Brave-athon contest winners

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Your Weekly Music/Entertainment Industry Social Media Wrap-Up

Exciting Announcement of the Week:

Your Brave-athon Contest Winners Are…

Your Music Biz 101 & More radio show ran a fiesty contest that ended last week in support of WPSC: Brave New Radio‘s annual Brave-athon event taking place on Friday, April 17th.  The two winners each receive a live 30-minute set on WPSC plus a post-set interview with Professors Marcone & Philp (yeah, that’s the best part).

This revolution in radio will also be televised, so keep looking out here or on our website for details.

Oh – the winners were singer/songwriter Melanie Marie and indescribable band Tigerman.  Click on the link or the fantastic collage image above to hear each winner’s music.  You’re going to be impressed.

Must Read of the Week:

You see that pic?  Yes!  Your Music Biz 101 & More radio show made the cover and the innards of this week’s Aquarian Weekly magazine.  Click on the pic, the headline, or HERE to read all about the goal of the radio show/podcast (and this newsletter):

To educate the community of DIY artists & musicians so they can succeed to the fullest extent of their capabilities

While you’re reading, how about streaming WPSC: Brave New Radio HERE.

Must Reads of the Week II:


Viacom Agrees To Pay $7.2 Million To End Internship Lawsuit

Promotions Intern – The Aquarian Weekly Magazine

New Music Seminar Volunteer/Internship

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Internship Opportunity

If you’re a college student, you should click on each of these links.  You’ll understand what’s going on in the internship world (some of them pay, if you didn’t know).

The NJSO Opportunity is especially ripe; they reached out to us to let students know.

The Aquarian opportunity is cool if you’re into the Indie Rock scene.

And we’ve had students over the past few years volunteer for June’s New Music Seminar in NYC.

Take advantage of these opportunities.

Pic of the Week #1:

Alissa Pollack, posing above with a WP student, visiting William Paterson University this week as part of the 2015 Music Management Seminar Series. Alissa, Executive VP of iHeart Media, was interviewed by SiriusXM VP Talent & Industry Affairs/WP Adjunct Steve Leeds.

Click HERE or on the pic to read our recap in tweets.

Must Read of the Week III:

What’s Wrong With The ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Ruling

By now, you must have heard that Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. lost the “Blurred Lines” vs. “Got To Give It Up (Pt. 1)” infringement lawsuit to the Marvin Gaye estate.

There was immediate reaction everywhere, many people declaring this as the end of the world for songwriters.  The NY Times took a different view.  Click on the pic or headline to read about the issues involved. What’s your opinion?
Note: Thicke/Pharrell/T.I. are appealing this verdict, so we haven’t heard the end of this story.

Pic of the Week #2:

“Keep On Keepin’ On,” the fabulous documentary directed by WP alum (and drummer!) Alan Hicks and starring WP alum Justin Kauflin and the late WP Permanent-Artist-In-Residence Clark Terry, screened on campus this past week.

The film is available on demand and DVD plus coming to Netflix streaming shortly.  Watch it and become inspired.  Keep a box of tissues by your side too.  It’s THAT good.


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More Stuff To Check Out:

‘The Music Industry Would Be Insane To Dump Freemium’

You know what the term ‘freemium’ is, right?  Freemium is Spotify.  Or Youtube.  Freemium is giving consumers free access to music catalogs.

If you’ve been a good student of the music industry and have read this newsletter each week, you’ve seen how Apple is on the verge of releasing their new streaming service.  You’ve also read that Apple, and the major labels (and major indies, I assume), want people to pay.  There is no ‘Freemium’ in the new Apple model.

In other words, be aware that this awesome free access to music is on the verge of potentially drying up.  Or changing.  Is this good?  Do you think it’s good?  Will this hurt or help artists & songwriters?  Read the quotes in the article and come up with your own opinion.  Then share those opinions with us by clicking Reply or hitting us up on Twitter or Instagram: @MusicBiz101wp

(Special Note: This part of the newsletter has been written while listening to Spotify – the free, ad-supported version.  The group I have on?  Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.  Ever heard of them?  I hadn’t either.  Until I used Spotify’s Discover tool.  So there.)

And Then There’s…

Spotify Projects $1 Billion Revenues For Universal, But Are The Numbers Right?

Click to read details of a leaked email from Spotify to the Universal Music Group in which Spotify projected $1 billion in payments to the music giant by 2016.  Why did this get leaked?  One guess is because of the article above: Universal wants more.  And it appears they’re leaning toward the paid-Apple model and away from Freemium.

Click and check this out.  The writer questions if the $1 billion is possible.  Whether it is or not, it looks like we’re going to start seeing a public argument between Freemium companies (by the way, the 3 majors are equity owners of Spotify, so that makes this a little weird) and the Big 3.

Remembering Lisa Adams

For those of you who still question if social media, and particularly Twitter, is of any value to society, read this.  It’s about a writer/wife/mother of three, Lisa Adams, who recently died of breast cancer.  She took followers on her journey.  Apparently, it wasn’t the kind of journey you would expect.  It’s worth a click.

What Can You Do With A Degree In Music?  6 Fun & Reward Careers

Click & read.  Did you know you could do this stuff?  Oh, yes you can.

Must Listen Of The Week (#1):

There’s a new Cinderella movie from Disney, which means there’s a lot of new merch coming out too.  Somebody’s not to happy about this.  Listen to this report about the film and its detractors.

Must Listen Of The Week (#2):

The Unlikely Saviors Of The Music Biz: 12-Year-Olds

This is a great link to listen to.  Why?  Because it’s 12-year-olds who are still buying CDs and merch and tickets and whatever they can get their hands on.  The tween market is a $17 billion market.  Nothing to sneeze at.  So grab a box of Kleenex and give a listen.

The Sync Project’s Ambitious Quest To Use Music As Medicine

Can music be a way to treat autism, insomnia, fatigue, or depression?  The Sync Project aims to see.  Read how this startup is combining wearable tech with the medical community and Spotify playlists.

Bookmark This!! (Other Stuff To Click On & Read)

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McDonald’s Asks Indie Band To Play For Free At SXSW Showcase; Here’s The Band’s Response

Tax Credit Passed For Companies That Record/Produce In NY State (Thanks Dan Barrecchia!)

How Covering The Right Song At The Right Time Can Catapult Your Music Career

The Resurgence Of Vinyl In Seven Graphics

A Manifesto For The Future Of Free Music

How To Optimize Your Spotify Playlist

And finally…

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Until next week (or our next class),

Professor Philp

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