#184 – Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

Vincent James, along with his wife Joann, are on a mission to help more children (and adults) reap the educational, therapeutic, and social benefits of playing music. They founded the national non-profit Keep Music Alive and two international music holidays: Teach Music Week (March) & Kids Music Day (October), and now partner with 1,000+ music schools and stores every year to offer free lessons to new students and to hold special events that benefit kids playing music.  Over two dozen celebrities and music brands support Keep Music Alive ranging from Casio to Remo and Jack Black to Julie Andrews. This musical couple are also authors of the “88 Ways Music” book series, featuring inspirational stories of how music impacted people’s lives, sometimes dramatically.  80% of all “88 Ways Music” proceeds are donated to music education and service non-profits.  For more information on Keep Music Alive and “88 Ways Music,” please visit www.KeepMusicAlive.org and www.88WaysMusic.com.

The Business Side of Music ™
Lotta Dogs Productions LLC
  • Co-Produced and Hosted (by the guy who has a face for podcasting):  Bob Bender
  • Co-Producer, Creator, and Technical Advisor (the man behind the curtain):  Tom Sabella
  • Director of Video and Continuity (the brains of the entire operation): Deborah Halle
  • Audio/Video Editor Mark Sabella Midnight Express Studio  Olian, NY
  • Marketing and Social Media: Kaitlin Fritts
  • Executive Assistant to Bob and Tom (the one who keeps us on track and our schedules straight) Tammy Kowalski
  • All Around Problem Solver: Connie Ribas
  • Recorded at: The Bunker in Franklin, TN (except during the Covid 19 pandemic, then it’s pretty much done VIA Skype or over the phone, with the exception for those fearless enough to come to Bob Bender’s living room… and there are a few).
  • Mixed and Mastered at Music Dog Studios in Nashville, TN
  • Production Sound Design: Keith Stark
  • Voice Over and Promo: Lisa Fuson
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.

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