Music industry experts share their experience, insights & advice!

Hosted by Bob Bender, this weekly podcast features industry experts and guest artists discussing what it takes to be a successful working musician, songwriter or industry professional in today's music landscape.


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About Bob Bender:

Born and raised in Bakersfield California, Bob Bender’s career in the entertainment business started almost immediately upon graduating from High School in 1975, finding employment as a production runner for a local concert promoter. Working his way up the industry ladder over the next several years, Bender eventually went on to produce over 300 concerts and festivals in the Central California region over the next 30 years.

Between 1983 and 1997, Bender also worked in the capacity of Tour Manager for such artists that included 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, and Gene Pitney, just to name a few. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico.

In 1997 Bender saw an opportunity to move to Nashville. "I was offered the position of Manager of Artist Development for Curb Records and jumped on that opportunity as quickly as I could." Soon afterwards, Bender found himself touring with such artists as Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Jo Dee Messina, and Hank Williams Jr. By late 1999, he was handed the reins of the Christian retail division for the label, also becoming Director of Sales for the company. Bender took charge of a department that was producing revenue in the mid 6 figures, and developed it into a million-dollar division for the label.

In 2004, Bender left the label and opened the doors of his own company, Bob Bender Productions, which initially provided consulting for independent artists. In 2005, he began working with country legend Michael Martin Murphey, in turn managing his label for the next 3 years. During this time, Bender had Murphey re-release his 1970’s hit single “Wildfire” as a new mix with the popular country group “Lonestar”. With Bender’s direction, Michael once again appeared in mainstream radio after an absence of over 20 years, with over 400 country stations playing his hit song, along with appearances on television, including CBS’s “Late Night with David Letterman”.

Bender went on to oversee the television promotion and info-mercial marketing campaigns for various country, pop, and Christian artists, working with networks as diverse as TBN and QVC. He has produced, co-produced, or marketed numerous concert DVD projects, including Tommy Cash’s “Fade to Black” concert, Eric Durrance’s “Turn It Off” video (which climbed to #17 on GAC’s “Country Countdown”), along with being the Executive Producer for the Rick Copus Band’s “Don’t Give Up On Me” music video, which won the "Music Video of the Year at the Outside of the Box Film Festival in 2013. Bender was also heavily involved with the “Celebration for Young Americans” television concert special for George H. Bush’s presidential inauguration originally filmed in 1989. Other television & video projects Include “Billy Preston Live in Atlanta” concert (1988), along with the USO’s “Operation Homecoming” television concert special filmed aboard the USS Ranger (1991). In 2015, he along with his wife Debbie, began producing a new television show called “Songs in the Spotlight” which will begin airing in 2017.

Bob has produced numerous album projects including a live-in concert CD for the Grammy award winning artist Billy Preston, along with Americana act Steven L. Smith Band (earning a Grammy nomination for Americana Album of the Year).

Bob served on the CMTA Board of Directors for the Gospel Music Association (GMA), was one of the founding members on the Board of Directors for the Bakersfield Jazz Festival, and has been a guest lecturer at Belmont University in Nashville, speaking on the business aspects of the music industry.

The Business Side of Music is co-produced by Indie Connect and Bob Bender Productions.

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.