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The Entrepreneurial Musician Blog by Andrew Hitz featuring articles on being an entrepreneur in the music business. Show notes for The Entrepreneurial Musician Podcast.

TEM191: Keep asking

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TEM191: Keep asking

Sometimes all you have to do is keep asking. Or do you?

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The no's will come and you just have to keep asking

  • Getting the three yes's takes a lot of rejection

  • The limitless number of reasons why someone may say no to you at any given moment

  • Keep showing up

  • Sometimes you just have to find your people rather than trying to turn others into your people (and this also goes for institutions)

 
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Did you know there are two episodes of TEM every single week? TEM Extra is a weekly episode available exclusively to patrons of the show.

On Last Week's TEM Extra:

  • The list of traits Gary Vauynerchuk values more than skills

  • The most important things to look for in a business partner

  • A reminder from Eunbi Kim on the importance of contracts and planning for worst case scenarios

  • Putting my money where my mouth is (in regards to if no one ever thinks you charge too much money then you aren't charging enough)

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1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next Apple Podcasts goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

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Tweet of the Week: @EricWhitacre

Andrew Hitz

This is a great reminder, and not just for students.

As entrepreneurial musicians it can be so easy to get wrapped up in the grind of making your art, developing true fans, updating your website, networking, staying on top of social media, making enough money to live indoors and eat food.

It can all get so overwhelming.

That’s why it is so important to carve out some space to regularly get back in touch with why we signed up for this grind in the first place. It makes our art better and reaffirms our mission.

I’m glad Eric posted this.

TEM Extra: Episode 5

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TEM Extra

An extra episode of TEM every single week!

Episode 5 of TEM Extra is available exclusively to supporters of The Entrepreneurial Musician. Become one today!

On Today's TEM Extra:

  • The list of traits that Gary Vaynerchuk values more than skills

  • The most important things to look for in a business partner

  • A reminder from Eunbi Kim on the importance of contracts and planning for worst case scenarios

  • Putting my money where my mouth is (in regards to if no one ever thinks you charge too much money then you aren't charging enough - someone did and they let me know it!)

TEM190: Don't fit in

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TEM190: Dont fit in

A series of questions to ask yourself to make sure your art isn't fitting in.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • In today's music business, fitting in is the kiss of death

  • A series of questions to ask yourself to make sure your art isn't fitting in

Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next Apple Podcasts goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

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Tweet of the Week: @garyvee

Andrew Hitz

This is a great list!

Skills can be acquired. (Especially if we bring a growth mindset to the table!)

But each thing on this list comes only from years of cultivation. That is why they are more valuable than skills.

This list is especially relevant when considering a new partner in a business venture. Always look for a skill set that is complimentary to yours. But even more importantly, always look for the human qualities that are most important to you.

Because acquiring them is not as easy as watching a few how-to YouTube videos.

TEM Extra: Episode 4

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TEM Extra

An extra episode of TEM every single week!

Episode 4 of TEM Extra is available exclusively to supporters of The Entrepreneurial Musician. Become one today!

On Today’s TEM Extra:

  • A wonderful tweet by @operancoffee about not letting the internet drown out your inner voice

  • The powerful human instincts that make us want to conform and why we must resists the pull to conform at all costs

  • Steven Pressfield's warning about doing too much research

  • The two step process to getting noticed on the internet (Spoiler: It's simple, but not easy!)

  • Plus I talk about Beyoncé, Mike Gordon, Umphrey's McGee, and more!

TEM189: Dale Trumbore Quotes

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TEM189: Dale Trumbore Quotes

This episode of TEM features my favorite quotes from my conversation with composer Dale Trumbore in TEM144.

Quotes:

  • “My idea of success as I defined it as I was 18 was ‘I will know I am successful when I am making my living as a composer’ and that’s shifted over the years as I mentioned before. I have eight piano students. I’m happy to have them. I’m happy to have a source of steady income.”

  • “I love having the morning to do business things and the afternoon to do creative things. Again, that’s what works for me. I know everyone’s different. But once you find your own personal creative rhythm you should do everything in your power to make that possible and to create and carve out that space for yourself.”

  • “That particular essay is also about not getting so attached to particular performers. Like, ‘oh if this one chorus just did my music I would feel like I made it. I’d feel like I was finally successful. I’d get a ton more commissions as a result. That might be true, but looking at my career, and looking at my friends’ careers too, it is very rare that one single performance has that kind of effect.”

  • “Feeling like you have any obligation to put anything on your website is a recipe for disaster I think. It’s up to you completely how you structure your website and what you put on it and why.”

