expense of downloads, business was still up 3.8% from the same time in 2015.  Click and read and keep up with these trends.

I Want My '80s Save The Date

Save the Date: “I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Early Years”
Click on the headline or pic to learn about what will be an ’80s event full of total, 100% awesomeness.  All music will be performed by William Paterson students.  The show will be produced by a William Paterson class.  And the Music Director will be William Paterson alum (and Grammy Award winner) Rob Fusari.  Our special guest for the show is original MTV VJ Mark Goodman.

Want to go?  Details inside.  Want to be a part?  Audition details are inside.  Want to tell people?  Do it!

Why Real A&R Requires Far More Than Online Metrics And YouTube
Leading up to our Wednesday interview with Warner/Chappell’s Jake Ottman, read this interesting interview with a well-respected publishing executive.  A key quote:

“In music publishing in particular, it’s impossible to reduce the craft of A&R to a game of tracking metrics, because it’s crucial that we understand how a songwriter works behind closed doors, not just how well they reach a faraway following.”

Christine Vay Wealth Management

Songkick Gets A Shazam Integration
You probably know about Shazam, the amazing music discovery app (I think it’s better than Apple’s Siri, by far) that can ‘hear’ a song and give you the title, lyrics, artist, album, and give you a link to purchase it.

Shazam is going to work with ticketing and concert discovery platform Songkick to help fans find out more about when and where the artist they just tagged on Shazam is touring.

Will Shazam provide a link to buy tickets?  You would think, although the article doesn’t say.

Would Shazam earn a piece of that revenue?  You would think, although the article doesn’t say.

That said (ha!), it’s still worth a read.  So click.

Live Nation’s Revenues To Top Combined UMG & Sony Revenues In 2016
We wrote above about how well Universal Music is doing in 2016.  Sony is doing well too.  But, to put recorded music revenues vs. live music revenues into perspective, not that Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter, should beat the combined $8.3 billion in revenues with their own $8.5 billion.

Click to read about how they’re doing it (hint: raising ticket prices has a lot to do with it).

Managing Your Band 6th Edition Book Cover (front)

5 Tips To Help You Get DJs To Play Your Music 
This is a good, quick read that you should take a look at.  These are good tips and you probably haven’t thought of them.

How To Position Yourself As A First-Time Job Seeker
Part of the answer?  “It’s all about positioning. You simply need to create an identity for yourself that not only sets you apart but that prospective employers find desirable.” So how do you do that?  Click.

20 Brutal Truths All 20-Somethings Need To Hear
If you’re 18, this is good.  If you’re in your 30s, 40s, 50s, or 60s, this is still good for you.  So don’t let the title turn you off.  There’s some great stuff here.  CLICK!

Brave New Radio

Podcast of the Week: Moe. and Hall & Oates Guitar Tech Frank Robbins

Jake Ottman Music Biz 101 & More

Music Biz 101 & More Podcasts: Stream Us 24/7
Great guests are coming to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show, including:

  • 11/16 – Jake Ottman – VP of A&R at Warner/Chappell
  • 11/23 – Music Biz 101 & More Live

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


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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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