(WP Jazz major Jianing Yang practices in a hallway last week.  That’s a Pat Metheney autograph on his guitar.  Cool, huh?

Buenas Tardes,

How’s it going?  You feeling good today?  Excellent.

Listen this Wednesday at 8PM as your Music Biz 101 & More radio show interviews William Paterson University music biz alums Kari Keller & Meagan Johnson of Sony Music and Joey Stefan of Viacom.

How did they get their internships?  Did those internships lead to jobs?  What nuggets of wisdom can they provide?  Tune in live.

Meanwhile, Northern NJ’s 25,000-seat Red Bull Arena is open to hosting outdoor concerts.  Taylor Swift‘s bank account is fine thanks to a new sponsorship deal.  Quincy Jones has been suing Sony over Thriller royalties and whether digital downloads were licenses or sales. And speaking of Thriller, Rod Temperton, who wrote that album’s title track in addition to many other hits died last week.

There’s also this:
Jenny Nesenjuk ran a workshop last week for WP Music students reinforcing the importance of LinkedIn, email professionalism, dressing correctly, and sometimes hiding those skull & crossbones tattoos.  Don’t all these people look marvelous?

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.

Was The Kim Kardashian Robbery A Hoax?
According to Digital Music News, Paris officials are actively trying to comb through only a few clues to the alleged assault and robbery of Kim Kardashian.  Was this more of a fabricated, Ryan Lochte type of robbery?  Or did it really happen?

Let’s say it didn’t.  Does that mean Founders Entertainment, the company behind The Meadows Festival, should sue Kanye West for cutting his set short?
Your turn.

Desert Trip Founder Discusses How He Put Together This Weekend’s Who, Rolling Stones, McCartney Concert
Read this to better understand how concerts come together, as well as the power of networking.

Must Read Interview With Cooking Vinyl Chairman Martin Goldschmidt
If you’re interested in how independent labels work, how they pay artists, how those deals are structured, and what goes on in the heads of those at the top, read this.  It is a GREAT interview that gives some great specifics.  Click.  Now.  Do it.

How Apple Music and TIDAL Exclusives Are Shaping The Music Industry
If you read the interview above with Cooking Vinyl’s Martin Goldschmidt, you’ll see him state how music consumers don’t buy songs by labels.  They buy songs (and albums) by artists.

Apple Music and TIDAL are trying to take that a step further by forcing consumers to buy by the music distributor (one step further removed from the artist).  Does this help or hurt the industry?  Let us know what you think.
(Big thanks to Emily Case for the link.)

Christine Vay Wealth Management

Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians Reach Agreement, End Strike
Best part of the article: “Officials say new terms include a salary increase of 2 percent in the first year and 2.5 percent in each of the next two years. That would bring the musicians’ base pay to $137,800 in the third year.”  Do you like that salary?

A Mother Criticizes Vince Staples, And The Rapper Defends Her
This is a good story.  You should read it.

Managing Your Band 6th Edition Book Cover (front)

Crash, Then Listen Carefully: Secrets of a Master Cymbal Maker
At Zildjian, it takes at least 8 years to become a master at making cymbals.  By not being pitched, cymbals can blend well with all pitched instruments.   This is a unique, short read.  Click and take a looksee.

9 Things People Who Fail Do On A Regular Basis
Don’t do any of these.  But click to see if you are.

Why The Most Productive People Start Their Day At 4AM
This isn’t exactly easy for most college students, but if you can get yourself into this habit, you may be happier and less stressed.  Click, read, and give it a try (especially if you’re not a college student!).

Brave New Radio

Podcast of the Week: St. Vincent Manager Alex Kadvan


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

  • 10/12 – WP Grads & Sony Music Future Execs Kari Keller & Meagan Johnson
  • 10/19 – Michael McDonald – Mick Management
  • 10/26 – John Butler – Curb Music VP of Promotion

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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