  • "You do all this research and it might take five minutes. You don't have to dig deep into the history of what this ensemble has done. But you get a really good feeling for the kind of music that they do and then you look at your own catalog and you see what music you have that would be a good fit for them. An actual, real good fit. And then you say something like 'I think this piece would be a really good fit for you because I've noticed that you loved doing this piece' or 'you did a really beautiful performance of this piece and so I thought you might enjoy my piece."

  • "I've found too that just labeling things when they come up is so helpful. Recognizing that something is a pattern and that it comes up every time and knowing that you can be like 'Oh, this is the day where I hate everything I've written and tomorrow or two days later it's gonna be fine again.' That helps you move through it, again, without attaching any additional stress or anxiety to that moment."

  • "It's okay if things take time and they will take time. And if you set a very, very narrow, specific goal for yourself you're not very likely to succeed."

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1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next Apple Podcasts goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

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Tweet of the Week: @operancoffee

Andrew Hitz

We are constantly bombarded by advice, feedback, lecturing, trolling, pontificating and tons more information that is not helpful to us moving anything forward.

The internet is the most powerful tool the world has ever known for sharing and for learning new things. The problem is the signal to noise ratio.

Now that anyone can broadcast anything literally any time of day, it is hard to get noticed. But getting noticed is a topic for a different post.

The powerful reminder in this tweet as I read it is that the pull to conform to what other people suggest is right for you or for the world can be quite strong. Sometimes that advice is great and will move you forward. But frequently that advice is vague, without context and not helpful.

Listen to your inner voice and let it steer you while also always remaining willing to accept new information. That has been the key to surviving and thriving throughout history but is especially so now.

TEM Extra: Episode 3

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TEM Extra

An extra episode of TEM every single week!

Episode 3 of TEM Extra is available exclusively to supporters of The Entrepreneurial Musician. Become one today!

On Today’s TEM Extra:

  • The passing of Rick Ocasek, one of the most genuinely unique characters to come through the music business (as a performer, songwriter and producer) in a long time

  • A Miles Davis quote that is one of my favorite ever uttered by any musician

  • The key to being a creative person

  • The benefits and the responsibility that come from being an artist that is sharing something with the world

TEM188: Don't go wide (TEM Short)

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TEM188: Don't go wide (TEM Short)

A TEM Short on resisting the urge to go wide with your art.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Resisting the urge to go wide

  • Why doing so is a form of hiding

Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

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Tweet of the Week: @JCrongeyer

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The first thing I told my students in The Entrepreneurial Musician class at Shenandoah Conservatory this semester is “In today’s music business, if you’re invisible, you’re dead.”

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A little dramatic but an important point!

Ron Davis warned about being fungible in TEM19 and I have quoted him about 900 times on the podcast since that interview in 2015!

Ric Ocasek, who just passed away yesterday, was someone who sure didn’t fit in. His songwriting career was remarkable. His performing career was remarkable. His producing career was remarkable. His look was unmistakable. He was not fungible.

And for sure he wasn’t for everyone. But the people he was for gobbled up all of the art he produced and told the people within their corner of the world all about it. That’s what great artists inspire.

So thanks for the reminder, Ric. Fitting in is for the timid. Being yourself is not only marketable, it’s also how to lead a successful and fulfilling life as an artist. #RIP

TEM187: Evolving your organization to increase your impact and being flexible as an entrepreneur - A conversation with David Reynolds, Jr.

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TEM187: Evolving your organization to increase your impact and being flexible as an entrepreneur - A conversation with David Reynolds, Jr.

David Reynolds Jr. is a music educator in Fairfax County, Virginia and the founder of Vienna Jammers.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • How the Vienna Jammers got their start

  • Why they needed to officially separate from Fairfax County Public Schools in order to grow the project

  • The decision to form a nonprofit in 2012 and the reasons behind it

  • Acquiring skills to further your mission (whether that is strategic planning for a nonprofit or building your own marimbas!)

  • The importance of keeping a growth mindset as an entrepreneur and an educator

  • The power of the word "yet"

  • The evolution of the Board of Directors and their roll within Vienna Jammers

  • "Every year we get really good at something."

  • Founder's syndrome

  • The future of Vienna Jammers

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Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

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Tweet of the Week: @pwallinga

Andrew Hitz

Not only should you not feel bad about being the least experienced or least “talented” in the room, you should seek it out!

Whether as an artist or an entrepreneur, you should actively seek out situations where everyone around you can do things you can’t do. Or they do can do them just a little better. Or a little more efficiently. Any difference that gets you closer to achieving your goals as an artist.

And as Patricia points out, absolutely take credit for even being in that room in the first place. It takes courage to be in that room. It takes none to stay out or to only find rooms where you are the best one there.

But that’s not where growth happens. And that’s not how great art is made.

