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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 9, 2018

Larry Butler has devoted nearly his entire life to the live performance side of music. From playing keyboards and guitar in bar bands during high school and college in Ohio, evolving into club and concert promoting, and then moving on to become a tour manager for such acts as Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, and Isaac Hayes. Those efforts led him to two decades at Warner Brothers Records as VP of Artist Relations. Along with his focus to educate the artists to utilize touring as a means to selling records, Larry also coached many young artists in performance, staging, and media relations.

Larry now heads his own company "Did It Music" based in Nashville TN. His focus these days is teaching young singer-songwriters the art of becoming experienced artists, writers, and entertainers. He is the author of the book "The Singer/Songwriter Rulebook: 101 Ways To Help Improve Your Chances of Success".