About

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. Bob took over the hosting of the podcast in 2016.

This Podcast is one of the world’s most listened music business podcast. It is heard in 137 countries and has been download tens of thousands of 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.

Bob Bender

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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

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.  

One of the keys in Tom’s playbook is connecting with people in the industry who have already been there. Through his years of accumulated knowledge, online courses and The Business Side of Music Podcast Tom will educate you in the vast array of new tools available and train you to implement them effectively.

Through blogs, ebooks, and podcast you can avoid being taken advantage of by industry sharks, outrageous recording and production costs, and typically costly marketing mistakes.

The Business Side of Music Podcast is a weekly podcast that teaches musicians and singers vital information about the workings of the music industry. Tom Sabella’s life has revolved around music almost from the start. What began as performing as a singer for 22 years, morphed into owning a recording studio, record label, publishing company, and establishing the Penn-Ohio Christian Arts Council, to unite and promote Christian music in that region,

And also Co-founded Regionrock.com a web-based service helping musicians. Based on these experiences, he wrote his first book, Where Do We Go From Here? Believing in music as a positive, motivational force, Tom encouraged high school youth to explore their musical interests, establishing the first curriculum for Entertainment Marketing and Performing Arts in Ohio, including internships. His second book, Don’t Get Taken, Take Control, evolved to protect performers from the music business pitfalls that may threaten their livelihood. Learn how not to get taken by the industry Sharks.

Desiring to reach more contemporaries in the music industry, Tom and his wife moved to Nashville in 2004, The Business Side of Music podcast was born to expand the information and offer ideas current to the technological surges constantly occurring.

Tom has partnered throughout his career with industry professionals to keep aware of artists’ needs. Along with serving on the board of several governing bodies, public speaking and his weekly podcast, Tom has never wavered from his wanting to make a difference. He is passionate about helping artists succeed in their passions and preserving the future of the gift of music.