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Apr 8, 2020

TEM208: Own your own timeline

This episode is about working at your own pace and being okay with that.

TEM has a brand new website! Drop by tem.fm and say hello!

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Owning your own timeline and specifically what that means in this pandemic
  • Being okay with not producing too much art if that's not where your head is at right now
  • Patreon bonus material is going to be recorded live for the time being as a chance for my patrons to hang with me and each other

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

1. Want to access exclusive bonus coverage while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.tem.fm/shownotes

Mar 24, 2020

TEM207: Finding balance in these confusing times

This episode of TEM is all about giving ourselves the space to find balance in this new and ever-shifting reality.

TEM has a brand new website! Drop by tem.fm and say hello!

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Allowing myself the space to find my personal creative rhythm during this international crisis
  • Being patient and kind to myself under stress
  • Putting the needs of my family in front of my desire to get things done
  • Having to make space for things like TEM since my usual life rhythms are gone

Links:

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

1. Want to access exclusive bonus coverage while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.tem.fm/shownotes

Mar 11, 2020

TEM206: Amanda Gookin on jumping first and making art that is unabashedly outspoken

Amanda Gookin is a New York City-based cellist, entrepreneur and activist.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Amanda's motto: "Jump first and learn to swim later"
  • The value of considering things carefully but when the time comes taking action quickly and decisively
  • Why being blissfully naive as a young person was beneficial to her creativity
  • How the idea for another project that didn't quite happen as originally planned led to the creation of PUBLIQuartet
  • The balancing act of having a successful chamber ensemble
  • How listening to a political interview with a strong and unapologetic woman during a commute inspired her to create the Forward Music Project
  • The difficulties of getting a new project with no track record off the ground financially and how she navigated that with the Forward Music Project
  •  How she responds to people telling her to "stay in her lane" and to leave politics out of her art

Links:

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

1. Want to access exclusive bonus coverage while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.tem.fm/shownotes

Feb 20, 2020

TEM205: Recalibrating your defintion of success (TEM Short)

The importance of regularly making time to recalibrate your own personal definition of success for yourself.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • A reminder that we shouldn't outsource our own definition of success
  • The importance of making the time to recalibrate that definition from time to time
  • The value of getting an outside voice to help us get the "30,000 foot view" of ourselves and our career

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

1. Want to access exclusive bonus coverage while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.tem.fm/shownotes

Feb 13, 2020

TEM204: Why you're probably not charging enough

The two reasons why you're probably not charging enough.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Valuing your own time enough when considering pricing
  • The story that pricing tells our customers and potential customers
  • If no one thinks you are too expensive, you aren't charging enough

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

1. Hear extra TEM episodes including bonus episodes with every guest while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.tem.fm/shownotes

Jan 23, 2020

TEM203: The old ceiling is the new floor

What used to be good enough to succeed in music in now simply the cost of admission.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Why incredible technique doesn't equate to success nearly as much as it used to
  • Insights from a concert presenter
  • Why we need to recalibrate our efforts to improve at our craft in order to maximize our traction in today's music business

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

1. Hear extra TEM episodes including bonus episodes with every guest while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.tem.fm/shownotes

Jan 9, 2020

TEM202: Bandsintown CEO Fabrice Sergent on connecting artists to fans and the value of learning from others

Fabrice Sergent is the CEO and cofounder of Bandsintown.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The rebranding of Bandsintown for Artists and the features available to artists for free
  • Bandsintown as a discovery engine and why that's so important for both artists and fans
  • The importance of network effect in a platform when looking to scale something
  •  The value of learning from others and being curious
  • Utilizing tools that help artists automate things like updating tour dates across multiple platforms

Links:

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

1. Hear extra TEM episodes including bonus episodes with every guest while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.tem.fm/shownotes

Dec 30, 2019

TEM201: Simply get going (TEM Short)

This TEM Short is a call to action for 2020 inspired by a quote from Angela Beeching.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • A quote from Angela Beeching that has me fired up
  • A call to action for 2020

Links:

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

1. Hear extra TEM episodes including bonus episodes with every guest while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.tem.fm/shownotes

Dec 16, 2019

TEM200: Angela Beeching on claiming your artistry and getting over the fear of asking for help

Angela Beeching is the author of Beyond Talent and a music business coach and consultant.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Scarcity thinking and the constant urge to prove ourselves
  • The value in spending money to get a music business coach
  • A specific process that enables you to write a bio that truly resonates with people
  • Why sharing your art is actually caring about the people meant to encounter that art
  • You're never ready - just take the first step
  • Productivity Planner journal that Angela is now addicted to
  • The fear of asking for help
  • Remembering that you are part of a much larger community

Links:

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

1. Hear extra TEM episodes including bonus episodes with every guest while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.tem.fm/shownotes

Dec 3, 2019

TEM199: Thank you

A heartfelt thank you and a look back on the last 100 episodes of TEM.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the show in any way and enabled me to get to 200 episodes
  • Lessons learned from a handful of conversations that have occurred since TEM100
  • The cost of not being yourself
  • Using thoroughly researched methods
  • Finding your own personal creative rhythm
  • Giving yourself permission to pursue the passions in your life that you've been putting off
  • The importance of getting the right message to the right audience in as clean and concise manner as possible
  • Should you pivot, persevere, or punt?

Links:

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

1. Hear an extra TEM episode every single week while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Nov 26, 2019

TEM198: 40,000 songs a day (TEM Short)

Some quick thoughts on a stunning statistic.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The insane statistic that Ari Herstand shared in TEM197
  • What this statistic means for all of us
  • Once we make amazing the work is not done
  • A quote from the future!

Links:

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

1. Hear an extra TEM episode every single week while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Nov 23, 2019

TEM197: The democratization of the new music business and polite persistence - A conversation with Ari Herstand

Ari Herstand is a musician in Los Angeles and the author of How to Make It in the New Music Business.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The swell of "middle class" musicians in the new music business
  • Vulfpeck has no label and no manager and yet just sold out Madison Square Garden
  • The old music business had one way to succeed - the new music business has 100 ways you can make a career happen
  • The most important thing any musician can do according to Ari
  • Why you can't have a Plan B
  • The democratization of the music business and the ability of any artist to reach an audience without being granted permission first by a gatekeeper
  • Polite persistence
  • Ari's very specific advice on writing a great pitch email

Links:

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

1. Hear an extra TEM episode every single week while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Nov 16, 2019

TEM196: Why Starbucks isn't overpriced

Why I don't think Starbucks is overpriced even though I'm not a fan of their coffee.

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • How Starbucks sells more than just coffee
  • Why artists must think about the entire experience we are offering rather than just the art in a vacuum
  • A reminder that not everyone will sign up for the experience you are offering
  • What we as artists can learn from a world-class restaurant

Links:

  • TEM Extra: Episode 10 - A bonus episode with Mark G. Meadows discussing the vital need to outsource aspects of your business, the advice he would give to his college-aged self if he could go back in time, and the importance of creating a network early because you will need people along the way

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

1. Hear an extra TEM episode every single week while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Nov 7, 2019

TEM195: I've never heard of you (and that's not a problem)

Why we shouldn't sweat it when someone who is our ideal potential customer has never heard of us.

***Let me help you connect with more fans and make more money in the music business. Get a free consultation from TEM Coaching today***

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • The reminder I received last week that you no one has heard of everything
  • Why we can't spend a lot of energy worrying about people having heard of us or our art rather than making art the world can't live without
  • The YouTube channel I'd never heard of that has over 10 million subscribers (and that makes content I love!)

Links:

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

1. Hear an extra TEM episode every single week while helping me get to my next goal of $100 per episode on Patreon by becoming a patron today: 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:

http://www.andrewhitz.com/shownotes

Oct 31, 2019

TEM194: It's all about engagement

Whether it's prospective clients or already converted true fans, it's all about engagement.

***Let me help you connect with more fans and make more money in the music business. Get a free consultation from TEM Coaching today***

On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Why engagement is more important in today's music business than ever before
  • Remarkable examples of audience engagement from Time for Three, Travelin' Light and Phish
  • True fan engagement at its best courtesy of Taylor Swift and Umphrey's McGee
  • How to engage with prospective clients in a remarkable way

Links:

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

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

Oct 24, 2019

TEM193: Finding your five adjectives and the power of outsourcing - A conversation with acclaimed artist Mark G. Meadows

Mark G. Meadows is a musician, actor and teacher based in the Washington DC area and my colleague at Shenandoah Conservatory.

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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:

  • Why most people will be against you whenever you try to change the culture somewhere
  • One hell of a quote from Les Brown about aiming high and dreaming big
  • The importance of consistently shipping your art when it comes to converting people into true fans (and serving the true fans you already have!)

Listen to last week's TEM Extra here.

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On Today’s Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • Why being a good person comes out in your music and in your relationships
  • The universe will tell you what your passion is if you listen to it
  • The crazy story about Mark landing a lead role in a musical when he wasn’t an actor!
  • Mark’s remarkable bio (it includes a mission statement!) and how being an outsider growing up informs that mission statement and his art to this day
  • Finding your five adjectives
  • Why the best feedback can sometimes come from people you don’t know
  • Outsourcing and why anything you can teach someone else to do is something you shouldn’t be doing yourself
  • A reminder that everything (from delegating tasks to making your art) is a practice

Links:

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

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

Oct 17, 2019

TEM192: Don't let technology use you - A conversation on productivity with Lance LaDuke

For this week's episode I am joined by my Pedal Note Media partner, Lance LaDuke, for a conversation on technology and productivity.

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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:

  • A tweet by Dan Hockenmaier that exaggerates a point about how passion isn't everything but still hits on something incredibly important
  • Making art that fills a need
  • Some wisdom from Yoko Ono via fellow musician Alan Theisen about living on someone else's schedule
  • Going against the grain of the many different cultures we are all engrained within (and why that's so hard sometimes)
  • The career course corrections I am constantly experiencing by interviewing such brilliant people for TEM

Listen to last week's TEM Extra here.

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On Today's Episode of The Entrepreneurial Musician:

  • If you make something for 90 days in a row and then don't on day 91, would anyone notice?
  • Thinking of a social media platform as an infinity pool and realizing you are the product
  • The entrepreneurial lessons you can learn from a trip to the grocery store
  • The spirit behind minimalism and how it can apply to entrepreneurs
  • Carving out time to be creative as an individual or as an organization
  • Finding your creative rhythm and knowing when in the day to do your creative work and when to do your busy work
  • The shifting collaborative schedule this fall for Pedal Note Media and how we finally seemed to have settled on a good rhythm
  • Lance's trick to not waste hours a day on social media
  • Having the self-awareness to know when it would be best for you to change a behavior or some aspect of your life
  • A system that Lance used this summer to leverage a Sudoku game he was playing into regular productivity
  • How good we both are at doing busy work done when we have important work to do

Links:

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

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

Oct 10, 2019

TEM191: Keep asking

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

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)

Head to Patreon to gain access today!

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)

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

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

Oct 3, 2019

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

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

Sep 24, 2019

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."

Links:

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

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

Sep 17, 2019

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

Sep 10, 2019

 

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

Links:

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

 

Sep 3, 2019

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

Links:

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

Aug 27, 2019

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

Links:

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

Aug 20, 2019

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

Links:

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

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