(This is Gina, the future of the music industry and the treasurer of William Paterson University’s MEO (Music & Entertainment Organization) for the 2018-2019 school year.  She’s also quite the singer/songwriter.  Look up Gina Royale on Spotify or YouTube.  You’ll be glad you did.)

Our next Music Biz 101 & More radio show
will be this Wednesday, September 26th.  Our 8pm show will feature an interview with Cindy da Silva, co-owner of The Rocks Management.  Cindy’s company manages The Zombies.  She led them from the trash heap of rock’s past to a successful, re-energized touring band.

How did she and her team do it?  What can everyone learn from this for new bands?

Stream the show live on Wednesday HERE!

By the way…

Harvey Leeds, music industry legend and still the manager for Southside Johnny and a consultant for Live Nation, spoke to a William Paterson University personal management class this past week.  Sure, he dropped a few words that can’t be uttered in a Disney movie, but his stories and lessons were priceless.  Thanks, Harvey!

Meanwhile, our Twitter account stays alive and active.  Have a question about anything?  Tweet us: @MusicBiz101wp

Now keep scrolling down.  There’s more great stuff below, including a special link to a special report about the live music industry by Live Nation.

See you very soon!

Your Professor David Kirk Philp

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

40% discount.  Hurry! 

Music Biz 101 & More Radio Shows: Here’s Who’s Coming Up Soon! 

Great guests are coming over the next few months to your Music Biz 101 & More radio show.

  • Roctober 3 – Cindy da Silva, The Rocks Management

  • Rocktober 10 – Amy Sciarretto, Atom Splitter PR

  • Rocktober 17 – Music Business Attorney George Gilbert

  • November 14 – Harvey Leeds, Live Nation/Southside Johnny Manager

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

Nat Hays and Jonny Kaps started +1 Records a little over a decade ago, before The Great Recession.  They saw a hold in the recorded music industry and started their own label.  “Everything had just been torched, everyone was covered in soot, and we walked in with clean clothes and a fresh idea.”

That’s what you need to take from this article.  Like most, you don’t see all of the specific, day-to-day tasks that Hays and Kaps did in order to get a deal with 300 Entertainment.**

If you read this article two or three times, then read THIS INTERVIEW with Spotify’s Daniel Ek that we gave to you a few weeks ago, and then read THIS THANG that we enlightened you to read in the spring, then you’ll have a much better idea of how to think about the music business.  You’ll learn more about how to think, how NOT to do what everyone else is doing, how to try and fail and get right back up and try again.

Stealing from our Spotify article recap, here are some takeaways that you’ll get from reading it the interview with Ek:

  • The pace of innovation is greater at Netflix than their competitors and therefore they’re winning.
  • I don’t think I fully appreciated how much of your product roadmap gets impacted by going public: There’s so much plumbing you have to fix. Now it feels like we’re finally now getting back to focusing all of our resources and all of our attention on building things for our customers.
  • Even when I have a shitty day, I still need to be better than everyone else.
  • I might go for three days and not sleep because I’m focused in that moment.

Click and read.

(Thanks to Dr. Esteban Marcone for the link to this!)

**Note: 300 Entertainment’s Head of Business & Legal Affairs, Mark Robinson, is the 2018-2019 Visiting Resident Expert at William Paterson University’s Music & Entertainment Industries program.

Further Reading For You This Week:

Looking for a good story about not giving up too soon?  Here’s this (thanks to Jake Udell’s blog for the tip):  Acres of Diamonds

Live Nation is being sued by a former stage hand, who got injured on a Drake & Future tour in 2016: Rigger Sues Live Nation

Greg Maffei is the president and CEO of Liberty Media, Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment, and Chairman of SiriusXM, which bought Pandora last week.  Some are considering him the most powerful man in music.  Read HERE.


Brave New Radio Wins Marconi Award

Congratulations to Brave New Radio, the host radio station of your favorite radio program, Music Biz 101 & More, which won the 2018 Marconi Award for Noncommercial Radio Station of the Year.  They beat out four other stations in the category, but, ultimately, they beat out every other noncommercial radio station in America for the award.

‘Twas the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) that bequeathed this award to your favorite college radio station.  Here’s a quote from the article you want to read:

“William Paterson’s WP 88.7 FM has won a stream of awards, including being named Best Radio Station in the Nation (among institutions with more than 10,000 students) by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) four times since 2012.”

Congratulations to our friends!  And while we’re at it, here’s a pic from our show last week, which featured 300 Entertainment’s Head of Business & Legal Affairs, Mark Robinson:

One Of America’s Best

(Ben Weinman, Kimbra’s manager and former Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist, with a WPU MBA class in 2018.)

Billboard Magazine officially announced its top 2018 music business programs on June 27th, and William Paterson’s undergraduate and MBA Music & Entertainment Industries programs received this national recognition.  Read the full article HERE.

If you didn’t click above, here’s what they said…

Wayne, N.J.

“There is no doubt in my mind that William Paterson University does an amazing job preparing students for the future,” says RCA Records co-president Joe Riccitelli, an alumnus of the school. “Their courses are relevant and competitive in today’s music business.” WPU’s music and entertainment industries program is now complemented by an MBA in music and entertainment management. The school produces the Music Biz 101 & More radio show and podcast, whose recent guests have included Scooter Braun and Florida Georgia Line manager Seth England.

Faculty: The school, 20 miles west of Manhattan, has visiting music/entertainment industry experts who lecture undergraduate and MBA students. Along with Riccitelli, recent participating executives have included Atlantic Records executive vp promotion John Boulos, Warner Music’s Matt Young and Dan Goldberg, and Atlantic head of digital strategy, marketing and e-commerce Paul Sinclair.


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 & Entertainment Industries and 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 PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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