Business Side of Music

The Business Side of Music is an interview show designed to help independent artists and songwriters better understand and navigate the music industry. 45-year industry veteran, Bob Bender talks to successful guests from every corner of the industry about their careers to discover the things they did right as well as the lessons they learned from any mistakes they made.


The Future of the Annual NAMM Show

After a comprehensive year-long search, The NAMM Executive Committee and CEO Search Committee is pleased to announce industry veteran and music education advocate John Mlynczak is the new President and CEO of The National Association of Music Merchants. The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has been around for the past 122 years). Simply put, if NAMM wasn’t doing it, you would notice, but at the same time, you don’t see NAMM helping the music manufacturing industry evolve and grow. With that, comes new membership opportunities, that not only include manufactures and retailers, but now provides an aspect that fits within the individual that works within the music business.

John Mlynczak is now only the 4th CEO of the organization in the past 77 years. With that, he’s had his hands full in addition to running the organization, but also rebooting the annual trade shows since Covid hit in 2020. The Global Pandemic simply shut down the Winter NAMM Show in January 2021 in Anaheim CA, along with the annual Summer show in Nashville TN. Since the reopening of public gatherings, the folks at NAMM have now worked to host three Winter NAMM Shows over an 18 month period. The most recent show had 50,000+ attendees visit the convention, and with 120 Countries being represented (and with 30% of attendees being international), it’s still the largest global gathering of the music industry.

John and his team are working to continue to build the brand that NAMM is known for, creating exciting trade shows, along with helping the music industry evolve into the 21st Century.

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  • Showrunner and Executive Producer Emeritus: Tom Sabella

  • Producer and Host (the guy who has a face for podcasting): Bob Bender

  • Management Representation: Chuck Thompson for Thompson Entertainment Group, LLC

  • Co-Producer - Audio/Video Editor (the man behind the curtain): Mark Sabella

  • Director of Video and Continuity (the brains of the entire operation): Deborah Halle

  • Marketing and Social Media (all knowing): Sarah Fleshner for 362 Entertainment

  • All Around Problem Solver (and Mental Health Therapist for us): Connie Ribas

  • Recorded inside what could be an old beat up Airstream Trailer located somewhere on what’s left of Music Row in Nashville TN (Man we sure do miss Noshville, and the Longhorn Steakhouse)

  • Mixed and Mastered at Music Dog Studios in Nashville, TN

  • Editing and Post at Midnight Express Studio located in Olian, NY

  • Production Sound Design: Keith Stark

  • Voice Over and Promo: Lisa Fuson

Special Thanks to the creator and founder of the podcast, Tom Sabella, along with 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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