Welcome to the Business Side of Music Podcast!  We are so glad you stopped by.  The Business Side of Music is a weekly podcast focusing on all aspects of the music industry. We talk about recording, copyrights, songwriting, cataloging, and so much more. If you are looking for a podcast to help you successfully move your music career forward, you are in the right place.

The Business Side of Music Podcast boasts a combined 80+ years of music industry expertise.  Founded by music veteran Tom Sabella and hosted by music veteran, Bob Bender, our Podcast interviews musicians from every facet of the music industry. Some of our guests have included world renowned guitarist Phil Keaggy, singer-song writer Michael Omartian, and personal brand expert, Lindsey Kirkendall to name a few. Having successfully maneuvered their way through the music industry, our guests come on the show to share not only their successes but also the pitfalls within this industry. 

Bob has a way of engaging his audience by asking all the right questions in a positive – sometimes humorous way, giving you the listener, clarity and the pertinent information you need to move your music career successfully forward. So come on in – take your shoes off and stay awhile.  We think you are going to like what you hear!

Bob Bender Host
Bob is an established music industry veteran with years of major label and indie artist experience.
  • 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.
  • Managed Michael Martin Murphey’s label for 3 years.
  • Co-producer (with 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

Tom Sabella founded The Business Side of Music podcast in 2009 with co-host Traci Snowe. Tom’s passion for music, people, sharing his expertise and the knowledge he gained over the years led him to start the Business Side of Music Podcast.  Tom’s passion is to encourage people in all things music while educating them on the pitfalls within the music industry.

Through mid-2016, Tom and Traci recorded over 100 episodes making the Business Side of Music Podcast one of the most popular music industry podcasts in the world.  Tom and Traci’s 100th episode was recorded at the legendary RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, and many more iconic musicians recorded.

Tom’s music career began with a successful 22-year professional singing career.  At the conclusion of his singing career, Tom was far from done with music.  Indeed, his singing career was only the beginning.  He went on to start his own recording studio, record label, publishing company and established the Penn-Ohio Christian Arts Council to unite and promote Christian music in western Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio.

As an educator, believing in the power of music to change lives, particularly in young people, Tom was a pioneer in creating curriculum in the world of marketing and performing arts for high school students.  His curriculum provided internship opportunities for his students, the first of its kind.  To this day, Tom is still in contact with some of his pupils he so positively influenced.

In 2004, Tom and his wife Patty moved to Nashville to be closer to the music scene where Tom has met and served people from all facets of the music industry.  One of the greatest highlights of Tom’s career has been the opportunity to interview and work with some of the greats in the industry including John Schindler, Tony Brown, Marc Jordan, Phil Keaggy, The Imperials, Joe Moscheo, James Burton, Joe Guercio and The Stamps Quartet. 

Since Bob has taken over hosting the Podcast, Tom continues to work behind the scenes to keep it moving successfully forward.  He is in the process of writing an online course using his second book, Don’t Get Taken Take Control, 12 things every musician needs to know. Tom’s online course will outline  a series of lessons thru the web  educating us about what to do, what not to do and how to avoid the pitfalls within this industry. Tom is also a much sought-after speaker and mentor within the music industry.

Music is in Tom Sabella’s DNA.  If you have had the pleasure of meeting Tom, you will know instantly that he cares about people.  Coupled with his love for music and love for people, having Tom on your team is a win-win.