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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.

Show Notes for Episode 42: Nate Zeisler of The Colburn School

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Nate Zeisler is the Director of Community Engagement and Career Development at the Colburn School and one of the founders of Arts Enterprise. Over a decade ago he was at the forefront of the entrepreneurial movement within academia and is constantly working to educate students about the intersection of business and the arts.

Nate has had a fascinating career that has included being an elementary band director, a professional bassoon player, a creator of multiple organizations and a professor known for breaking down barriers within academia.

His positivity is contagious and his passion for his work is genuine and he was one of the people I instantly knew I needed to interview when I first dreamed up this podcast.

Topics Covered:

  • How he spent two years doing research before he founded his first chamber ensemble
  • The importance of knowing your risk tolerance when plotting your career
  • How he met his future cofounder of Arts Enterprise when he waited on her table as a doctoral student
  • Why the immediate success of arts enterprise at the university of Michigan made them aware that it would also work well at other schools
  • Why teaching an entrepreneurship class that combined music majors and business majors was so fascinating
  • Why being successful on a number of different fronts led him to reaching a breaking point
  • The importance of sustainability
  • What young musicians need to know about the intersection of business and the arts
  • The "Three Buckets" of project-based work


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