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The Business Side of Music

Music Industry experts share their experience, insights and career advice 

The Business Side of Music Podcast is a weekly podcast. The main objective is to educate and train musicians to succeed in the music business. The host Bob Bender is an established music industry veteran with years of major label and indie artist experience. Bob guests include music industry experts who share their experiences in the music industry.

This Podcast is one of the world’s most listened music business podcast. It is listened to in over sixty countries around the world, and our shows have been download Over 150,000 times.
You will find that this is an informative and helpful medium for singers and musicians who want to become successful in the music industry.

This Podcast provides essential information about the music business, including recording, copyrights, songwriting, and so much. And the most important you will learn how not to taken by the industry Sharks.

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, festivals, and tours in Europe, Japan, Mexico, and North America.
  • 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
  • Worked with Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Jo Dee Messina, and Hank Williams Jr.
  • Managed Country legend Michael Martin Murphey's record label for 3 years.
  • Co-producer (with his wife, Debbie) of a 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 podcasts in the world.  

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Feb 18, 2020

Guitar player for the Gospel group "The Rambos", songwriter for such hits as "My Father's Eyes", #1 Country hit "Finally", and the Amy Grant  Christmas favorite "Tennessee Christmas", television host for the TNN series "Prime Time Country" as well as "Muzik Mafia" for CMT, Gary Chapman has never really slowed down. He's...


Feb 10, 2020

Hemp Meadows and Denim Skye met back in the 1980's as session players, and have been inseparable almost ever since. After being out of the music business for 30+ years, they decided it was time to get back into the entertainment scene, and created their 60's-70's groovy sounding act, "Hemp & Denim".

Creating music on an...


Feb 3, 2020

Since graduating from Belmont University in 2010, Blane Howard has had the privilege of opening up shows for many country greats including Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Joe Nichols, Lauren Alaina, Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Hunter Hays, Granger Smith, Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band, and others.

In addition to his...


Jan 27, 2020

Meet Chuck Thompson and Sarah Fleshner. He's from Nashville and has worked with such artists as The Judds, Pirates of the Mississippi, Billy Dean Ricochet, Eric Durrance, Wynonna, and Michelle Wright just to name a few. Sarah is from Texas and is on the path of becoming one of the hottest artist managers in...


Jan 20, 2020

Jay Tooke arrived from Canada to Nashville Tennessee originally as a session drummer and record producer. In short order, he found himself immersed in the studio scene taking on the role of being a very hands-on producer, becoming one of the most sought after in Music City for independent artists. Jay shares his...