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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 59: Garrett Hope of The Portfolio Composer Podcast

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Garrett Hope is the host of The Portfolio Composer Podcast, a composer, a bass player, owns a piano tuning company and is a consultant.

Note: Since we recorded this interview, Garrett has rebranded Composer On Fire as The Portfolio Composer Podcast.

Topics Covered:

  • How entrepreneurial thinking led him to ultimately choose bass over guitar as his primary instrument
  • The factors that led to him getting turned off by academia which led him to becoming an entrepreneur
  • How starting a piano tuning business made him realize he needed to apply the same entrepreneurial principles to his music career
  • The skills musicians need as the world moves more and more towards a freelance economy (and they don't teach them in music school)
  • The challenge of thinking about art as a business
  • Why it's imperative to identify exactly who your audience is
  • The importance of having a rich network to utilize when trying to serve a specific niche
  • How Garrett came to have world-renowned thought leader Seth Godin as a "guest" on his podcast
  • The audacity of asking
  • The power of asking "And then what?" to get to the bottom of fear
  • The Brand Fascination Assessment Test
  • The power of outsourcing (even though it can be scary to spend money on things)
  • Understanding cash flow as a small business owner and the importance of keeping good records
  • Why we've all networked already on some level
  • How networking is the bread and butter of a musician's life
  • How to create a spreadsheet to get organized about your networking



Favorite Quote:

"In 10 years, more than 50% of the workforce will be freelancers. That's where we're heading and musicians need to be prepared for that."

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