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The Business Side of Music

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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.  



Nov 14, 2019

Dave Isaacs has been called “a musician’s musician”, a master player with the command and knowledge of his instrument that can only come from a lifetime of experience. In his adopted hometown of Music City USA, he has become known in the music community as the “Nashville Guitar Guru” for his work as a teacher and coach to professional performers, hit songwriters, and the next generation of Nashville’s rising stars.

Nashville might seem to be an unusual place to land for a classically-trained graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, whereas a student he won the Rose Augustine Award for promising young classical guitarists twice. But Dave Isaacs is about as diverse as a musician can be. After a serious repetitive strain injury derailed a classical concert career, he started writing songs. Over 12 albums and nearly 25 years, he has explored a stylistic range from literate singer-songwriter folk to foot-stomping swamp blues, soaring harmony-driven country-rock, and jazz-inflected instrumental excursions. He has rocked a muddy crowd at Woodstock and played the blues with Les Paul, and has now recently added “author” to his resume.

Dave’s book “The Perpetual Beginner: a musician’s path to lifelong learning” is a look back at the author’s formative experiences as a student and young musician, and how those lessons paved the way for a remarkably diverse musical path. Most of all, the book explores how all players get “stuck”, and how a “beginner’s mind” – a return to a sense of eager possibility - leads to an understanding of music in terms of its simplest, irreducible elements. This understanding has no relationship to talent or experience, only the recognition that even complicated problems can be broken down to a collection of simple elements that can be resolved one at a time.

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Host: Bob Bender

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Advisor: Tom Sabella


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Special Thanks to Tom Sabella and Traci Snow for producing and hosting over 100 episodes of the original “Business Side of Music” podcast, and trusting us to carry on their legacy.

Other special thanks to Jim Tennabo for all of his excellent technical expertise and being our audio engineer.

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