(FTR I love her use of quotes around the word talent. Get that fixed mindset stuff out of here!)

TEM186: The key is showing up (TEM Short)

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TEM186: The key is showing up (TEM Short)

The key to doing anything well is simply continuing to show up.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The benefits you get when you continue to show up

  • Making a commitment and honoring it

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Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

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Tweet of the Week: @gildawabbit

Andrew Hitz

I really like these two tweets. So straightforward yet the kind of thing that I need to hear with some regularity.

“So fail y’all. Fail hard. Then get back up and try again.”

(And I love the two gifs!)

TEM185: Becoming a published composer while still in middle school and resisting the expectations of others in order to blaze your own path - A conversation with composer Tyler S. Grant

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TEM185: Becoming a published composer while still in middle school and resisting the expectations of others in order to blaze your own path - A conversation with composer Tyler S. Grant

Tyler S. Grant is a composer, conductor and music educator based in Alabama.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The business reason behind adding a middle initial to his name

  • How he ended up meeting and working with his mentor, Brian Balmages

  • The many things Brian has taught him including how to balance your career with the rest of your life

  • There is something we can learn from absolutely anyone in the music business

  • The meaningful connections Tyler made with guest artists as a college student by volunteering to drive them to and from the airport

  • His first composition for band which was only 90 seconds long and took him months to write (which got performed at the Midwest Clinic!)

  • Why he felt like he had arrived when he got that first piece published and as a result didn't release anything in the following year

  • Being that driven from an early age and the lessons he learned along the way

  • Learning to resist the expectations of the industry and others so you can find your own artistic path

  • Why having a degree in something, while valuable, is not a requirement to creating art

  • His decision to self-publish his music and to form an LLC

  • The crazy schedule he kept as a college student to be an in-demand self-published composer (including enlisting the help of his fellow students to get orders out)

  • Hiring a "ghost printer" to keep up with demand and how that kept his sanity

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Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Tweet of the Week: Gary Vaynerchuk (garyvee)

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To quote Gary Vaynerchuk, ideas are shit. This is a little bit of an oversimplification but the point remains a vital one.

Once on an episode of The GaryVee Audio Experience, I heard Gary tell a room full of 30 people that they as a group within a day could come up with next 100 great ideas that will change the world.

The hard part is not coming up with a great idea. The hard part is not only executing on one of them but executing better (or earlier or in some way different) than everyone else in your tiny corner of the world.

The idea muscle is one worth flexing. But the execution muscles are the ones that most people only engage every so often.

And that’s why most of us aren’t that good at getting things over the finish line.

TEM184: If she could do it, you can too

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TEM184: If she could do it, you can too

You might not be too busy. It might just be an issue of priorities. An episode inspired by the incredible Toni Morrison.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The incredible story of how Toni Morrison didn't get published until she was a 39-year-old single mother

  • The story we frequently tell ourselves (we're too "busy") when it's actually just an issue of priorities

  • Being okay with admitting to yourself that something isn't a top priority

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Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Tweet of the Week: @ThisIsSethsBlog

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Seth mentioned this story about Pema Chodron and the radiator in one his episodes of Akimbo and I almost pulled the car over it was so good.

So for him to mention it again in a blog post this past weekend brought a smile to my face.

“My biggest takeaway is that the key leap wasn’t in discovering that the sounds came from a radiator. The lesson is that acting like it comes from a radiator completely solves the problem.”

It’ll make sense if you take 45 seconds to read the post!

TEM183: Embracing the business elements of music and common mistakes that will tank your career: A conversation with Umphrey's McGee's Joel Cummins

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TEM183: Embracing the business elements of music and common mistakes that will tank your career: A conversation with Umphrey's McGee's Joel Cummins

Joel Cummins is the keyboardist for Umphrey's McGee and the author of The Realist's Guide to a Successful Music Career.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Joel's brand new book, The Realist's Guide to a Successful Music Career (trust me - it's awesome!)

  • Why we have to embrace the career and business elements of music if we want to have successful and fulfilling careers

  • The Passion Test

  • The importance of finding like-minded artists to collaborate with (one of the secrets to the enormous success of Umphrey's McGee)

  • Common mistakes that will tank your career as a musician

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Want to help the show? Here's a couple of ways you can do that!

1. Help me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by pledging as little as $1 per episode to support the show: https://www.patreon.com/tempodcast.

2. My next iTunes goal is 150 ratings and 75 reviews. Take just a minute to leave a rating and review on iTunes to help me get there. Thank you!

And finally, a huge thank you to Parker Mouthpieces for providing the hosting for TEM.

Produced by Andrew Hitz

Show notes for all episodes of TEM including topics discussed, links to all books and websites referenced can be found at:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes