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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.

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TEM 64: Andrew Hitz of Pedal Note Media on Leveraging Your Unfair Advantage, Using a Business Model Canvas and Transitioning From One Main Gig to Doing Lots of Things

Andrew Hitz

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The tables were turned for this episode of TEM and I was the one interviewed for a change! I thought this would give those in the audience who didn't know my entire backstory the chance to get to know me a little better.

A huge thank you to Lance LaDuke for interviewing me!

Topics Covered:

  • How I got started playing the tuba

  • The moment I realized I wanted to become a professional musician

  • How instrumental my parents were in my success

  • How my lack of being even remotely entrepreneurial while in undergrad lead to me playing only two paid gigs in four years despite receiving a lot of praise

  • At what point in my career I started to veer from focusing primarily on being an orchestral player

  • What my two college teachers instilled in me that "gave me permission" to follow my own path

  • How I got my first big break in the music business and how my training had me prepared for it

  • What led me to start thinking like an entrepreneur after many years in Boston Brass

  • Why my first two ideas for a website were failures

  • How Lance and I used a Business Model Canvas to come up with the idea for Pedal Note Media

  • How we identified our "unfair advantage" to give us a head start

  • How the Band Director's Guide Series came about

  • How and why Hitz Publications has morphed over the last five years from selling through traditional channels to directly selling to customers

  • What's next for Pedal Note Media (Spoiler: It's ecourses)

  • How both Lance and I have gone from doing one thing 100 times a year to doing a whole lot of things a few times a year and how that is a different challenge


Favorite Quote:

  • "The key to having great ideas is having lots of ideas."

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Produced by Joey Santillo

Show Notes for Episode 31: What's In Store for TEM in 2016

Andrew Hitz

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This is a quick run down of what's in store for the podcast in 2016 including a few changes to the format. As you'll hear, I will still be doing interviews with industry leading entrepreneurs. But I'll also be discussing various aspects of entrepreneurship with different guests in a more in depth basis.

I will also be discussing my latest venture which will soon be found at I'll be sharing the entrepreneurial lessons I learn (hopefully not all the hard way!) as I launch this brand new business.

I'm excited for what the year ahead has in store!


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You can help offset the ongoing costs of producing the show by making a small donation at Your support is greatly appreciated!

Produced by Austin Boyer and Buddy Deshler of FredBrass