(Songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) visited William Paterson University last Thursday to talk about his career with the band and the evolution into TV (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) and film (“That Thing You Do”).  WP’s Martin Briley is the dude on your right who conducted the interview.) 

Here it comes…

Thanksgiving, 4 days off, tofurkey, arguing with Grandpa about the election … What else is better?

Before passing the gravy, listen this Wednesday at 8PM as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show plays the Music Biz 101 & More Live panel discussion from November 7th.  Our friends from Warner Music Group, Ticketmaster, Tommy Boy Entertainment, Warner Music Artist Services, and the band Palisades speak nugget upon nugget of music biz wealth.  This is worth the 59 minutes of knowledge.

Meanwhile, the Radiohead catalog is available on Spotify (after Thom Yorke said the service was “the last fart of a dying corpse” three years ago), Tidal and the Prince estate are fighting, One Direction‘s manager shared his thoughts on the current “playlist-dominated culture,” and HERE‘s a great way to turn a bad day into a good one.

Oh, there’s also this:

MBA in Music Management candidates Davonna Approvato (left) and Yolanda Williams model some free Warner Music Artist Services merch given away at the Music Biz 101 & More Live networking event on November 7th.

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.

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.

How My Band Made It Without Really Trying
Combine a cryptic society with the luck of being found by YouTube gamers, and you can see how the band Starset has carved out a living off of their 2014 album Transmissions.  Click to read how much money the band and made.  And how.

The Secret To Getting Noticed On LinkedIn
This is for every single person reading this, whether you’re a student or a professional.  Have you looked at your profile lately?  Now would be a good time, especially since we have a few days off later this week.  Take care of your LinkedIn profile and you’ll be taking care of yourself.

For WNYC, Radio’s Future Is All About Experimentation
Here’s a very cool read about what WNYC (93.9 FM in the tri-state area) is doing as a radio station to stay relevant in a fractured media landscape where fewer people are listening to terrestrial radio.  It’s worth a few minutes.  Give it a click.

Christine Vay Wealth Management

More Radio, Radio, Radio
Here’s an interesting interview with Charlie Cook, the VP of Cumulus Media, which owns the Nash FM moniker.  This is worth a read to see how he got into radio, how he programs his stations, and how stupid the Dixie Chicks are for being rude to him.  Click.

What Does The Future Hold For SoundExchange
I posted this last month and wanted you to have an opportunity to look at it again.  You MUST understand SoundExchange and its importance to the music business.  This is the 21st century.  Any artist or artist manager should understand the basics of SoundExchange.  Click and read this interview with its president, Michael Huppe.

For $800, You Can Open For Cam’Ron
See how.  And ask yourself, why is he doing this?  CLICK!

Managing Your Band 6th Edition Book Cover (front)

What Is Kobalt and Should All Publishers Use It?
Kobalt is both publisher and platform.  In fact, it’s now the #3 publisher in the world (not too far behind our friends at Warner/Chappell).  How do they utilize technology and why do they want their competition to also use it?  Click and read this.  This may be the future of revenue for songwriters.

How Is On Demand Streaming Different From From “Non-Interactive”?
Here Glenn Peoples of Pandora explores the differences in royalty payouts between services which offer highly interactive on-demand streaming versus those that provide a more basic digital radio option, and how these differences impact the modern music industry as a whole.

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!

Band Has $17,000 Worth Of Gear Stolen; Fans Give $18,000
Treat your fans well and they’ll be there for you when you really, really need them.  Click to see how the band RDGLDRN survived their worst nightmare.

Brave New Radio

Podcast of the Week: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings Manager Alex Kadvan

Music Biz 101 & More Live Radio

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

  • 11/23 – Music Biz 101 & More Live
  • 12/14 – Paul Resnikoff – Digital Music News

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 PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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