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TEM Blog

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

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:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

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:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Tweet of the Week: @pwallinga

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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:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Tweet of the Week: @gildawabbit

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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

Tweet of the Week: Rachel Syme (@rachsyme)

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This is for all of us who think we are “too busy” to accompish _________. (I’m looking at YOU, college students!)

In fairness, I’m looking at all of us, because we all fall into this trap from time to time. The trap is believing the voice in our head that says we are “too busy” to accomplish something without recognizing it for what it almost certainly is instead, an issue of priorities.

Toni Morrison was a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who had nothing to do with the writing business until she was 36. That is the opposite of having an “in” within a profession.

She wrote her first book, which wasn’t published until she turned 39, by waking up before her kids did every morning because she was a single, working mother. That’s when she could get the writing done.

Now that’s dedication.

Anyone can wake up two hours before their children and do two hours of work before they are on parent duty. Anyone.

My primary gig for the last five years has been stay-at-home dad. The time I’ve been able to devote to my podcasting, freelancing, consulting, Pedal Note Media, college teaching, private teaching, residencies, writing, recitals and everything else I’ve got going without my son present has been at a premium for over five years.

Guess how many times in those five years I woke up early enough to get hours of work done before my son woke up. Twice.

TWICE.

Why? Because being a parent is hard as hell. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I just didn’t have it in me to wake up that early.

But that’s okay!

I got to a place where I was at peace with my Band Director’s Guide series not having a new volume come out for years. I got to a place where I was okay that I didn’t release the TEM Podcast on a rigidly regular schedule.

The fact is I made a choice, whether intentionally or just through my actions (or lack thereof), that making those things happen wasn’t worth me trying to parent on dangerously little sleep (dangerously for my sanity!)

If anything I’ve been putting off ever rose to the level of truly urgent, I would have woken up at 4:00 am. Or quit my teaching job (which I did but then a much better one fell into my lap!) Or put my son in daycare (which we wanted to avoid if we could.) Bottom line is I would have changed something to make it work.

So the next time you tell yourself you are “too busy” to do something, think of Toni Morrison and ask whether it might just be an issue of priorities.

What an inspiration that woman was to us all. She is dearly missed.

TEM182: Aligning your priorities and actions for a new year (TEM Short)

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TEM182: Aligning your priorities and actions for a new year (TEM Short)

For many in the music business, September 1st serves as a reset which is a great time to align our goals and actions.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • September 1st marks the start of a new academic year as well as a reset for much of the music business, which serves as an opportunity to make sure our priorities and current actions are in alignment

  • An exercise to bring these into alignment

  • A trick to figure out what your priorities really are

  • Why perfect alignment should not be your immediate goal

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: James Clear (@JamesClear)

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This one is pretty straightforward and was still something I needed to be reminded of.

The big things we do are reinforced.

The little things we do are reinforced.

The intentional things we do are reinforced.

The unintentional things we do are reinforced.

Proceed with caution.

TEM181: Owning your own network and turning an idea into a product- A conversation with Truelinked CEO Sune Hjerrild

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TEM181: Owning your own network and turning an idea into a product- A conversation with Truelinked CEO Sune Hjerrild

Sune Hjerrild is a former professional tenor and the CEO of Truelinked

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The story behind Sune losing all of his opera contacts in France that led him to realize how vital it is for musicians to own their own network

  • The importance of not having all of your career eggs in one basket

  • The original idea behind TrueLinked and how it has pivoted over time

  • The decision to purchase OperaBase and why that brought so much value to the platform

  • The importance of reaching customers where they are already hanging out

  • The conversation Sune had with an entrepreneur on a short flight that inspired him to get to work on his idea which eventually became Truelinked

  • The "Four Big A's" that Truelinked serves: Arts organizations, artists, agencies and audience

  • Why good agents are still the heart of connectivity in the opera world

  • The "zero error culture" many musicians are raised in and why we have to battle that if we want to be successful entrepreneurs

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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 Drake Domingue

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

TEM180: The rule of thirds (TEM Short)

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TEM180: The rule of thirds (TEM Short)

The best advice I've ever received about speaking to an audience.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The unintended side effects of catering to the people who are only kind of digging your presentation (spoiler: it waters down the message that is resonating with your true fans)

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 Drake Domingue

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

TEM179: Eunbi Kim

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TEM179: Discovering your own space and finding collaborators who are deeply commited - A conversation with Eunbi Kim

Eunbi Kim is a pianist, teacher and entrepreneur based in New York City.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • How Angela Beeching changed her life by teaching her how to find her own space within the music business and the world

  • Eunbi's project Murakami Music and all that went into making it a reality

  • The importance of communication and contracts with people you collaborate with (and why the best time to discuss things like exit strategies is when everyone is getting along)

  • Her textbook email asking me about appearing on TEM

  • Bespoken, a music mentoring organization founded by Eunbi and Gina Izzo

  • The dangers of comparing your real self to someone else's social media self

  • The teacher she had in college who was so abusive that she became overcome with crippling self-doubt and how she came through the performance even stronger

  • Why ego-based fear is so damaging to artists

  • The power of affirming your own good intentions

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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 Drake Domingue

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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Straight fire from Gary Vaynerchuk about paying attention to haters online.

“Go do something because the only thing holding you back is being worried about what other people might say.”

Warning: Lots of strong language in this one!