Donovan Bankhead, president of Springfield Music Inc., owner of Music Retail Consulting and columnist for the Music & Sound Retailer, has started a new podcast catering to instrumental music retailers. The “Music Retail Podcast” launched on May 27 and featured an interview with NAMM Top 100 Dealer and award winner Tim Spicer with Spicer’s Music in Auburn, Ala.

“Podcasts have become so popular in our culture today, and I listen to them daily, but I was disappointed that there weren’t more podcasts that focused on small and medium retailers, so I decided to do something about it,” said Bankhead.

And while the topics and interviews are all focused on music retail, he thinks retailers of all genres would learn something from listening. “What makes our industry so unique is that it has pieces of so many other industries: retail, services (lessons and repair), rentals; it’s an amalgamation of public and institutional sales similar to other businesses outside of our industry,” Bankhead said.

There are already several episodes available with more on the way. Bankhead said his goal is to add two or three new episodes per month. “If folks like what they hear, it would help tremendously if they would subscribe and also leave a review. It helps to spread the word so that more folks can find it.”

The podcast can be found by searching for “Music Retail Podcast” in a favorite podcast app, or can listen on the web at

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