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The Business Side of Music

Music Industry experts share their experience, insights and career advice 

About Bob Bender

Bob is an established music industry veteran with years of major label and indie artist experience. His credits include but are not limited to:

  • Produced over 300 concerts and festivals
  • Tour Manager for Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, Billy Preston, Dwight Twilley, Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, A Flock of Seagulls, Mark Lindsay (of Paul Revere & The Raiders fame), New Kids On The Block, Gene Pitney and more.
  • Manager of Artist Development for Curb Records
  • Toured with Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Jo Dee Messina, and Hank Williams Jr.
  • Worked with country legend Michael Martin Murphey; managed his label for 3 years.
  • Co-producer (with his wife, Debbie) of a new television show called “Songs in the Spotlight”.

Tom Sabella founded The Business Side of Music podcast in 2009 with co-host, Traci Snowe. Through mid-2016 they recorded over 100 episodes and made it one of the most popular music industry podcast in the world.  


Jul 15, 2019

What if someone came along and created a 3-day camp where you could learn to write a song, record it, and then perform it live on stage in one of the most famous country music venues in the world?

Bob Ekman, CEO of Country Music Fantasy Camp along with his staff, has done precisely that. The all-inclusive 3-day...

Jul 8, 2019

Are you an artist, singer/songwriter, producer, engineer, graphics artist, photographer, or an overall industry professional looking for a way to get your name and services out there whether it be in a co-working environment, or online thru a network of fellow industry professionals?

Meet Logan Crowell, who is the...

Jun 26, 2019

Anytime you go to the movies, watch a television show, see a commercial, or play a video game, the one consistent item is there is always music playing in the background. How does that music get there, and how as a songwriter can you make money in the process. There's now a workshop to help not only answer all...

Jun 17, 2019

It all started in 1978 when a young composer/musician named David Chesky, who was beginning a career on Columbia Records, found himself frustrated with the lack of artistic control afforded by his position. He asked his business partner and younger brother Norman if he thought they should start their own record...

Jun 10, 2019

Founder and CEO of Indie Connect, Vinny Ribas shares with us his upcoming series of artist/songwriter workshops taking place starting this month. The workshops are designed for the aspiring artist to seek out information from some of the industry's top professionals, including managers, publishers, producers,...